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August 14, 2000
Can Dennis Miller save Monday Night Football? Well, it's like giving chicken soup to a dead man: can't hurt.—ROY C. BOYER, Boulder, Colo.
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Can Dennis Miller save Monday Night Football? Well, it's like giving chicken soup to a dead man: can't hurt.
—ROY C. BOYER, Boulder, Colo.

Monday Night Booth
When are networks going to realize that sports fans simply like to watch football (Live, from New York, It's Monday Night! July 3)? Whether we tune in on Monday night depends on who's playing and the importance of the game to the standings. Do television execs think we'll watch based on who's announcing?
RON KAZYAK, Midland, Mich.

The question you should be asking is, How long will it take for Miller to destroy Monday Night Football? What was once a show that fans enjoyed will be ruined with a goofball in the booth. Anyone who's seen his show on HBO knows that it's full of vulgarity and low-life humor.

ABC blew the most obvious call of all by not moving the best broadcast team in football—Paul Maguire, Mike Patrick and Joe Theismann—to one night later.
San Diego

Am I the only one who still misses Alex Karras?
Wyomissing, Pa.

Don Ohlmeyer has it figured: "You watch with friends, having a couple of beers, some good lines going back and forth—you have a fun afternoon." That's how I judge analysts and color announcers. Would I enjoy their banter if they were sitting behind me in the stadium? Only John Madden passes mat test. Dan Fouts is a probable. Dennis Miller? We'll see.

I am one of the millions of NFL fans who, if our favorite team isn't playing, would rather sit with our buddies, drink beer and watch the World Wrestling Federation on Monday night. That's right—wrestling. Fake, phony, fixed, scripted and a heck of a lot more entertaining than a football game that usually doesn't have any more importance than any of the games that were played the day before.
JOE MUFALLI, Toms River, N.J.

Carter's Club
I was happy to see an article about the work Cris Carter has put into getting a ring (Time Trial, July 3). But it isn't Carter who has to improve for the Vikings to win. The team averaged 24-9 points per game during the 1999 regular season, and in the playoffs against St. Louis, the Vikings scored 37 points—and lost. Maybe if they found some defense, Carter would get that ring.

Carter's achievements are more impressive when you consider how many quarterbacks were on the front end of his 924 catches and 114 touchdowns—including Randall Cunningham, Wade Wilson, Rich Gannon, Sean Salisbury, Warren Moon, Brad Johnson and Jeff George. What numbers would Jerry Rice have put up without Joe Montana and Steve Young?
Herndon, Va.

Game of Cards
I was born and raised in St. Louis (These Buds Are for You, July 3) but have since moved to Houston. I have been to several baseball games in both cities. Houston's Enron Field has Tal's Hill, the flagole in center, the grand old throwback train on the outfield wall, the retractable roof, restaurants in the outfield and a million other expensive amenities. Busch Stadium in St. Louis has hard seats, no shade and 49,779 wild, screaming, die-hard fans who'd prefer watching the Cards at plain old Busch over any game, anywhere.

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