Aaron Caruso, Auburn, Mass.
What a different game lacrosse is than when my grandfather played. His team pictures from the 1920s are scattered throughout the campus at Penn State, where he played goalie in the era before pads, helmets and face shields. He has at least one black eye in every picture. He had never played before college but was offered a partial scholarship to play goalie, something few were willing to do in those pad- and helmet-free days.
Mark Harkins, Middletown, Pa.
While on vacation on Cape Cod last summer, I was lamenting with another father our kids' lack of interest in baseball. Then a teenager walked by wearing a T-shirt that said, a day without lacrosse is like 900 innings of baseball. Baseball better get the message.
Michael Getman, Oneonta, N.Y.
While many consider Syracuse's and Cleveland's Jim Brown to be the best football player ever, he also may have been the best lacrosse player of all time. He is the only athlete to have been inducted into the Halls of Fame for pro football, college football and lacrosse. He was named second team All-America in lacrosse in his junior year at Syracuse and first team his senior year when he shared the national scoring title with 43 goals in 10 games. It may not be true, but it has often been said that the rule requiring players to keep their sticks in motion while carrying the ball was implemented with Brown in mind. It seems that it was the only way to slow him down.
Steven Berr, Danbury, Conn.