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October 23, 1995
Jerry Jones has stretched the rules to gain more for his team. He's a genius.BILL BARMANN, CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, OHIO
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October 23, 1995


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Jerry Jones has stretched the rules to gain more for his team. He's a genius.

Two Votes for Jerry
This NFL attack on Dallas Cowboy owner Jerry Jones is bogus ( Cowboys for Sale, Sept. 18). If the NFL were serious about its marketing philosophy, it would have sued Georgia Frontiere and Al Davis (again), and be warning Bud Adams and his Houston Oilers to stay put. The league ignores these money-grubbing moves and focuses on Jones. How can you blame Jones for trying to make the system work for the Cowboys?
SCOTT D. MATTSON, Cheyenne, Wyo.

What's wrong with a man wanting to market his business as he sees fit in order to get the greatest return on his $140 million investment? NFL owners say that "what goes around comes around," and one day, when the Cowboys are not on top of the world, they will need to be subsidized by whatever team is. So what? Jones, like any good businessman, is willing to take that risk.
JOE SOLLEY, San Angela, Texas

Carry a Big Stick
It's easy to see why no one can figure out Tony Gwynn (Fear of Failure, Sept. 18), an athlete who prefers "perfect weather, soft grass and a low profile" to a $13 million signing bonus. In an era when players change teams at the drop of a hat, and teams change cities for a chance to play in a bigger stadium, Gwynn is a breath of fresh air. Unfortunately, these days we idolize hired guns such as Deion Sanders instead of appreciating (batting) champions like Tony Gwynn.

Tony Gwynn's low-key demeanor and the fact that he has played in San Diego (not exactly a media hotbed) have prevented him from becoming a big-name star like Frank Thomas or Barry Bonds, but Gwynn's dedication to and enjoyment of the game make him one of the bright spots in baseball.
OWEN LOCKWOOD, Fairfield, Conn.

Richard Hoffer's article portrays Tony Gwynn as a player concerned only with his batting average and obsessed with winning batting titles. Hoffer fails to acknowledge Gwynn's defensive improvement. In addition to his six batting titles, Gwynn has been awarded five Gold Gloves.

Last January, Gwynn appeared at a clinic at The Peddie School in Hightstown, N.J. He flew in from San Diego, spent four hours working with 170 youngsters, then had to fly back home. His fee? Zip.

I have been a part of baseball for almost 50 years as a player and coach and have never met a more intelligent, articulate gentleman, nor a more generous one. Gwynn is a true champion.

Perhaps this year the MVP award should go to the player not most valuable to his team but most valuable to the game of baseball. The American League has Cal Ripken Jr., who is probably happy to be getting out of the spotlight, and the National League has Tony Gwynn, who is the best hitter of the '80s and '90s. Players like Ripken and Gwynn can help heal the wounds that the business of baseball has inflicted on the game of baseball.

Running Up the Score
Where have you been? The Nebraskas, Penn States and Florida States of college football have been running up scores on outclassed opposition for years (Thrown for a Loss, Sept. 18). Nebraska may use its relatively weak Big Eight schedule as an explanation for not playing more quality opponents, but when nonconference foes such as the University of the Pacific appear on the Huskers' schedule, the excuse rings hollow. Penn State, as an independent until recently, regularly ran roughshod over the likes of Rutgers, Pittsburgh, Temple, Boston College, West Virginia and the service academies.

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