MAULE'S ALLTIME PICKS
As an avid fan of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, I hate to see Tex Maule retire from your stall (Oh, That 200-Yard Run! Sept. 1). Reading his articles during the football season has been a great pastime. I will miss his insight into the game.
The only pleasant aspect of Tex Maule's retirement is that we no longer will have to suffer through his annual prediction that the Dallas Cowboys will win the NFC title and pulverize some helpless AFC opponent in the Super Bowl. Enjoy retirement, Tex, but pick a new team.
RICK D. SMITH
Tex put it the only way it can be said, "The best running back who ever lived was Jim Brown."
If Jim Brown ran, Gale Sayers flowed. If Brown powered through a string of potential tacklers, Sayers leaped over them. If statistics are what Tex Maule based his selections on, then perhaps Jim Brown could be classified as the best runner ever. However, if one is to consider performance, Sayers is No. 1. He was an artist who painted pictures on the field.
As usual, Sonny Jurgensen's outstanding career has gone unnoticed. Tex Maule is certainly qualified to speculate on who were the best football players, but how he could have left Sonny off the list of quarterbacks, Ell never know. Jurgensen's passing and play calling were remarkable throughout his career.
MARK R. GRAVES
I can find no fault with the sentiments expressed by Tex Maule. As a linebacker on the 1951 New York Yanks of the NFL I do, however, think an important point was overlooked. The average 1950 graduate could anticipate greater earnings in non-athletic pursuits than in sports. This is no longer the case. With the high potential earnings in athletics, a much higher percentage of graduates is now anxious to go into the pros.
Maybe today's 1,536 NFL players are in it for the money, but I feel the quality of their performance is equal to, or higher than, that of the 416 players of 1950 who, for the most part, were playing because they loved the game, selectivity notwithstanding.
RED RAIDER OUTLOOK
How could you leave Texas Tech out of your Southwest Conference scouting report (Sept. 8)? The Red Raiders upset Texas last year and went on to the Peach Bowl.
?Not only that, new Head Coach Steve Sloan has junior Quarterback Tommy Duniven healthy again after a midseason back injury in '74. Tech could be tough. Sorry.—ED.
I was extremely pleased to read Robert H. Boyle's article (Poisoned Fish, Troubled Waters, Sept. 1). Though the PCB problem has been the subject of nationwide hearings by the Environmental Protection Agency, it has yet to receive the public attention needed to eventually force a solution. Boyle's article will, I hope, begin the process.