INBOX

August 24, 2015

FOR AUG. 10, 2015

You missed one of the best trick plays of all time: the Globe of Death. With 22 seconds left in Idaho State's 24--20 upset of Boise State on Sept. 12, 1992, Bengals return man Robert Johnson hauled in a kickoff at the 12-yard line. ISU's players huddled around Johnson before taking off in different directions, with each player pretending he had the ball. Johnson ran it back 50 yards against the confused Broncos, before receiver Rommie Wheeler scored the winning touchdown two plays later.

Mark Liptak, Chubbuck, Idaho

POINT AFTER

Phil Taylor was spot-on when he wrote that Tom Brady should take a knee and accept his NFL suspension. There are only two possible outcomes here: being perceived as a victim or as a villain. Better to be seen as the former than to do more damage to yourself or to the game.

John P. Reilly, Midlothian, Va.

Let's suppose the headline of Taylor's essay was misprinted as "Take a Knee, Thom Brady." ESPN claims the typo is a form of plagiarism because its magazine has printed it before. Time Inc. announces an investigation about the typo and the alleged plagiarism claims. Taylor is questioned, but he says he knows nothing. The story's fact checker also says that he was unaware that ESPN had published the same typo. Time Inc. thinks they are both lying, that it must have been a collaboration between the two, and suspends Taylor for four months. Would he then take a knee?

Jim Perry, Stoughton, Mass.

COVER

Great job with your College Football Preview—well, except Notre Dame in the College Football Playoff. How could you choose the Irish ahead of Alabama, Baylor, Michigan State and Oregon?

Bob Robinson

Lake Oswego, Ore.

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I was disappointed to see you link Ultimate Frisbee with being a hippie, as if all players are laid-back stoners. The athleticism of its players often rivals football's.

R. Philip Grizzard

Normal, Ill.

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I loved your tribute to Rowdy Roddy Piper. His tough guy quote—"I do exactly what I want to do. You say I'm insane, I say Thank you very much"—sounds like a Donald Trump campaign slogan.

Joe Ewens

Summerville, S.C.

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