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FOR OCT. 9, 2017

After examining the picture of Jaguars running back Corey Grant colliding with Jets cornerback Buster Skrine (LEADING OFF), I can now understand why there are so many high-ankle sprains in the NFL: Skrine does not have his ankles taped. Such injuries are among the most common in sports, but with adequate taping they are also the most preventable.

Al Robinson, ELYRIA, OHIO

Having gone to the International Bowl in Toronto as a member of the South Florida football team in 2010, I disagree with the notion that the city would be a good NFL expansion site (SCORECARD). While my teammates and I were eating there, a man asked if we were part of a hockey team, then a basketball team. When we told him we played football, he asked if we were ranked in our state. He knew nothing about the bowl game; nor did much of the rest of the city.

Tyler Stowell, SOUTH BOUND BROOK, N.J.

Reading about Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg (PAIR OF ACES), labeled a phenom at age 22, reminded me of a radio interview I heard with Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Feller. Asked what he thought about comparisons between Strasburg and himself, Feller replied, "When I was his age, I had won more than 100 big league games." Now, that's a phenom.

Paul E. Larkin

EAST SANDWICH, MASS.

No doubt that Tim Layden's story resonated with millions of middle-aged former high school football players like myself. As I read about the 1973 Whitehall team, I was brought back in time and reminded of the role that sports played in making me the person I am today. Thank you, Tim, for putting into words the magic of that experience.

Evan Shweky, MOUNT LAUREL, N.J.

COVER

With respect to the story about the FBI investigation into corruption in NCAA sports(Shoestorm), I believe there is another issue to be addressed. At many universities, the athletic department's purse strings are held not solely by the school but also by donors who sit on the boards of independent booster organizations, which supplement university funding. Placing all athletic funding under university control would result in a more transparent and accountable system.

J. Pope, ATLANTA

There's a simple solution to the NCAA's problems: Let athletes choose between going pro after high school or staying in college for at least three years. It would preserve the business of college sports and, more important, safeguard the notion that colleges exist to educate citizens.

Walter Brauer III

DENVER

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