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I enjoyed your story about animal mascots, but as a Dawgs fan, I take exception to Yale alumnus Chris Getman's slurs about our UGAs, the Georgia bulldog mascots. The contrast in the pictures of UGA V and Yale's Handsome Dan XIII is revealing. Yale's mascot is on his back and apparently delights in rolling over. UGA V doesn't roll over for anyone.
The World Series
Although nobody would have predicted such a scenario, the Minnesota Twins and the Atlanta Braves reached this point by playing well and, more important, playing together. This was baseball at its finest.
As a sports fan from Atlanta, I would like to commend the Twins organization for the magnanimous way in which it handled its World Series victory. To a man, the Twins gave Atlanta credit for being just as deserving of the trophy as they were.
The one thing I won't forget about the wonderful World Series of '91 is Atlanta's Lonnie Smith stepping up to the plate and shaking Minnesota catcher Brian Harper's hand before the first at bat of Game 7.
The umpires were outstanding. Those guys had a thousand close plays, and it seemed as though they got every one right. Time and again, the replays verified the umps' decisions (except when Kent Hrbek pulled Ron Gant off first base—a judgment call). The umpires helped to make the 1991 Series great.
Someone who missed the Series on TV and read only your coverage would know nothing of Lonnie Smith's colossal base-running error that cost his team the seventh game. How could you have completely ignored this play?