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FOR OCT. 30, 2017

What a great article on Kahuku High and the traditions of Hawaiian football (The Boulder and Da Rock). But while the state may have the "most interesting [and] exotic" program in America, the best ones are in California, where three of USA Today's top 10 teams reside.

T. C. Richardson, HUNTINGTON BEACH, CALIF.

With all the heated debates about the NFL and protests during the national anthem, perhaps players should take a cue from Jim McMahon, whom Robert Klemko mentioned in his column on individuality (SCORECARD). They could sew a Black Lives Matter patch on their jerseys and pay a $5,000 fine for altering their uniforms. It would take the focus away from the anthem and put it back onto Roger Goodell's desk.

Richard Rizza

WALTHAM, MASS.

If each of the 1,700 NFL players were to follow Eagles defensive end Chris Long's example and donate his earnings from even one game this season (SCORECARD), there would be millions of dollars to help correct the conditions that are at the heart of the injustices players have been protesting.

Brian Lane

PUEBLO WEST, COLO.

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Hats off to the major league baseball gurus, who have just now deduced that breaking balls are harder to hit than fastballs (Welcome to the Spin Zone). Women's fastpitch coaches figured that out 40 years ago—without the benefit of computers or a Ph.D. analyst.

Barry Reed

SPRINGBORO, OHIO

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POINT AFTER

Alabama is crushing opponents this year, as Michael Rosenberg writes, but its biggest wins are over teams in the SEC, which doesn't have the depth of other conferences. In the past four years the mighty Crimson Tide are 3--3 in postseason games—not exactly unbeatable.

David Iacobucci

FLOWER MOUND, TEXAS

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