Coach for the Ages
After reading S.L. Price's article on Gary Patterson (The House of Dream Chasers, Sept. 12) and then observing him on the TCU sideline over the past few weeks, I must say he is truly a class act. Following the Horned Frogs' 35--19 dismantling of Air Force in Colorado Springs, Patterson gathered his players and had them stand as the Air Force alma mater was sung, a show of respect generally accorded the Falcons only by other service academies.
Jerry Neuner, Colorado Springs
While I appreciate Patterson's success and the way in which he has revitalized the TCU football program, I was saddened to read about the impact his career has had on his previous marriages and children. If this level of commitment is what is required for a coach's success, it is a harsh indictment of a culture that demands winning at all costs.
Paul Smith, Matthews, N.C.
I thoroughly enjoyed Joe Posnanski's column on football prose (POINT AFTER, Sept. 12). However, there was one term he didn't mention that I often have trouble with: vertically down the field. Whenever I hear it I envision a quarterback throwing the ball straight up, catching it and then running downfield as if he were on fire.
Russell Mielbrecht, Dayton
Posnanski's column reminded me of a word I see frequently, but only in sports-related articles: penultimate, as in a team's "penultimate loss." The first time I saw it I was so puzzled I had to look it up in the dictionary.