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FOR JANUARY 28--FEBRUARY 4, 2019

OFFICIALLY AWFUL

Although I agree wholeheartedly with Michael Rosenberg's assertion that NFL referees have to live up to an impossible standard (SCORECARD), I take issue with his reasoning that technology had any thing to do with the blown call during the Rams-Saints game. Instant replay did not alert us to Nickell Robey-Coleman's blatant pass-interference penalty. Fans in the Superdome and millions watching saw it live. It was so obvious.

Mark Skeen Prosser, Wash.

The NFL's integrity took a huge shot by missing that call. All I care about is a fair outcome, and that was not the case. The wrong team is representing the NFC in the Super Bowl. The officials blew it. The football-rooting world knows it.

John Hammond Baltimore

LET THE BIG DOGS FEAST

I'm an old-guy golfer, who over a good stretch has a mid-teens handicap. As someone who looks for the gold tee box whenever one is available, I appreciated the story on the changes that have happened to the game. I support using a golf ball that differs from the pro version. I think the golf ball industry would do just fine, providing a reduced-flight ball for the big boys while still marketing a "long-flight" ball for those of us hoping to drive it 250 one day.

Jim Stromberg North Oaks, Minn.

HOW A COW BECOMES A FOOTBALL

I know cows are slaughtered for many uses, but have leagues ever tried going to imitation leather for their equipment? Reading how footballs are made will burn an image into my memory every time I see one.

Steve Shaevel Woodland Hills, Calif.

LET'S APPRECIATE JAMES HARDEN

Your graphic comparing James Harden to players in previous eras was off base. Harden's game doesn't translate, as half his baskets would have been wiped out by traveling violations. All the limits on today's defenders make him a force to be reckoned with. But don't put him in the same league just yet with the all-time great scorers who faced a much stricter set of rules.

Chris Anderson Liberty Township, Ohio

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