I was shocked when I looked at the paper Monday morning, Sept. 21, to not see a bigger headline in the Sports section shouting about the USA coming back from almost insurmountable odds to win one of the most prestigious trophies in professional golf, the Solheim Cup.
They have lost the last two competitions to Europe, and it looked like a threepeat with Europe only needing four points to win the cup and the USA needing eight. But that Sunday morning, the singles matches began, and even with a controversial situation costing a hole, they won.
Yet the men’s tournament had front-page status, touting Jason Day’s win, which deserves a lot of attention based on his current performances.
I love to watch both the LPGA and PGA, but it is so unbelievable in this modern world that women still don’t even come close to getting the attention and acclaim they deserve when doing something spectacular.
My husband and I were glued to the television and couldn’t believe our eyes as the drama unfolded and the outcome at the end was so amazing.
Shame on the Statesman for being so shallow.
Mary Moore, Boise
I am a 1978 graduate of the U of I with a civil engineering degree who currently lives in Iowa. My experience in Moscow enabled me to have a wonderful career and I am a proud alum.
Both when I was at Moscow, and in the subsequent years, I have followed Vandal athletics with more than a casual interest. It became apparent to me when I initially stepped on campus in 1974 the challenges — particularly the economic ones — of sustaining a good football program in Moscow.
So over the years, I have watched the transition to and from Division I-AA and have been sympathetic to the choices that were made (coaching changes, conference changes, etc.) to try and do the right thing for the football program.
But the current situation is an embarrassment — coaches behaving poorly, players behaving poorly and students behaving poorly. The whole situation lacks class.
When the culture of an organization runs amok, it is the responsibility of leadership to fix it. I am not close enough to know the answers, but if the university truly prides itself on being a top-flight academic institution, then something has to change.
Don Jackson, Iowa City, Iowa
Sunday morning, Sept. 27 ... I just got past the front-page Sports section story about pro athletes giving back to their colleges that ran in the previous day’s N.Y. Times, and there it was, finally, the Kellen Moore “wish” story.
Here is a scouting assignment. Using brains, not hearts, make a scouting comparison between Kellen Moore and Tim Tebow, two left-handed quarterbacks with fanatical followings. Include height, weight, age, quality of college competition, quality of NFL competition, experience, passing ability, running ability and any other appropriate area.
Remember, use your head and not your heart.
You just completed your scouting assignment. Who is the better quarterback?
Mal Fichman, Boise