Mailbag: football fans hating on Hayes

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

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Re: “Florida deserved to be there”
Jan. 12, 2007

To the Editor:
Want a scoop? Here it is: [Urban Meyer lobbying the BCS] never happened.

Yup, every paper in the U.S. ran some version of the “Meyer lobbied heavily” story. Actual fact? Meyer, in response to a few questions from reporters, spoke about the matter for two minutes max.

The writers (all in lockstep and knowing Ohio State and Michigan were far and away the best teams in the land) were astounded by Meyer’s heresy and misreported that he’d campaigned (probably because the story lasted so long it seemed like a campaign). The sports PR people at Florida probably have all the facts.
"Dwight Williams


Re: “Excessive gloating lands Patriots in the Sin Bin”
Jan. 16, 2007

To the Editor:
Crybabies like you should switch the channel and watch figure skating if pro football is too much for you.

Aggression " and yes, taunting " is part of the NFL. It’s tolerated by the commissioner and officials alike.

If Merriman wasn’t allowed to do that stupid “lights-out” dance in the first place, you would have a valid point. As it is, in the Patriots’ defence, nothing is mentioned about pregame comments from Chargers players and fans alike regarding the inferiority of the New England team. I understand San Diego had even put money up for the “inevitable” victory parade. That’s life in the big city. The Patriots’ style is to keep their mouths shut while putting up with all the pregame B.S. from opposing teams. They have to let off steam at some point. If what they did was so wrong, all taunting and asinine victory dancing would be prohibited. It’s not, so tell LT to change his wet diapers, get his thumb out of his mouth, and get on with next year’s preparation.

The Chargers lost to the better team.
"Mike Carpenter

Ed. Note: Taunting and asinine victory dancing are prohibited. That’s what the refs mean when they call a 15-yard taunting penalty.

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