The coverage of college football's opening weekend was good, but why put Alabama running back Trent Richardson on the cover? The Tide won a national championship last season—wouldn't it have been better to show a school that's not constantly in the headlines?
Bill Grier, Troy, Mich.
I didn't agree with Penn State coach Joe Paterno's decision to start freshman quarterback Robert Bolden in the Nittany Lions' first game. True freshmen shouldn't have the first-string spot in a major program, especially at a playmaking position such as quarterback. Timing is everything. Using a player too early in his college career can cost a team in the long run.
Ted Williams, Bel Air, Md.
My brother, who still has dreams of playing in the NFL, signed to play deep snapper for the Sacramento Mountain Lions of the United Football League, which Phil Taylor wrote about in his column (POINT AFTER, Sept. 13). I love football with a passion. That same passion drives my brother—and all UFL players—to persevere on their makeshift path. Sometimes you wonder if many NFLers truly love the game or simply love the money.
So the average salary for the United Football League is $50,000 for an eight-game season, and Jeff Garcia and others are saying they play in the UFL for the love of the game? Let's have Garcia try being a high school teacher (or insert your overworked/underpaid occupation here) for 36 weeks a year for considerably less money, and then I might believe he understands what taking "the prima donna out of the game" really means.