Mark Holtzman's aerial photo of the Rose Bowl (LEADING OFF, Jan. 10) was the best picture of a sports venue I have ever seen. The sight of the stadium—red on one side and deep purple on the other, the colors blending in the end zones, the band formation, the flag, the jets flying over the field—was just magnificent.
Harold E. Bird
Palm Harbor, Fla.
I loved Joe Posnanski's column about Joe Paterno and Urban Meyer (POINT AFTER, Jan. 10), which really showed the differences in college football then and now. Paterno started coaching when the game wasn't as commercialized, but he has seemingly adapted over the years. In contrast Meyer began his career in the midst of all the commercialism and has had to deal with much bigger expectations. The former is still going strong while the latter needs a breath of fresh air.
As a former teacher I know how rewarding it is to be around young people, and I think that's part of what keeps Paterno young at heart. He seems to have a passion that never quits, and he has obviously found a job that he cherishes and that has allowed him to flourish for many years.
Steven Klein, Los Angeles
I love Paterno as much as the next guy, but to suggest that he is still doing his job on the sidelines with the same sharpness and wit he once had is absurd. While he has never stopped being a great ambassador for the sport, he ceased being an effective coach more than a decade ago.