Thanks for explaining exactly why TCU didn't belong in the BCS title game. Despite having an entire month to prepare for their only matchup against a team that finished in the Top 25, the Horned Frogs still only beat Wisconsin by a measly two points, due in part to a missed Badgers field goal. Let's face it: The Frogs ended up playing in the bowl that their schedule earned them.
Kevin Druckenmiller, Fremont, Ohio
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If we are all to believe that football is not a modern version of a gladiator sport, then leagues need to start enforcing the rules, both at the collegiate and professional levels, and call fouls on obviously illegal hits like the one TCU linebacker Tank Carder made in the Rose Bowl (Purple Power, Jan. 10)—not revel in them and then cluck sanctimoniously about their damaging side effects.
David R. Scott, Portland
At a time when helmet-to-helmet hits on defenseless players are drawing so much negative attention, I don't know why SI would choose to use a photo of Carder lunging headfirst into the face of Wisconsin quarterback Scott Tolzien, while making no attempt to tackle him.
Tracy Johnson, Joplin, Mo.
Peter King's comparison of Patriots owner Robert Kraft with the Steelers' Rooney family (NFL Playoff Preview, Jan. 10) is borderline blasphemy. While they both have built championship teams, the Rooneys hold their coaches and players accountable for their actions, often handing down stiff punishments for bad behavior. Kraft, on the other hand, retained a head coach who blatantly cheated.
Jim Abbott, Turner, Maine