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About Ohio State football
to the editor: I am an alumnus and devoted fan with six season tickets, including four club seats since they were built. I’m pretty much alone in the whole section yelling like crazy when the Buckeyes are on the defensive. I literally stand up and beg others to make noise. I look into their eyes as they sit on their hands as if the team has to audition for support. I find this so annoying because elite football teams have fans who never sit down and understand the key advantage they represent by making noise when opponents are on offense. It embarrasses me, and it should embarrass all the fans in the club seats who look at me like I have two heads as I ask for their share in the noise of the crowd. If you don’t see the role you play in this regard, stay home. Give your seats to a true fan. You are not watching a tennis match, but you may not have even realized that.
Russ Klein, Colon
to russ: I admire your passion and support for your team. However, some people like to go to a game and really want their team to win even though they’re not screaming their heads off.
In the black uniforms of the state of Ohio
to the editor: As an Ohio State alumnus and donor, I would like to say that I hate black uniforms. Are the scarlet and gray uniforms dry cleaned? What is the deal?
David Drake, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
in the crew
to the editor: OK, let me start with this: I hate when sports fans blame referees. I’ve taught my kids that if you’re worried about bad umpire decisions, the team you’re cheering for (or on) should have been up front so it wouldn’t be a problem.
As a Crew fan, I’ve been good through a number of questionable calls. A “no foul” number when he would be for the Crew, and no reviews, but generous calls when he was against the Crew. I watched another player literally mount a Crew player and grind (Chicago match) into what should have been an unannounced sexual assault arrest and kept my cool. And then (September 18) the game against Portland happened. Should the Crew have been above three? Yes. Should I have held the defense? Of course. But to see a game that was so lopsided in the calls, the complete lack of VAR intervention and an injury time extension that allowed Portland to score and probably cost a postseason, is just ridiculous and part of why MLS is a of the worst. world leagues.
Referees decide the outcome in close games, not the play. And it makes it very difficult to be a fan. MLS takes a step forward with arbitration. Porter, get madder. This is not a way to build support for a team and a league, in a world where soccer outside of the US is so accessible now.
John Houston, Westerville
to Juan: I like the first part of your email better as I have little tolerance for fans blaming the referee. The Crew have been very bad at very important times and have no one to blame but themselves.
to the editor: OMG! Did Caleb Porter fly to Cleveland to coach the end of the Browns-Jets game?
about college football
to the editor: Can someone explain why the AP Top 25 poll needs a designated sponsor (Regions Bank)? Where does the money go? I’ll do it for half the price. It is a meaningless task.
Tony Rutti, Westerville
to Tony: I’m going to assume the money goes to help the AP with its news coverage and not into the pockets of voters. And you won’t often see me complaining about supporting the ultra-important but shrinking newsgathering business.
to the editor: The Big Ten hire senile half-blind 90-year-old officials? Most of the time, their failures are contrary to what the fans, announcers and officials hired by the network think. And what is the purpose of the small television that the referee watches? I thought the replay officer’s job is to decide.
Jeff Kurtz, Hilliard
to jeff: I like that such failures come after discussion with those in the field. But yes, final decisions are often perplexing.
to the editor: Ah, September college football. Still summer, still rocking the two-way shorts and t-shirts, still needing to look away. Last Saturday, during an all-day pay-to-kill slate of games, the top 10 teams collectively pushed their opponents 521-120. An expanded playoff system might mitigate this somewhat, though I suspect these tasty appetizer games will be hard for some bloodthirsty fans to forget.
At the same time, mediocre teams are scouring the earth for a quartet of beatable foes to enter October with a brilliant 4-0 that pleases alumni. Then the plan is to go 2-6 in conference play, finish the season with a gleaming 6-6 record that pleases alumni, and be rewarded with the NCAA’s most treasured words: bowl eligible! ! And to show their optimism, boosters will start looking for potential opponents at Radiance Technologies’ Independence Bowl and check out what hotel rooms are available in Shreveport.
About sports on TV
brian: Posting sheet music on TV between plays years ago has become today’s non-stop stream of information that I don’t need and just becomes a distraction. I don’t need to see Vanderbilt’s score every five minutes or how the game between the A’s and Orioles is going, and I certainly don’t care about football game scores from who knows where. And showing the game schedule later or the NFL games the next day, whether it’s for information or promotion, doesn’t make sense to me. My poor hearing still makes it difficult for me to hear the announcers. But placing a strip of cardboard across the bottom of the screen at least solved that problem.
Dennis Singleton, Dayton
About the Cincinnati Bengals
to the editor: The Bengals spent billions on three offensive linemen to protect Joe Burrow. He has been sacked more in two games than most of last season. The team seems so out of sync and I fear for his life. Joe Mixon hasn’t broken a single decent run for yards. Bengals last year… fact or fiction?
to joe: Fiction. The Bengals are good, but last year they had a lot of magic and breaks that won’t be repeated this season.
About Kevin Weakley
Mister: Like fish wrapped in newspaper and sitting on the back porch in the sun for three days, something stinks at Worthington Christian High School. After coaching men’s basketball for 22 seasons, compiling a record of 383-161 (a 70% success rate), and serving as the school’s athletic director from 2006-2007, Kevin Weakley was relieved of his coaching duties. According to Weakley, the stated reason for the termination of his coaching position was the school’s position that serving in both positions was a conflict of interest. Who suddenly realized this supposed realization? After all, he had held both positions for 16 years. Has anyone in administration or on the school board just woken up from a Rip Van Winkle-type nap? This kind of “conflict” happens in Ohio high schools all the time, but I don’t recall a coach losing his coaching job for this reason. Makes you wonder what the real reason for Weakley’s firing was. Perhaps someone in the school administration or the school board will enlighten us. In the meantime, good luck to Kevin Weakley on his future endeavors. After giving 26 years of his life to Worthington Christian, he certainly deserves better.
About Maury’s Wills
to the editor: Maury Wills was a game changer, but more importantly, he was such a kind and decent human being. He played for the Dodgers, Pirates and Expos. He also managed the Mariners. He was a seven-time All-Star, three-time World Series champion, National League MVP, two-time Gold Glove winner and six-time stolen base leader.
My condolences go out to his family, friends and fans. Maury Wills, RIP.
Paul Bacon, Hallandale Beach, Florida.
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