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November 02, 2009
I was a proud teammate of Kenny Washington's at UCLA in 1939. Our coaches would not travel to cities where the entire squad could not stay in the same hotel. Nonetheless, wherever we went, it didn't take our opponents long to see what fine players were welcome on our team.
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November 02, 2009


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Your story on the Broncos (Bustin' Loose, Oct. 12) touted the team's defense, deservedly so, but you have to give some credit to quarterback Kyle Orton, who has quickly made Denver fans forget Jay Cutler.

Dick Rooney, Lincoln, Calif.


Chris Ballard's column When a Hit Hits Home (POINT AFTER, Oct. 12) needs to be read by every coach at every level of play. As a certified athletic trainer, I deal with many concussion-related injuries sustained by athletes at Catawba College. My worry has always been the glamorization of the big hit by the pros, and how it has spread to college, scholastic and pee-wee play. We need more officials throwing more penalty flags for helmet-to-helmet direct hits and for helmet-leading tackles or blows. These penalties need to be more severe, in which case coaches will then stress proper tackling technique and reprimand players who are penalized for the illegal hits. When this occurs, I'll bet we see a decrease in concussions.

Bob Casmus, Salisbury, N.C.

Ballard writes, "all we really want is for sports not to be complicated. The rest of life is complicated enough." It's ironic that he makes this observation in the same issue that has articles about a soccer match affecting political upheaval in Honduras (SCORECARD, Oct. 12) and about the integration of the NFL. As much as we might want sports to be uncomplicated, life always intrudes.

Jeff Ramsey

South Milwaukee, Wis.

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