Penn State coach Bill O'Brien and university president Rodney Erickson should be commended for their efforts to turn over a new leaf with the athletic program in Happy Valley and firmly establish what the "We are Penn State" mantra really means: being honest and doing what is right. The positive light they are shining on the university is looking very bright.
Mark Joseph Williams, Mendham, N.J.
After reading your article about the culture of Penn State one year after the Jerry Sandusky scandal (We Are Still ... Penn State), I had to express how disgusted I was by the photo on page 65 of a Nittany Lions T-shirt that reads SCREWED VS. TATTOOED. Given the nature of Sandusky's crimes, I think to use that type of language is appalling. It appears that for some Nittany Lions fans, the more they defend the school's legacy, the more insensitive and outrageous they become.
Sandi Contreras, Lakeland, Fla.
I enjoyed Steve Rushin's essay on the connection between election night and sports (SCORECARD). Here is another analogy along similar lines: presidential conventions and high school pep rallies. As the big game against the archrival looms (Election Day), students (delegates) rally in support of their teams (candidates). Hyperbolic speeches, screaming crowds, sign waving, goofy hats, certitude that their side will win—it's all there at both events. Like high schools, political parties even have mascots.
Gary Baxel, Joshua Tree, Calif.
Your comparison between the Texans and the Cowboys (Still Starry-Eyed) reminded me of the Yankees and the Mets. Like the Cowboys, the Yankees get a huge amount of national media coverage and have a large fan base from coast to coast. The Mets, win or lose, are forever second-class citizens.