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The NFL should adopt the larger dimensions of the Canadian Football League field. Who knows, maybe we could have a Super Bowl that equaled a good World Series game for drama and excitement.
Teams use high draft picks to acquire star quarterbacks and pay them megabucks. They then protect their investments with whatever linemen are left in the late rounds of the draft, or whatever castoffs come up on the waiver wire. Failure to provide a first-rate line to protect a team's lifeblood player strikes me as a case of penny-wise and pound-foolish.
Marco Lokar's Decision
A man who follows the tenets of Jesus in a manner rarely found in this nation plays for a church-related school against another church-related school in a country that espouses individual freedom. He makes a rather low-key antiwar statement, and his wife receives death threats. Is there no courage at Seton Hall? Does moral teaching at St. John's stop at courtside? There is not much cause for pride in any of this.
Last year, as a high school basketball coach, I dismissed a girl from my team for refusing to wear the American flag on her uniform during the gulf war. After reading the article on Lokar, I would like to apologize in print. I now see the error in my decision. I was confusing patriotism with blind faith. Thank you, Marco Lokar. You are truly a man to admire.
As a Seton Hall alumnus, I take issue with your suggestion that the students were not principled because they did not support Lokar's antiwar beliefs. When I attended Seton Hall from 1960 to '64, the school placed a great emphasis on Judeo-Christian ethics. It could be asserted that this atmosphere fostered a highly principled and religious young man like Lokar. Simply because the majority of students did not openly support his views docs not mean that they were any less principled—just that they held different beliefs.
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