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
As I was reading Peter King's playoff preview, I couldn't help but notice that Tom Brady expressed interest in playing football into his 40s. Maybe he's cutting himself a little short. With the league seemingly creating a new defensive penalty every time a star quarterback gets injured, why not shoot for 50?
Cross Plains, Tenn.
The Size of It
Can someone please explain to me how Patriots tackle Vince Wilfork made it onto the cover of SI simply for weighing 325 pounds, while the UConn women's basketball team had just completed a 90-game winning streak?
Kale Rogers, Hampton, Conn.
When looking over the bracket of the greatest moments in Super Bowl history (Decisive Moments, Jan. 10), I was shocked that the 100-yard interception return for a touchdown by Steelers linebacker James Harrison at the end of the first half of Super Bowl XLIII was not included. In addition to being the greatest defensive play in Super Bowl history, it changed the whole feel, and outcome, of that game.
Sanjay B. Dixit, Pittsburgh
Mark Holtzman's aerial photo of the Rose Bowl (LEADING OFF, Jan. 10) was the best picture of a sports venue I have ever seen. The sight of the stadium—red on one side and deep purple on the other, the colors blending in the end zones, the band formation, the flag, the jets flying over the field—was just magnificent.
Harold E. Bird
Palm Harbor, Fla.
I loved Joe Posnanski's column about Joe Paterno and Urban Meyer (POINT AFTER, Jan. 10), which really showed the differences in college football then and now. Paterno started coaching when the game wasn't as commercialized, but he has seemingly adapted over the years. In contrast Meyer began his career in the midst of all the commercialism and has had to deal with much bigger expectations. The former is still going strong while the latter needs a breath of fresh air.
As a former teacher I know how rewarding it is to be around young people, and I think that's part of what keeps Paterno young at heart. He seems to have a passion that never quits, and he has obviously found a job that he cherishes and that has allowed him to flourish for many years.
Steven Klein, Los Angeles
I love Paterno as much as the next guy, but to suggest that he is still doing his job on the sidelines with the same sharpness and wit he once had is absurd. While he has never stopped being a great ambassador for the sport, he ceased being an effective coach more than a decade ago.
Kent Geibel, Evanston, Ill.
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