• Here's an idea for all of the players complaining about changes to the NFL tackling rules: Learn how to tackle properly and not just launch big hits. Even Bill Belichick agrees that young players coming into the league don't know basic tackling fundamentals.
Eric Schmitt, New Carlisle, Ohio
I want to thank Tim Layden for his story on tackling in the NFL (What Ever Happened to Tackling?, Sept. 5), a topic I have been screaming about for years. When I started playing football at age nine, I was taught by my coaches how to tackle with my head up, and that technique was reinforced by the referees. I remember in the late 1970s, Bill Leavy, who went on to become an NFL referee, warning our team about maintaining form and how spearing would be immediately penalized. Maybe if spearing had been taken more seriously in the NFL, injuries in the pro game would be far less severe.
Scott Erbst, Edmond, Okla.
I don't think this year's Little League World Series did any more self-promotion (SCORECARD, Sept. 5) than other major sports events. The way to draw big crowds is to have good marketing and attractive promotions. Still, aside from the U.S.'s upset of Japan, the record turnouts were the big story of this Series. Attendance for the game between Pennsylvania and Georgia was over 32,000, which is more than what most major league teams average.
David L. Seger
Rapid City, S.D.
Your story on the LLWS refers to the lingering image of the tearful Japanese shortstop's botched DP. For me, the image that lingered most was the play in which a Japanese player avoided the tag from a U.S. pitcher by apparently running out of the baseline. Neither the pitcher nor his coach threw a tantrum. In the majors, this probably would have resulted in a profanity-laced fit.
Don Walker, Pittsburgh