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Gators and Vols
I take issue with your statement that " Tennessee hasn't won the really big games, especially on the road." In fact, over the last four years Tennessee has won at Georgia, UCLA and even Notre Dame. Tennessee has also beaten Florida twice since Steve Spurrier took over as Gator coach in 1990, something no other SEC team has done. Finally, the Vols are 3-1 in their last four bowl appearances.
Little is known about Wang Junxia and her remarkable teammates, but one thing is almost certain: From early childhood they have seldom ridden in automobiles. They have relied on bicycles and their two legs to get them to school, to market, to the movies. We know this is true of the African men who have dominated distance racing for years. Many of them tell, for instance, of running long distances to and from school while growing up.
Compressed Strike Zone
Twenty years ago "belt-high fastball" was a synonym for gopher ball. Nowadays it's not even a strike. Check the rule book for a strike-zone definition and then watch a game on TV. The centerfield camera shows all. You'll find that the ump is calling balls and strikes not based on rules but on his accumulated experience of a much smaller zone. That means that a pitcher gets 15 inches or so from the knee to somewhere below the belt as the place to ply his trade. That's why the game is so unbalanced right now.
Peter King concludes in Perils of a New Era (Sept. 6) that players will go "wherever they can strike the best financial deal, on-field loyalties...be damned." John Steinbreder's article on the net worth of the owners of pro sports franchises (The Owners, Sept. 13) says that Buccaneer owner Hugh Culverhouse is worth $350 million.
In the same issue, King writes it is a "disgrace" and "pathetic" that there were 11,000 empty seats at only $18 a pop for Joe Montana's debut with the Chiefs. Disloyal players, filthy-rich owners and a lingering recession in which $18 a person (not including parking, concessions, etc.) is real money for many people, and King is surprised that fans don't care. King is a fine football writer, but he should save words like disgrace and pathetic for more suitable targets than Tampa Bay's fans.