Thank you, Boomer Esiason, for writing what most football fans have felt for a long time: Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh (left) is a dangerous player who has anger issues, lacks maturity and resorts to cheap shots. Unfortunately, the league will most likely do nothing significant to rein him in until he seriously injures a marquee player.
P.J. Moore, Georgetown, Ind.
I was repulsed when I heard my friend, a longtime Lions fan, make the comment, "I'm glad [Suh] is on my team." Really? Is this where we are as fans? Is it truly acceptable for a player to behave like an animal on the field (SCORECARD) and hurt people as long as he is on my team?
October 7, 2013
Julia Hubbel Lakewood, Colo.
You Can't Deny It
Andy Staples's case for Johnny Manziel was right on target (SCORECARD). Several times while I was watching the Alabama--Texas A&M game, I shook my head, thinking, How did he do that? Manziel has the uncanny ability to see the entire field, scramble to evade defenders and then make a laser-perfect throw. Michael Jordan made us jump off our sofas when he performed dazzling feats. Manziel has that same magic.
John G. Papanikolas Salt Lake City
A New Way to Rumble
Instead of sitting around and waiting for the next Floyd Mayweather fight (SCORECARD), boxing should have an annual tournament to determine the champions. Pick fighters in each division at the beginning of the year and seed them, then hold quarterfinals in the spring, semifinals in the summer and title fights in the fall. This would not only prevent the top boxers from seeking soft opponents just to pad their records but also generate interest among fans.
Steven Chappell North Syracuse, N.Y.
A League of His Own
All sports fans should read Tom Verducci's wonderful profile on Mariano Rivera (Exit Sandman) to remind themselves that not all of today's athletes are strictly in it for the money. Rivera is a throwback to a time when players had passion for their sport and when baseball was considered a game and not just a business.
Jim Lutz, Brookfield, Wis.
It's always a pleasure to hear about guys like Rivera, who have made such a positive impact on their teammates, staff and opponents. Sure, he's a lock for the Hall of Fame, but the number of people he has touched along the way is just as impressive.
Bob VanHaitsma, Omaha
There's only one thing wrong with your tribute to Mariano Rivera: It didn't start on page 42.
Rich Fong Sebastopol, Calif.
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Who do you think USC should hire to replace Lane Kiffin?
Dennis Donovan Seattle's defensive coordinator Dan Quinn should be a hot name if the Seahawks get to the Super Bowl.
Barry Norenberg Boise State coach Chris Petersen.
Narayan Albus The Trojans should hire Jon Gruden and get Bill Cowher as defensive coordinator.
Joseph Shieh Rick Neuheisel is available.
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