I enjoyed Austin Murphy's article on coach Kyle Whittingham and the Utah football program (The Right Call, Nov. 8). However, Murphy's suggestion that the similarity between the Utes and BYU (merely their shared Mormonism) should mitigate their rivalry is naive. Rivals aren't rivals because they're different; rivals are rivals because they're the same. Does Murphy also think that the shared values of the American military should lessen the famed Army-Navy football rivalry because the schools have a "common cause"?
Paul W. Brennan, New York City
My first thought after hearing Utah would be leaving the Mountain West to join the Pac-10 was concern about what will happen to its rivalry with BYU. Hopefully it will remain intact for years to come.
American Fork, Utah
The great quarterbacks mentioned in Tim Layden's fine piece (The Art of the Pass, Nov. 8) owe a debt of thanks to football's first great passer, Hall of Famer Benny Friedman. Friedman revolutionized the game in the 1920s and '30s with his unprecedented accuracy. As Knute Rockne said of Friedman's talent, "He's so good he could hit a dime at 40 yards."
Hewlett Harbor, N.Y.
Your article on what separates a "good quarterback" from an "alltime master" was an excellent counterpoint to the author's previous story on the running game (Crash Course, Aug. 23). As with all great artists, the masters of the passing game bring something to their craft that goes beyond physical skills. Layden calls it an "elusive ultimate measure" of the passer. Others might call it "genius."