The NCAA needs to rethink its mission as it relates to modern-day college athletes. Multimillion-dollar TV contracts in college sports are only made possible by athletes who spend upwards of 20 hours per week practicing and playing, in addition to the time spent fulfilling their academic requirements. Athletes should be paid the same as normal students, who are allowed to have jobs.
Roger Goddard, Bradenton, Fla.
While I enjoyed Alexander Wolff's article on the NCAA's legal troubles (SCORECARD), I disagree with his opinion that Pennsylvania governor Tom Corbett's suit against the NCAA is cheap political grandstanding. I think NCAA officials resorted to a degree of unnecessary roughness in punishing Penn State over the university's missteps in the Jerry Sandusky scandal. While it was determined that Sandusky committed dreadful crimes and that a number of people in authority at the university showed gross negligence in their actions, nothing was proved to suggest that either the school or the athletic department did anything that would jeopardize the integrity of the football program or give it an advantage on the field. I see no cause for punishing players and other coaches who did nothing wrong.
Keith Brescia, Falls Church, Va.
Wins to Remember
There was a pretty glaring error in Tim Layden's NFL Off-Season Preview story (You Got It, or You Don't). Layden lists Tony Romo and Mark Sanchez as two quarterbacks who have never won a playoff game. On the contrary, Romo and the Cowboys famously ended a 13-year winless stretch in the playoffs with a victory over the Eagles in January 2010. Similarly, Mark Sanchez and the Jets have won four playoff games during his tenure—two in each of his first two years in the league.
David Cinamon, New York City
I thoroughly enjoyed Peter King's feature on the Ravens and the Super Bowl (Joe Flacco, Period). While seeing Ray Lewis play in his final NFL game was sad for us Ravens fans, it was great watching him go out on top. Another highlight was Jacoby Jones's version of Lewis's signature "squirrel dance" after Jones's 108-yard kickoff return run in the third quarter. That was a perfect tribute.