FOR SEPTEMBER 10, 2018
TOM MARCHES ON
I played for Tom Coughlin during his first head coaching job, at Rochester Institute of Technology. He certainly helped mold my future and those of my teammates during those early years.
S.L. Price's article on the Nationals was spot-on. When ownership is too involved in every decision, there is no room to breathe. Dusty Baker brought stability as manager, and I always thought Dave Martinez didn't fit. Perhaps the team has its own curse going. In honor of the disastrous innings limit placed on Stephen Strasburg in 2012, let's call it the Curse of the Stras 160.
STEP INTO MY OFFICE
Your article on Chiefs guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif was uplifting and displayed the life of a true Renaissance man. Dave Middleton, a Lions receiver in the 1950s, pursued a path similar to Duvernay-Tardif's, though he got his medical degree after retiring. He then became an obstetrician and a university professor.
To become the first doctor to play in the NFL is absolutely amazing. In the mid-1980s, John Frank was a tight end on two Super Bowl--winning teams in San Francisco, and he attended med school in the offseason. Frank has been an ENT surgeon for more than 20 years. Some people can do it all.
Bowling Green, Ohio
I have a solution for future tennis majors: All men's and women's matches will be best of three sets until the finals, which will be best of five for both. This would ensure that the finals will determine a true champion.
THIS FEELS RIGHT
Andy Staples writes that college football is the "best brand of football." This notion becomes laughable every December when subjectivity blemishes the playoff selection process. Those are never factors in the postseason field for the NFL, which therefore crowns a far more credible champion.
I have the Sign of the Apocalypse for your next issue: SI ran an article on air guitar. Do you honestly believe air guitar is a sport? C'mon! Stick to sports—not ridiculous amusements.
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