So, 98% of fans get their only NFL experience through television? I wonder if any of the panelists have watched a game on television. What a boring, confusing mess! Every play is seen at least three times, the announcers never stop talking, and there is a constant stream of irrelevant statistics.
Art and Anne Layton, Stamford, Conn.
No Tears Shed for Umps
After reading the article on umpire Tom Hal-lion, I felt no sympathy (INSIDE BASEBALL, Aug. 30). I am getting tired of people claiming to be victimized when they bring misfortune on themselves. I am surprised that Ian Thomsen kept referring to the umpires as having been fired. They quit. They did not lose their jobs. They gave them up while trying to circumvent the employment contracts they had signed. Only in pro spoils would anyone want us to feel sorry for someone who quit and received $250,000 in severance pay.
Jack Rood, Marietta, Ga.
Now Hallion is going to have to get a real job, and, heaven forbid, his wife might have to work like millions of other mothers.
Mike Cappadonna, Biloxi, Miss.
No sympathy here, Tom. You and your fellow umps gambled with the futures of your families. How could you do that?
Ed Bronowicz Jr., Pittsburgh
Less Is More
I am pleased to finally read that there is some consideration being given to reducing the number of major league teams (INSIDE BASEBALL, Aug. 30). This is an idea that should be extended to other professional sports. The quality of play in baseball has never been so dismal, and this can be directly attributed to a dilution of talent.
Erick Mertz, Corvallis, Ore.
Punt It Again
You people need to tighten your computer security. A hacker got into your system and typed in the name of Tommy Davis of the 49ers as greatest punter. Yeah, right. The greatest punters have been Sammy Baugh of the Redskins (leather-helmet era), Yale Lary of the Lions (above, black-and-white-TV era) and Ray Guy of the Raiders (modern era).
Mike Murray, Mason, Mich.