I'll be framing
your Oct. 16 cover and hanging it on my wall at work. I'm in the U.S. Air
Force, and wherever I'm stationed, I tell college football fans that the SEC is
the toughest conference. I'd like to see Michigan, Ohio State, Texas or USC get
through a season in the SEC and come out undefeated.
Tech. Sgt. Mark Godwin, U.S. Air Force
RAF Lakenheath, U.K.
As a Tennessee fan
I loved the cover, but, more important, you described the near impossibility of
winning the national championship as a member of the SEC (Battle of the South,
Oct. 16). Auburn went undefeated—including a conference championship game
win—two years ago and did not even get a chance to play for the national
Mike McGowan, Canton, Ga.
Why did Battle of
the South ignore how weak the lower part of the SEC is? If it's true that
Florida, Tennessee, Auburn, and LSU are the toughest top tier of teams in any
conference, then it's equally true that no major conference has a worse lower
division than Ole Miss, Kentucky, Vandy and Mississippi State.
Steven C. Silverman, Englewood, Colo.
Maybe if SEC teams
stopped playing Wofford, Florida International and Western Carolina, they would
not have to whine about being left out of the BCS championship every year.
Ryan Krench, Seattle
Eye on the
Your story on the
American League Division Series was a prime example of why I read SI (Blown
Away, Oct. 16). Instead of writing endlessly about the Yankees'
"collapse," Tom Verducci focused on the Detroit Tigers—the team that
won—a welcome relief for me and many others.
Craig Keeton, Ashland, Va.
Running It Up
I can't believe
Dan Lawrence, a high school football coach in Connecticut whose team won by
more than 50 points, got a one-game suspension (HIGH SCHOOL PLAYERS, Oct. 16).
Is it the winning team's job to keep the score close? Good sportsmanship is
seen in how the players play the game, not on the scoreboard. I am curious as
to what Connecticut plans to do to coaches of individual sports like golf and
track. I don't look forward to seeing a sprinter slow down to a jog to
"keep it close" or a golfer purposely miss putts to make the opponent
feel better. Those situations would be ridiculous, and so is taking a knee in
the third quarter of a football game to keep from being suspended.
Todd Schumacher, Pasco, Wash.
What is the coach
supposed to do if he is winning by a lot: put in the flute section from the
band and have them punt on first down? Maybe Connecticut needs a new rule that
requires a mandatory group hug after any game that doesn't end in a tie.
Robert F. Weidman, Newark, Del.