Letters

January 11, 1999

DRY-EYED IN CONNECTICUT

Please spare me Leigh Montville's tears (SCORECARD, Nov. 30). I
lived in Boston for seven years and watched the Boston Patriots
play at Fenway Park, Boston College Alumni Stadium and Harvard
Stadium. They were forced to move to Foxboro and change their
name to the New England Patriots because Boston and
Massachusetts political and business leaders would not
facilitate construction of a stadium in Boston, where we all
knew it should have been. Don't blame owner Bob Kraft for
moving. Give Connecticut the credit it is due for stepping up
and making a new stadium a reality after 38 years of
Massachusetts futility.
DANIEL E. KLEINMAN,
Farmington, Conn.

So what else is new when greed rules? Bob Kraft couldn't care
less about long-suffering fans. He wanted a deal that puts big
dollars in his pocket--and got it from Connecticut.
LYLE CAZEL, Glenview, Ill.

STARTING OVER

I was impressed by your article on Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's first
coaching job (Buffalo Soldier, Nov. 30). People can say what
they want about Kareem's having a bad attitude, but what he is
doing for those high school players in Whiteriver is incredible.
He has set out to do what few NBA superstars have done:
sacrifice glamour and money for the love of basketball.
JOSHUA RUMSEY,
Chandler, Ariz.

Although Kareem was aloof as a player, he is showing that he will
be a friendly and motivating coach to his players. I hope NBA
general managers and college athletic directors will change their
opinion of him and give him the chance to coach at a higher
level.
TERRY TRUMBULL, Manhattan Beach, Calif.

SOME CONSISTENCY, PLEASE

Randy Moss is an exceptionally talented individual and is
proving that fact week by week (SCORECARD, Nov. 30). But,
please, enough of the snide references to teams that passed on
him in the draft. This is a guy who had a well-publicized record
as a thug and a drug user. Dick Vermeil has been lambasted for
tolerating Lawrence Phillips's behavior after the Rams took him,
but the Vikings and Denny Green are geniuses for taking Moss?
KEVIN LUND, Los Angeles

BERNIE'S THE BOSS

While Bernie Williams may never hit 40 home runs and may never
get elected to start an All-Star Game because he plays the same
position as Ken Griffey Jr., I find it harsh to compare him with
Joey Cora (Market Swing, Nov. 30). The last time I checked, the
goal of every baseball season is to win a World Series ring.
Williams has won two in three years. Despite the great year
McGwire and Sosa had, I'm willing to guess that each of them
would trade his home run record for a chance at a ring.
BRIAN LANGE, Charlottesville, Va.

In implying that the Yankees did fine when Williams wasn't in
the lineup, you wrote that New York was 21-10 (.677) without
him. That means it was 104-40 (.722) with him.
JON D. RIMMER, Butler, N.J.

KEY OMISSIONS

Sacramento State's Charles Roberts ran for 2,260 yards this
season to break the Division I-AA single-season rushing record
previously held by Butler's Arnold Mickens (INSIDE COLLEGE
FOOTBALL, Dec. 7). In fact, only two Division I running backs
have rushed for more yards in a season than Roberts has:
Oklahoma State's Barry Sanders (2,628 in 1988) and USC's Marcus
Allen (2,342 in 1981).
BILL MACRISS
Sports Information Director
Sacramento State University

You missed Butler sophomore Ryan Zimpleman, who set a Division I
single-season record with four kickoff returns for touchdowns.
The old record of three was shared by six players, including
Anthony Davis of Southern Cal and Willie Gault of Tennessee.
Just wanted to make sure that I-AA guys get their due.
TONY HAMILTON
Assistant Sports Information Director
Butler University
Indianapolis

How could you ignore Cal wide receiver Dameane Douglas? His 100
receptions set a Pac-10 record, eclipsing Keyshawn Johnson's 1995
mark by 10.
ERIC HERZOG, Newport Beach, Calif.

COLOR PHOTO: PATRICK MURPHY-RACEY [Kevin Faulk in game]

I hope Kareem finds that teaching the game to eager students is
more rewarding than having a highly paid babysitting position in
the NBA.
--MATTHEW MAY, Birmingham, Mich.

RUNNING WILD

How can you exclude Louisiana State senior running back Kevin
Faulk from your list of Top 10 Record Breakers (INSIDE COLLEGE
FOOTBALL, Dec. 7)? He's the alltime leader in rushing for the
Tigers, with 4,557 yards, and the Southeastern Conference's
career leader in touchdowns (53) and all-purpose yards (6,833).
JOSEPH AUZENNE, Carencro, La.

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