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November 23, 1998
Rage and irrational violence in the NFL—could it be related to steroid use? Gee, do ya think?—KATHY GARRETT, Wilmington, Del.
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November 23, 1998


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Rage and irrational violence in the NFL—could it be related to steroid use? Gee, do ya think?
—KATHY GARRETT, Wilmington, Del.

Men Behaving Badly
I enjoyed the story on the dirtiest players in the NFL (Dirty Dogs, Oct. 26). In junior high football we were taught that nothing is illegal until you get caught and to do unto others before they do unto you.
BRIAN BAY, Salina, Kans.

As an avid San Francisco 49ers fan, I was pleased to see that of the 12 dirtiest players in the league, the top three are current or former 49ers. I believe that great teams need players who will not allow themselves to be intimidated and who will play aggressively.
PAUL C. BARBA, Sunnyside, N.Y.

Your piece was absurdly gentle on the NFL's enforcement efforts. Twenty thousand dollars for a helmet-first hit that takes a player out for eight weeks? Bill Romanowski should have been suspended until Kerry Collins returned to action, plus an additional eight weeks. The paltry fines are a joke.
SHI-LING HSU, Davis, Calif.

I had the privilege of meeting Kevin Gogan on several occasions while he was a Dallas Cowboy and then an Oakland Raider. Gogan was affable—and a real gentleman. You have now crushed that image with your cover portraying him as a ghoulish Jack the Ripper.

By publicizing players who cheat to maintain their livelihood, you're sending a troubling message to the many youth-football players and coaches who read your magazine. This is information only those in the commissioner's office need to know.
J.E. McBEE, Lewiston, N.Y.

What's in a Picture?
I would like to comment on two of the photographs in your LEADING OFF section (Oct. 26). The one that shows Mike Tyson biting a toddler's shirt as the child is bawling demonstrates why Tyson never should have been ruled fit to box again. The second, of UCLA quarterback Cade McNown throwing up, was gross, repulsive and disgusting. I loved it.

I just saw the picture of McNown. This is the essence of college football: playing until you puke and then leading your team to victory.
GREG WILLER, Mammoth Lakes, Calif.

During my old quarterback days, I once threw up on my center. I was quickly named "Barf" Starr in reference to the great Green Bay quarterback, Bart Starr.
M.D. CHILTON, Frederick, Md.

The Not-so-sweet Science
While Panama Lewis and Luis Resto are certainly guilty of destroying Billy Collins Jr.'s boxing career, they are not responsible for taking his life (Bare Knuckles, Oct. 26). If anyone is to be blamed for that, it is Billy Collins Sr. From a childhood of attending pit-bull fights, through the Resto fight when his father exhorted him to "fight like a man," to the moment his father struck him with a piece of wood, the message sent to young Collins was clear: Toughness and violence make the man. It is not surprising that when Billy Jr. felt his manhood was gone, his reason for living was extinguished.
KURT TEZEL, Merritt Island, Fla.

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