Terry Francona may very well be correct in his comments about the Red Sox ownership and how badly it ended for him, but I want to know why he suddenly lost touch with his players. Why didn't he talk about the reasons he let the team get so far out of control and why he was unable to get them back on track and back to caring about winning?
Bob Plotkin, Longmeadow, Mass.
Not Even Close
I find it laughable that the Red Sox are referred to as an empire (Too Big to Succeed). An empire suggest years of dominance and championships. An empire does not go 86 years between World Series wins. The Marlins have the same number of World Series wins since 1918 as Boston, and they had 74 fewer years to win them in.
Sam Vincent Sorvino, Oregon City, Ore.
After reading David Epstein's essay about Junior Seau and brain trauma (SCORECARD), I was left wondering if players and coaches are paying attention to the growing research that suggests that the combination of big-impact hits and constant smaller hits to the head play a major part in the trauma to a player's brain? While the average pro player may suffer a minimum of one or two concussions throughout his career, by the time he retires he has taken countless lower-level hits to the head while participating in practice drills, scrimmages and games—often as early as Pop Warner football, when players can be as young as five years old.
Jerry Chiplock, Saginaw, Mich.
There was a huge omission in your The Old Canada Try chart (SCORECARD) in which you acknowledge the players and coaches who have had both successes and failures in the NFL and the CFL. Marv Levy led the Bills to four straight Super Bowls, is in the NFL Hall of Fame and won the CFL's Grey Cup twice as coach of the Montreal Alouettes.