Letters to the sports editor: Saturday, Oct. 26

October 26, 2013 

Cross country

Really? My letter is in reference to the lack of coverage in the Idaho Statesman for boys and girls high school cross country. Having lived in 11 states and several cities the size of Boise, I have to say the coverage/articles this sport gets is the worst.

It’s not like these sports don’t have many participants. I think Mountain View in Meridian has 75-plus kids in its program, as probably does Rocky Mountain High, also in Meridian.

With the district boys and girls meets Oct. 24-25, I am shocked by the lack of reporting. It’s great to see soccer and football — two full pages Oct. 25, as they too deserve the coverage — so why not some kudos for the boys and girls of cross country, who also work their tails off? Just sayin’ ...

JEFF CHRISTIANSON, Boise


Dance team coach

After attending the Boise State homecoming game, I am sickened by the university’s decision not to properly honor former Mane Line Dance Team coach Julie Stevens.

Julie began the program 30 years ago and, until this year, has been the only coach the program has known. She built a classy, unparalleled tradition that gained considerable national recognition.

In the 24 years under her leadership, the team brought home six national titles. Not only did she develop hundreds of dancers, but she helped these same young women acquire skills and habits that helped them become highly productive and successful individuals today.

Her legacy at Boise State is unequalled. And how did the university honor such a remarkable woman? They read an announcement and displayed a few pictures on the video board toward the end of the game.

That is appalling.

Bob Kustra and Mark Coyle, you should be ashamed and embarrassed by the tribute you deemed appropriate for a woman who gave the university so many years of dedication and commitment.

I implore you both, please rectify your wrong and provide a fitting farewell for this legend. She is most deserving.

ANGIE (BLAIR) ELKINGTON, Meridian


Uniforms

My wife and I have been strong fans of the Broncos since the 1970s. We have blue and orange shirts, sweaters, hats, windbreakers and other stuff. We have car flags and a flag in front of our house. We even have a custom electric blue and orange golf cart and Bronco golf bags.

Homecoming, and the team shows up in black?Ugly. I don’t understand.

HAROLD MCDOWELL, Meridian


Dear BSU football players: Doubting Thomas here.

It is cool that you get to pick the uniform wardrobe for each game. However, you might want to talk with Superstitious Southwick and make one crucial change. After all, his Mojo Mustache has only been wrong once.

Halloween is soon upon us, and it’s time to burn your cursed white helmets at the stake. You’ve only lost six games in three years, and most of them while wearing those possessed white lids. Wear your blue or black helmets and win. Wear your white helmets and lose. It’s all quite simple, really.

THOMAS COCHRANE, Boise


Stand or sit?

Stand up Bronco Nation. As a true fan of not only Boise State, but of college football as well, I must say I am utterly disappointed in the fans at our stadium.

Almost weekly, I can hear fans yelling behind me in the south end zone, voicing their displeasure with me. Why are they upset? It’s not because I am using foul language, or because I am being obscene, but merely because I am standing to watch the game.

Against Nevada, I had to sit for the entire game, and this was the first time in years that I have done this at a home game. Only one word will describe my emotions … disappointed.

If we as Bronco Nation want to become a “top-tier” football program, we must start with simple things such as this. If you do not wish to stand up at the game, then make sure not to yell at those that do.

Home-field advantage is something that only a few schools in this country can say they have. We will never fully be the program we need to be until we stand up. If you want to sit, stay home.

SHANE LARSON, Meridian

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