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The Nov. 1 issue had no article on the Red Sox' coming back from 0--3 to beat the Yankees 4--3! Oh sure, it was mentioned in passing in the World Series coverage and also in the LIFE OF REILLY, but the biggest choke in baseball history deserves at least one article devoted completely to that topic. This is why America loves to hate the Yankees, and all other New York teams: They get undeserved publicity for even minimal accomplishments, yet hardly even a mention when they gag big time.
Like Steve Rushin (AIR AND SPACE, Nov. 1), I would love to hear again the true sounds of sports. Unfortunately, what is often missing is the exquisite sound of silence. My ear for the game is assaulted by a never-ending cacophony of loud and louder music. Has our entire society been afflicted with attention deficit disorder?
Two sounds Rushin left out: the satisfying thwock of a tennis ball hitting the sweet spot of a racket--especially on a quiet Sunday morning--and the swoosh upon opening a new can of tennis balls.
As a 30-year junior high school basketball coach, the most beautiful sound to me is what I hear as I walk into the building for practice: 15 to 20 basketballs being dribbled on a wooden floor. It's also the sound I will miss the most when I retire.
In addition to North Texas's Jamario Thomas and Oklahoma's Adrian Peterson (INSIDE COLLEGE FOOTBALL, Nov. 1), Michigan's Michael Hart, another true freshman, is among the nation's rushing leaders. His 1,311 yards, eight touchdowns and three consecutive games of more than 200 yards rushing--a first in Michigan history--have ignited what had been a less than stellar running attack for the Wolverines. By the way, he also has 24 catches for 194 yards and another TD. Not bad for a true freshman.