State of the State
Your Hot/Not list included "Football in Michigan" under the not heading (Players, Oct. 13). Please do not drag the rest of Michigan into the hades that is University of Michigan and Detroit Lions football. Beyond Michigan State, which is 7-2, we have a Central Michigan team that is going for its third straight MAC title--and will have to go through a tough Western Michigan University squad to win it. Then there's Grand Valley State, which is currently ranked No. 1 in Division II and going for its fifth national championship in seven years.
Kirk Sorenson, Belmont, Mich.
Not the Marian Kind
I would have understood if Marian Hossa (Hossa Plays a Hunch, Oct. 13) had left the Penguins for the Oilers' $80 million offer. But Hossa doesn't want to help a team win a championship. He wants to ride along on a team that wins a championship. Detroit doesn't need Hossa to win--consider that the Wings did win, four months ago, against Hossa. Perhaps if Hossa doesn't win a title with Detroit this year, he can sign with the Patriots. But only after Tom Brady returns, of course.
Tim Frenz, Moon Township, Pa.
How High the Goon
Michael Farber's story on the necessity of NHL fighting (Why Good Teams Fight, Oct. 13) got it right. A legitimate heavyweight enforcer brings a certain swagger to the rest of the team and allows the skilled players to elevate their game as their opponents play intimidated.
Bill Byers, Ottawa
It is appropriate that Farber's story mentioned the late Fred Shero, because many devoted fans tuned out when his Flyers decided to beat their opponents senseless with fists and gloves. The action of the goofballs in the GTMHL (Goons, Thugs and Morons Hockey League) have always paled beside the pure, clean movement and skill of a well-played hockey match.