A Little Red Tape
According to the new guidelines for Little League eligibility (SCORECARD, Jan. 14), one of my identical twin sons would be eligible to play while the other would not. There are three dates listed on a Pennsylvania birth certificate: birthdate, date filed and date issued. Although the boys were born in July 1995, the hospital filed one son's certificate within five days and the state issued it within 30 days, while my other son's certificate wasn't filed until more than a month later and wasn't issued until October. Imagine my dilemma if my ineligible son becomes the better athlete. Should I swap jerseys and substitute birth certificates? After all, they're identical, so who would know? Forget I said anything and kindly ignore this letter. I think I'll forward all questions to the future head of Little League—Scott Boras.
MARY ANN HIGGINS, Jenkintown, Pa.
As Little League seasons end each year, just give the local winners a trophy, a cake and an ice cream party, and let it end there. To those who benefit (sponsors, officials, etc.) from the Little League World Series, I say, Get a life—one that does not ride on the back of youngsters.
JIM AVANT, Minneapolis
I understand giving Miami and Oregon top billing in your Special Bowl Edition, but couldn't you produce at least a few paragraphs on Florida's win over Maryland (right) in the Orange Bowl? True, you mentioned Rex Grossman's missing curfew and Taylor Jacobs's stellar game; otherwise, you ignored one of the most complete performances by both an offense and a defense in the bowl season.
FRANK TAYLOR, Gainesville, Fla.