The cost of college football tickets has risen as steadily as the national debt, and what have we gotten for increased prices? Shorter games.
Ronald L. Trowbridge, Conroe, Texas
Ron Jenkins's photograph of Kelly Shoppach's bat flying into the crowd (LEADING OFF, Sept. 18) took me back to my childhood, when I would study Norman Rockwell's Saturday Evening Post covers and be amazed at the detailed facial expressions and body language of each person in the composition. Jenkins's photograph had that same kind of power.
Robert Villamagna, Wheeling, W.Va.
In the photo showing a fan being struck by a flying bat, I was appalled to see the almost total lack of concern for the children sitting near the bat's flight path. The adults saved the nachos, the cellphone and the water bottle, yet no one appears to be covering up any of the four children. If you are going to take a child to a ball game, pay attention to the child—that is what family time is all about.
Chip Armstrong, Eclectic, Ala.
Paging Mr. Howard
Phillies fans have had little to cheer about for far too long, but Ryan Howard's accomplishments have electrified us all (Listen to His Bat, Sept. 18). A special thanks to SI for placing the article precisely where it belonged: on page 62 (no asterisk needed).
David Schachter, Dresher, Pa.
As a rather-short-for-my-age ninth-grader who reads SI, I couldn't believe that Steve Rushin was complaining about being tall (AIR AND SPACE, Sept. 18). Maybe he feels that height is a plague, but I wish that I could just once take a jump shot without its being blocked by someone who is six feet tall.
Eli Langson, Charlotte
When someone asks me how tall I am, I respond, "I'm 5'19". You do the math."
John Wyman, Lake Worth, Fla.
Shock and Awe