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I don't think that paying admission gives one license to abuse the refs.
Most of the people who yell at refs don't understand the game well enough to recognize a good call when it is made. I commend Wilcoxen and others like him for their dedication and thank them for making the calls night in and night out as they see them, right or wrong.
Reilly's story is one that every coach, player and fan should read. Most officials are hardworking, underpaid individuals who are out there because they love the game. Coaches who play to the crowd, players who argue every call, and parents and fans who heap abuse on officials must begin to take responsibility for many of the problems with organized sports.
The No. 1 problem with kids' sports today is adults who make the games the focus of life. No matter which side of the stripes one is on, everyone—the fan, the player and even the official—needs to remember it's only a game.
Shame on the Illinois High School Association for not standing behind Wilcoxen.
It's bad enough that the pollsters awarded the national championship to Nebraska because they finally won a bowl game after seven losses in a row, but to have SI devote a measly 1� pages to Penn State's bowl victory and undefeated season is absurd (A Cause C�l�bre, Jan. 9). Additionally, no mention was made of Joe Paterno's record 16th bowl victory and of his becoming the first coach to win all four major bowls. Nebraska fans can celebrate Tom Osborne's first title, but Penn State fans will celebrate Paterno's sixth.
One of the nicest moments of the Miami-Nebraska game occurred when the academic records of the Cornhusker offensive linemen were flashed on the television screen—outstanding! It proved that in this instance, at least, there really are some student-athletes. (Sad to say, however, there was no corresponding flash of the Hurricanes' line.)