Hats off to Michael Bamberger on his terrific piece about the 1962 NFL Championship Game. As a lifelong Giants fan I was glued to every word as it brought back many memories. In fact, if I closed my eyes, I could almost feel the frigid temperatures of Yankee Stadium from that day. The article was so good I was even able to overlook the final score.
Ed Daniels, Cohoes, N.Y.
Back in the Day
While I thoroughly enjoyed Bamberger's article (Bring On the Cold—It Makes For a Classic), I want to point out one small error. Herb Adderley was not the first black player drafted by the Packers. Michigan tackle Tom Johnson was drafted in the sixth round of the 1952 draft by Green Bay, while in '54 Kansas State halfback Veryl Switzer became the first black player drafted in the first round by the Packers.
Jack Hester, Mechanicsville, Md.
The picture of former Giants quarterback Y.A. Tittle trying to warm his hands over burning paper in a metal bucket really made me chuckle. With sideline heaters now the norm, we've certainly come a long way.
Jack Weiss, Wilmington, N.J.
The shot of the referees signaling a touchdown for the Packers made me do a double take. One of the refs appears to be wearing Chuck Taylors, a true sign of the times.
Jeff Graves, Manakin Sabot, Va.
I disagree with Ben Reiter's assertion that MLB's new replay system will solve the problem with the way games are called (SCORECARD). The umpires are already good at making the right calls on the majority of plays in a game. It's the ball-and-strike calls, however, that are not consistent. The only good way to get these calls correct would be to have a camera behind home plate. Until then, managers will still have plenty to be upset about.
Mike Curtiss West Richland, Wash.
I think expanding replay in MLB games means the umpires will now have no incentive to get the call right on their own because Big Brother will always be watching. Besides, most of the time when replay is used in other sports, it takes far too long for the officials to review the play and make the final call. And even then it's not always right.
Bill Cornish, Elyria, Ohio
Did you photoshop John Elway's face into Peyton Manning's helmet and jersey for your cover? I know I have seen Elway pictured in the past with the exact same grimace and resolve.
Daryl Ballard Columbia, S.C.
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