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July 15, 1985
ROLLIE'S CHOICESir:I have coached at the high school level for 20 years. Unfortunately, our profession has received a black eye the last few years because of the actions of some of our colleagues, at all levels.
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July 15, 1985

19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

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Your story on Earl Weaver (A Weaver Of Dreams Returns To Baltimore, June 24) by Craig Neff gave great insight into Weaver the man as well as Weaver the manager. They say Earl has calmed down, but I say for $500,000 he could give us a few screams.
Staten Island, N.Y.

I was disappointed with your article about Earl Weaver's return to the sagging Baltimore Orioles. Who really cares about a man who would rather scuffle with umpires than whip his players into shape?

I had a feeling of d�j� vu reading this article, because it reminded me of your story about Billy Martin's return to the Yankees (Oh No, Not Again, May 6). When writing about managers in the future, please emphasize the ones who are getting the job done now, not returnees who got the job done once and are trying to do it again.
Wentzville, Mo.

As the 1985 USFL season, and, perhaps, the USFL itself, comes to a close, I would like to make a few observations.

Many critics claim the USFL is a bad influence on the game. But I believe it has given the NFL competition and thereby improved the game. It has also given players a choice of where they want to play.

Some say that the USFL is boring. However, I can't recall seeing very many running backs throwing the ball or teams using flea-flickers in the NFL.

Furthermore, the new league has given many players an alternative to the NFL. Bobby Hebert, Richard Johnson and Derrick Crawford are just a few of those who have improved their football stock. The league has also prolonged the careers of Brian Sipe, Toni Fritsch, John Reaves, Don Reese, Jim Le-Clair, Dave Lapham and James Harrell and many others.

Long live the " USFL...where football is still a game!"
Lexington, Ky.

The allegations presented by Doug Looney in his article Troubled Times At Memphis State (June 24) are well known by people in the sports world and deserve the attention and investigation of the proper authorities.

However, as a graduate of Memphis State I take great offense at the statement that the university has "relatively modest academic aspirations." In an otherwise objective article, this statement insults all MSU graduates, students and faculty.

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