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January 19, 2004
Twin PeaksLike most Tennesseans, I root for Peyton Manning—except when the Indianapolis Colts are playing our Titans. I feel obligated to point out, therefore, that your account of the showdown between the Colts and the Titans was misleading {Hand Him the MVP, Dec. 22). Michael Silver has Peyton "out-dueling" Steve McNair when the Colts beat the Titans 29-27, a game worthy of the MVP award they now share. No doubt Peyton played well, as did the rest of the Colts. But McNair, who had two touchdown passes, threw for more yards and also went above and beyond Manning by running for a touchdown and a two-point conversion.RON SAMPLE, Clarksville, Tenn.
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January 19, 2004

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Twin Peaks
Like most Tennesseans, I root for Peyton Manning—except when the Indianapolis Colts are playing our Titans. I feel obligated to point out, therefore, that your account of the showdown between the Colts and the Titans was misleading {Hand Him the MVP, Dec. 22). Michael Silver has Peyton "out-dueling" Steve McNair when the Colts beat the Titans 29-27, a game worthy of the MVP award they now share. No doubt Peyton played well, as did the rest of the Colts. But McNair, who had two touchdown passes, threw for more yards and also went above and beyond Manning by running for a touchdown and a two-point conversion.
RON SAMPLE, Clarksville, Tenn.

High School Hazing
Your special report on the hazing scandal at Long Island's Mepham High described a truly appalling situation {Rite Gone Wrong, Dec. 22). The apologists in the community and at the school are among the culpable characters in this horrific story. No student or adult should have to fear reprisals from those who condone this type of hazing. The perpetrators are bullies who exhibit their cowardice by picking on the defenseless. God have mercy on them.
DONALD CARR, Sylvania, Ohio

Instead of rallying behind the victims, my community decided to show its support for the coaches and principal. A team knows from the coach's attitude, words and actions what behavior will and will not be tolerated. It was the coaches who let the three boys continue to practice with the football team they had brutalized, even while the incidents were being rumored throughout the school. Whose judgment was lacking then? Why would my neighbors want these men coaching our football team?
DEBRA GERRITY North Bellmore, N.Y.

To the head coach and principal who said, "How could we have known?", as a teacher and coach I must say it is your job to know. I make it clear that I want to know about every act of bullying or intimidation. Anyone who criticizes or insults a teammate or schoolmate who has the courage to tell me about these acts will be dealt with as severely as the bully himself. There is no middle ground. Either you fight bullying with all your power, or you are part of the problem.
DAVID KOHN, Columbia, Conn.

The sad reality: If it is happening in Bellmore, it is happening elsewhere.
SUSAN SHELDON, Middleton, Mass.

TiVo, or Not TiVo
Thank you, Rick Reilly, for a long overdue tribute to the greatest time-saver in history (THE LIFE OF REILLY, Dec. 22). Every man in America should have a TiVo so he can focus on what's truly important—his wife and children. There's nothing like spending a Sunday afternoon in the park picnicking with the family and then leisurely catching the Eagles' game minus the interminable coaches' challenges, premeditated end zone celebrations and 20 commercials for Fox's Laugh Out Loud Sunday.
ERIC GRUBMAN, West Chester, Pa.

I've yet to experience the godsend known as TiVo, but I immediately recognized a problem: You miss the drama of sports. Admittedly, baseball games get boring when Billy Wagner throws over to first base seven times in a row, but there's nothing like the tension between pitches in the late innings of a close contest. With TiVo the art of the games is lost. Does anyone who has it watch the first 40 minutes of an NBA game?
J.D. KOZIARSKI, Lansing, Ill.

TiVo is great for entertainment shows but not for sports. TiVo doesn't know when a game runs over its scheduled time, which happens frequently. You risk missing the best part of the game if you let TiVo do its own scheduling.
STEVE CAPLAN, Gaithersburg, Md.

Initial Response
OMG (oh, my God)! SWMBO (she who must be obeyed) thinks I've lost it (AIR AND SPACE, Dec. 22). She should have known. She married an IE (industrial engineer) from GT ( Georgia Tech)—currently No. 12 in the AP, but nothing matters until the start of the ACC. She just doesn't understand why the NHL needs OTL's or why ESPN needs to be on 24/7. I hope Steve Rushin's column will help explain my case. Otherwise, I may be SOL.
MC from the ATL
(MATT CALLAWAY, Atlanta)

Why should Oklahoma State cede OSU to Ohio State? Which school has more NCAA championships? The Ohio State University needs to start going by its real initials—TOSU.
NEIL MCLNNIS, Tulsa

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