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As I watched the conclusion to Game 5 of the World Series between the Phillies and the Rays on Wednesday evening, Oct. 29, I held in my hand the latest issue of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED—which featured a photo from that very same game on page 34! We may never see such a journalistic feat again.
I grew up in a generation where a teacher or student brought a radio to school to get World Series updates during day games. After school we went home to watch the last four or five innings. Those memories last forever. Subsequent generations of kids never got to enjoy such moments because, given the much later starting times of most Series games, most were asleep before the third inning. The Series' ratings are so low (Wish You Were Here, Nov. 3) because, with the move to night games, baseball lost millions of potential baseball fans.
We could have had Manny's Dodgers going to Boston. We could have had the Dodgers vs. the Angels in the first Freeway Classic. Or the Cubs going for their first title in 100 years. Instead we got the Phillies vs. the Rays in a cold rain. The dramatic postgame interview I saw had umpires discussing rainout strategy.
Note to the Rays: No team that actually takes the field in hoodies and earflaps, regardless of the weather, will ever win the World Series.
While it's nice to see that distinguished educational institutions such as Duke, Stanford, Northwestern, Rice and Vanderbilt have attained a modicum of success on the gridiron (PLAYERS, Nov. 3), none of these august universities will ever so much as sniff a BCS Bowl bid, let alone play for the championship. The day that happens, Ralph Nader will be named CEO of General Motors.
One reason I cheer for my alma mater, Northwestern, on the football field is the school's emphasis on education. If the NCAA really wants to put student-athletes first, perhaps scholarships should be allotted based on graduation rates.
The Vanderbilt professor you quote uses the term whoop ass. The correct usage in the South is whupass.