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Letters for Jan. 25

Is the hiring of Ryan only more of the same?

Welcome to Buffalo, Rex Ryan. Your speech was very encouraging. However, I was set back with your selection of your coaching staff. Where can we expect a change, when you selected nine of your former assistants while with the Jets?

Your previous record speaks for itself. I am one for improving our defense, which was doing fine, but our need is the offense and quarterback. Who among these nine associates will help? I hope that the one coach from San Francisco will be the savior. My personal feelings would have preferred assistants who were more successful then your old buddies. What will the future bring?

Fred Leissle

Niagara Falls

Here’s a novel twist on winners and overtimes

There’s been a lot of debate over ties and overtime in the NFL of late. Many people have various solutions about how ties should be handled, how overtime should be done, etc. I have thought up an idea that I haven’t heard from anybody.

The NFL (and other sports leagues) should handle ties and overtime by eliminating both ties and overtime. What they need to do is declare as the winner of a tied game whichever team got to the tied score first. If a team is trailing, in order to win, they must score more points than what the other team has. If they tie up the score, the other team, who already had that score, would still be winning. In effect, once a team has the lead, they have earned the right to win with that final score, unless the other team scores more.

In last week’s NFC Championship, the Seahawks went ahead, 22-19. When the Packers scored a field goal, they tied it up, forcing overtime. Under my proposed modification, the Seahawks would have won (and the Packers would have lost), 22-22, at the end of regulation. Game over.

This simple paradigm shift would end debates over coin flips, overtime possessions, and many other overtime issues. It would also make the end of games more exciting.

Bill Mansfield

North Boston

It’s plain and simple: Patriots broke the rules

What a shame that two of Buffalo’s veteran sports columnists so completely missed the point of “Deflategate.”

Using the argument that New England would have beaten the Colts if they used a nerf ball (how about the Ravens game, Bucky?) completely misses the point. The rules were broken. Somebody gave the orders to deflate those 11 footballs (which is an advantage on a cold day) and that person should pay with his job.

The lack of integrity and ethics is the point here. If the NFL wants to retain what integrity it has left, Commissioner Goodell must take action, strong decisive action. This is the third time (by my count) that the Patriots organization has been involved in bending the rules. Maybe they think they are a little too big to be challenged on such matters.

Going back to an older controversy, I have scouted football teams (high school) for 25 years. The best information I have ever been able to gather while scouting is to watch a team’s warm-up practice before a game (without the confusion of a defense out there), and chart every play they run out of each formation they show. Bill Belichick took that to a new level. He didn’t have to watch it, he videotaped it.

Larry Veronica


League has to come down hard on Pats for cheating

Once again, the NFL finds itself in another embarrassing situation. This time, it isn’t about an individual player for substance abuse or abusing women and children. This is also very serious and threatens the integrity of the entire league itself. It makes an individual wonder just how fair and just it is.

For the second time in less than 10 years, the New England Patriots have been accused of cheating. Several years ago, they were found guilty by the NFL for videotaping the New York Jets’ defensive schemes in order to give them an advantage before they played. Their first time offense punishment was a substantial fine and forfeiting their top draft pick the following year.

Now they’re accused of playing with illegally deflated footballs in last week’s AFC Championship Game. If this is true, does New England really deserve to be in the Super Bowl?

To be taken seriously, the NFL needs to become much more strict. The Patriots should be fined, stripped of their top draft choice and made Super Bowl ineligible next year. That would really make a statement to the rest of the teams.

Kevin W. Dwyer


With scientific analysis, psi rules may not work

According to the website, for every 10 degrees Fahrenheit change in air temperature, tire pressures will change about 2 percent.

If New England’s footballs had 12.5 psi at room temperature (72 degrees) and the field was at 32 degrees, you would expect the footballs to have lost 8 percent of their air pressure. That is about 1 psi. A 16 percent drop in temperature would be needed for the footballs to lose 2 psi. Maybe if someone heated the footballs so that they were 80 degrees warmer than the field; they would only have to be at about 112 degrees to account for a 16 percent loss of pressure.

Do the footballs receive a sauna treatment before testing? Maybe the rule should be that the balls have to be within a few degrees of the expected temperature of the field at the time of testing. Brady has stated that he did not let the air out of the football; however, he has not addressed the issue of temperature. Did they cheat, or is the rule inadequate because it does not address temperature?

Leonard J. Almquist


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