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October 24, 2005
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October 24, 2005


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Gas Shortage

You wrote enthusiastically about quarterback Drew Stanton and Michigan State's high-octane offense (A Spartan's Revenge, Oct. 3), but that offense accounted for exactly three second-half points against Michigan. In the overtime session Stanton had zero first downs and nearly threw two picks. After that performance the closest he will get to the Heisman Trophy is stopping by the football building in Ann Arbor and looking at trophies won by past Wolverines.
Scott Bunn, Grand Haven, Mich.

A Man in Full

Bobby Martin, the high school football player who was born with no legs, is an embodiment of sports excellence (LIFE OF REILLY, Oct. 3). He has the ability to elevate himself, against the odds, to be the best he can through sheer will and desire. Isn't it remarkable that a man with no legs can stand taller than everyone else around him?

Mike Williams, Liberty, N.Y.

As a middle school teacher the challenge is constant: How can I convey to kids the infinite and precious possibilities of their lives? On the wall of my seventh-grade classroom there now hangs the LEADING OFF (Oct. 3) picture of Bobby Martin with the caption: "Think you can't do it? Think again." I hope this young athlete knows how many he's inspired.
Sarah Doyle, Natick, Mass.

Martin's story is indeed inspirational, but I found it quite unnecessary, if not unprofessional, to publicly skewer crew chief Dennis Daly for ruling that Martin couldn't play because he wasn't wearing shoes, knee pads or thigh pads. While I, too, disagree with Daly's call to not permit Bobby to continue playing, I suspect that this "whistle-worshipping, self-important stiff" who is allegedly "without brains" was primarily concerned with ensuring Bobby's and the other athletes' safety. Unlike SI's readers, Daly was not privy to Bobby's life history. This story could have been told without making Daly appear to be a villain.

Thomas Higham, Charlottesville, Va.

SI's New Face

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