The headline for Matt Gagne's feature on Michael Vick asks, DOES MICHAEL VICK DESERVE THIS? I believe he deserves all of it. When apologies and excuses for Vick's performance speak louder than his poor stats and evidence that he has problems reading defenses, then the answer becomes an unqualified yes.
Gerard F. Keogh, Jr., Fayetteville, N.C.
I really enjoyed L. Jon Wertheim's article on Stan Kroenke (The Most Powerful Man in Sports ...). It is good to see that there are still team owners out there who let their coaches coach and don't try to steal the spotlight away from the players. I just wish that Wertheim had discussed the Colorado Mammoth, also owned by Kroenke, a bit more. Since 2004 the Mammoth has had one of the highest attendance records in the National Lacrosse League, and in 2006 it won the NLL Champion's Cup.
Eric Hejmanowski, Hanover, Pa.
I regained a lot of respect for Mark McGwire after reading his recent interview with Dan Patrick (SCORECARD). McGwire's candor regarding his past steroid use is much appreciated. I believe he has finally found inner peace, and I applaud the fact that he is not making excuses or asking for passes for himself or others who broke the rules.
Dewey Oster, Washburn, N.D.
Every time McGwire used a banned substance to enhance his recovery, he was cheating. He cheated his teammates, his opponents, the fans and the game. I don't understand how Pete Rose is banned for life from baseball for gambling while McGwire is welcomed back with open arms as a hitting coach. Where is the justice?
Jack M. Rode, Whitefield, N.H.
For Love of the Game
Phil Taylor makes a good case for the predictive power of statistical analysis in sports (POINT AFTER), but I really hope he was only joking when he wrote, "The bottom line, though, is that ... it will be impossible to avoid more number crunching, in sports and elsewhere." My love for sports began when I was a kid playing in the backyard, in the street and on the sandlot. My buddies and I did not crunch numbers. We went out and played the games we loved. I hope the game, not the numbers, will continue to be the bottom.
Jim Wilken, Marion, N.C.
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POINT AFTER: TOO WHITE OR ALL RIGHT?
POINT AFTER: BIG DATA
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Which BCS championship game matchup do you want to see? Manti Te'o and Notre Dame vs. Alabama or vs. Georgia?
Jeff Brynan: Does it matter? Notre Dame has no chance against either team. It's the most unimpressive No. 1 team ever.
Brandon Gorall: Notre Dame and Alabama. Would love for the Irish to knock the smug look off Nick Saban's face.
Joshua Kohn: Notre Dame and Georgia. It's time for something different, so I don't want to see Alabama. Although, because of the Irish's inexperienced young quarterback, Everett Golson, I believe they have a better chance against Alabama.
Phillip Vaughn: It doesn't matter if they win against either the Crimson Tide or the Bulldogs. They will still be labeled overrated.
Ryan Thrash: Alabama. Notre Dame has a better shot to win against the Crimson Tide's overrated defense.
Jason Simmerman: Definitely the Irish vs. the Crimson Tide. To be the champs you should have to beat the defending champs.
David Haney: It doesn't matter if Notre Dame gets whipped by either Alabama or Georgia. I don't want to see the Irish in the championship game.
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FOR Nov. 19, 2012
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