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Split Opinion

After waiting 28years for the Phillies to win another World Series, I eagerly anticipated thisweek's SI, only to find that while people in the Northeast got a Philliescover, the rest of us got a cover reflecting the NFL midseason report. I'm gladthat just because I don't live in the Northeast, I wasn't prevented fromdownloading Harry Kalas's call of the final out of Game 5 as my newringtone.
Sue Berger, Myrtle Beach, S.C.

As a loyalPhillies fan I did stay up until 1:47 a.m. to watch the end of Game 3, but Iwould not do that for any other team. So I see why there were fewer fanswatching (Phillies Win! Why They Deserved Better, Nov. 10). Jimmy Rollinspromised that the Phillies will do it again next year. I hope so, but I alsohope changes are made to the Series before then.
Mary Jane Moser, Scotia, N.Y.

Here's a way tospice up the Series: dump the network announcing team and have a radio ortelevision commentator from each team's home city call the games together.
Joe Gloski, Framingham, Mass.

If Major LeagueBaseball and Fox want to avoid a ratings disaster every time the Yankees or theRed Sox aren't playing in the World Series, perhaps they should considershowing some teams other than the Yankees and the Red Sox on nationaltelevision during the regular season. When you put all your chips on two ballclubs, you'd better be prepared to lose a lot more often than you win.
Travis Conrads, San Diego

I liked TomVerducci's idea of limiting warmup time for a new pitcher. Now how aboutlimiting the time between pitches. You could go to the john and wash your carbetween Jonathan Papelbon's pitches.
Brian Belyea, Ithaca, N.Y.

As an East Coastbaseball fan, I want to be proactive in defending Verducci's request forearlier World Series starting times, at the expense of the "14% of thepopulation that lives in the western time zone." It's clearly better thatone segment miss the beginning of the game than having another part miss theend.
Brian Gordon, Oxford, Conn.

Winning Isn'tEverything

In the poll askingNFL players which coach they would least like to play for (PLAYERS, Nov. 10),the top three vote-getters have seven Super Bowl rings combined over the lastseven years (one for Tom Coughlin, three for Bill Belichick and three for EricMangini as an assistant). Looks as if these players have concerns other thanwinning ball games.
Sebastian Muscarella, Raleigh

Tech Boom

It's amazing howfootball has changed at Texas Tech (Red-Letter Night, Nov. 10). When I was astudent there from 1988 to '92, the girls attended the games to show off theirwardrobes and the guys went to look at the girls. Most students referred to theteam as the Pink Faders as opposed to the Red Raiders, and many left town onfootball weekends.
Stephen P. McLellan, Seabrook, Texas

Alltime CollegeTeam

I enjoyed yourportrait of the alltime college football team, selected with the caveat thatonly one player could come from each school (Big Men on Campus, Nov. 10). Onequibble: Where's Bo Jackson? I played at LSU in the late 1980s, and although wenever matched up against him during my time there (thank goodness), I watched20 or 30 of his games on film. He was the most dominant college player I eversaw.
Mickey Guidry, Baton Rouge

No Archie Griffin?I guess the only reason that he stayed in college and won another Heisman wasso he could have a matching bookend.
Todd Smallwood, Fenwick Island, Del.

Jerry Rice—are youkidding me? This is about what you did in college, not what kind of pro careeryou had.
Ricky Hartline, Baton Rouge

How is not oneMiami Hurricane worthy of SI's alltime college all-star team? Methinks the"U" could field an all-Cane team that would give your group a run forits money.
Stuart H. Ellison, Chicago

Your selectionsincluded three defensive players who left school in 1980 and who I assume wereon that year's All-America team: Kenny Easley, Hugh Green and Lawrence Taylor.That might have been the best All-America defense ever. Was anyone else of noteon that squad?
Thomas Todd, Lexington, Ky.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Itwas a good year indeed. In addition to those three, the 1980 All-Americadefense featured future NFL Hall of Famers Ronnie Lott and Mike Singletary andNo. 1 overall draft pick Kenneth Sims. And, it must be noted, future prowrestling champ Ron Simmons.

The Tuba Man

Chris Ballard'saccount of Seattle's sports woes (POINT AFTER, Nov. 10) could also havementioned the passing of "Tuba Man" Ed McMichael, who was a fixtureoutside Sonics, Mariners and Seahawks games for the past 20 years. He died onNov. 3, after being assaulted and robbed just blocks from KeyArena on Oct. 25.Before the Seahawks-Steelers Super Bowl you called him Seattle's Superfan(Steeltown vs. Rain City, Feb. 6, 2006), and the title fit.
Bryan Martin, Snohomish, Wash.

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 FAN OFNOTE McMichael blew his horn for Seattle's teams.