The revelation of the Saints' bounty program and the notion that some in the NFL think of football as a blood sport remind me of the feeling you get when eating a juicy hot dog: It tastes good and you want to enjoy it, but you don't want to think about the grimy process by which it was made.
Gary W. Sullivan, San Jose
In Lee Jenkins's essay on the Saints (SCORECARD) New Orleans pastor Douglas Haywood declared, "The enemy is the [NFL] commissioner." How can a spiritual leader who is supposed to provide moral guidance to his congregation make such a statement? To make light of opponents being deliberately injured is way out-of-bounds, especially for a man of the cloth.
Collin Agee, Falls Church, Va.
The lack of any public statement from the NFL Players Association regarding the Saints' behavior is disturbing. How can the NFLPA claim that the owners are not doing enough to help players with long-term disabilities when some players were accepting money to intentionally take their fellow union members out of games?
Addison Snell, Mountain View, Calif.
I'm convinced that Peyton Manning passed on playing for San Francisco (Peyton Manning's Long Game) because he didn't want to best his brother Eli in the NFC. The 49ers were a whisker away from the Super Bowl last season. They have since signed Mario Manningham and Randy Moss to strengthen their passing attack. The Niners could have easily won the division if they had signed Peyton. Yet he chose Denver and the AFC to avoid Eli—until the Super Bowl.
Peter Bowling Anderson, Memphis