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February 19, 2001
Reilly's column could be a warm-up for one dealing with Corpo-Name Bowl disease.—BILL JENKINS, Hamilton, Ohio
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Reilly's column could be a warm-up for one dealing with Corpo-Name Bowl disease.
—BILL JENKINS, Hamilton, Ohio

The Name Game
I agree with Rick Reilly regarding the tragedy of giving sports venues corporate names (THE LIFE OF REILLY, Jan. 15). What if owners took the next logical step? How about the NASDAQ Yankees or the Clairol Bears or the AOL Lakers or...?

As a long-suffering Cincinnati Bengals fan, there is one thing for which I'm grateful to team president Mike Brown: He didn't sell out our new stadium's name to some corporate giant. Paul Brown Stadium lives up to its namesake, and I'm thankful for that.
JEANNE RUTER, Cincinnati

Rick's hex is working fine. The Rams play at the TWA Dome. That airline has just flown into bankruptcy. We in the St. Louis area wonder if that stadium might be renamed the Chapter 11 Dome.
JOHN J. REKOWSKI, Glen Carbon, Ill.

Excuse me, but doesn't your fine magazine use advertising as a moneymaker?
JOHN THORPE JR., Nashville

You could have mentioned Edison International Field in Anaheim, home of the Angels. With the energy crisis in California, Edison International's stock has taken a tumble, and its subsidiary, Southern California Edison, is on the verge of bankruptcy.
GARY KOGER, Brea, Calif.

Lords of the Ring
Steve Rushin's article on the N�rburgring brought back fond memories of my lap with the other tourists on the 'Ring seven years ago ('Ring Tossed, Jan. 15). His description of the German drivers as speed lovers is right on, and his description of photographer Bob Martin's vomiting had my wife and me laughing till tears came.
CARL STEVENS, Winston-Salem, N.C.

As an auto enthusiast and a part-time racer, I was disappointed by Rushin's article. He took a great opportunity and used it to belittle people he obviously doesn't understand. Send me. I'll be glad to drive the 'Ring at speed and write about the euphoria that occurs when man and machine are one.
DAVE BECK, Springfield, Ill.

For those of us who spend our weekends trying to shave .1 of a second off a lap instead of a stroke from our golf game, the 'Ring is our Mecca. Fortunately, few people in this country know of it, or should I say, knew of it before Rushin produced his story. Thanks for making my proposed pilgrimage that much more difficult to accomplish (my wife has read the article) and, if I do get there, that much more crowded.
MIKE OUELLETTE, Seymour, Conn.

Not a Cooper Booster
The real reasons John Cooper was terminated as football coach at Ohio State were obvious to anyone who follows the Buckeyes (SCORECARD, Jan. 15). It had nothing to do with Michigan. It had everything to do with the steady deterioration of one of the most storied programs in college football. That wide receiver Reggie Germany finished the fall quarter with a 0.0 academic average is Germany's fault. That Cooper didn't know about it before the end of the quarter is a reflection of how out of touch he was.
DANIEL K. WEST, South Padre Island, Texas

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