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November 09, 2009
With all due respect to the multitude of bowl games, those of us with insight know there is only one game to watch after this regular season: Florida versus Alabama in the SEC championship game.
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November 09, 2009


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A Coach's Coach

After reading about young NFL coaches who exhibit boorish behavior (Scorecard, Oct. 19), I am convinced that the model for the modern NFL coach should be the Steelers' Mike Tomlin. He is tough but fair, firm but not inflexible, direct but not blunt, and above all he's a great communicator. He has balance in his life and admits that although coaching football is his passion, it is simply what he does, not who he is.

Thane R. Kolarik

Allison Park, Pa.

Second Looks

There is nothing worse to a fan than seeing a plain-as-day call blown by an umpire, particularly game-changing mistakes in the postseason. As Joe Sheehan suggests (SCORECARD, Oct. 19), baseball should expand its use of instant replay with an umpire up in the booth reviewing close calls on high-definition monitors—just the way we see it at home. Blown calls could be overturned and close plays verified. It's time to take the next step.

Jon Bogle, Alpharetta, Ga.

I understand the call for more instant replay, but postseason games already last 3½ hours. With the extra commercial time between innings and the endless pitching changes, additional use of instant replay would make the games even longer. Besides, the human element is more important in baseball than in any other sport.

Eric Larson, Brooklyn

Instant replay interferes with the natural flow of the game. Players make errors all the time; managers make mistakes. Why are the umpires expected to be perfect on every call? Bad calls are part of the game just as player errors are. The technology is there to fix the bad calls, but the cost of perfect officiating is a disruption to the game.

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