By Jim Schutze
By Rachel Watts
By Lauren Drewes Daniels
By Anna Merlan
By Lee Escobedo
By Eric Nicholson
True, the defense played poorly and I am not defending them, but also give credit to the Eagles offense for executing their plays consistently on a high level. The linebackers were constantly being drawn into coverage by receivers running short slants or out routes over the middle, which kept them off balance and prevented them from stacking the middle, and when they did stack the middle to stop the run, McNabb would throw the ball downfield. By midway through the second quarter, the defense was gassed because they had been on the field in the 160-degree heat (playing-surface temperature) twice as long as the offense.
Blame the defensive coaches for not being prepared for the Eagles offense and for not calling the correct defensive plays to stop them, on top of blaming the Cowboys offense for leaving the defense hanging out to dry because of their inability to move the ball, possession after possession. Let's see John Gonzalez strap on some heavy football pads and gear and run around Texas Stadium at 3 p.m. when it's 110 degrees outside for 25 minutes or so, chasing a 220-pound running back while fighting off 275-pound to 300-plus-pound linemen and see how well he does.
I wish to God that your paper would insert a credible sports section with accurate information. My girlfriend works for your paper, and I've begged her to pitch the idea to upper management...hell, I even told her I'd write weekly sports columns for free instead of having some intellectual, artsy-fartsy theater-arts guy like John Gonzalez insult me with his lack of sports knowledge.
Cooper's hall of shame: As I read Mr. Carlton Stowers' article on "Bam" Morris ("Fallen Star," September 7), I felt that another side of this story should be discussed. The people that were interviewed expressed an attitude that is not universal in this small town. Morris was always a troublemaker while in school and out. He was petted by the coaches and school officials because he could run the ball, but in reality he couldn't spell cat.
To some, that he could play ball was enough. There have been many people that "came" from Cooper that made themselves doctors, lawyers, professionals, or otherwise just had a job, paid their bills, left others alone, and raised their families. The idea that Morris was one of the few that went out and made something of himself (he really did make a name for himself, didn't he?) is just ludicrous. He got exactly what he asked for and what he deserved.
When Mr. Stowers goes out and looks around this small town for a hero, he should look for someone who deserves it and talk to people who will admit the truth about that person.
James W. Scott
Close to Home
Stuff like this really happens: I would like to thank you for printing the recent article "Contempt of Cop" (September 7). As a 24-year-old Hispanic male, this article hit close to home. Although I have never experienced this, I have known people, friends, etc. who have. I am glad that you've brought this into the spotlight. I am sure this is something Anglo-Americans have a hard time imagining, but it does happen.
What is more sad is that Hispanic people who hold seats with power don't do anything to help eliminate this violation of human rights. After reading your article, I was left with one question in mind: "How can I help?"
Something fishy in Denton: Charles Siderius wrote the best and most accurate article concerning the true picture of Denton County law enforcement ("The Untouchable," September 14). This is only the tip of the iceberg. We need more articles as good as this one to clear up the many problems within this county. I highly commend you, your paper, and Charles Siderius for this outstanding article. The citizens of Denton County have lived with this for more than six years and see no relief without someone like you to tell the public. I have had many calls concerning this article. Again, thanks.
Bret McCabe comes out on top: Re: Annabelle's pity party in the September 21 "Night & Day." I mean really, what's the deal with Annabelle Massey Helber? Either her editor was on vacation, or else this is a sick joke. I've seen the Dallas Observer get catty, but this is utterly ridiculous. And in light of the events that have taken place in the last 24 hours, this seems even more petty. The funny thing is, Bret McCabe still comes out on top, and I bet the DMA will still welcome him as a guest speaker, unemployed though he may be. Annabelle's only managed to burn some bridges and make the Observer look bad. This type of column is what makes me really sad to see The Met go. Shame on you, Annabelle.
River flip-flop: I listened to Laura Miller's radio talk show on Labor Day and also read the article written by Jim Schutze ("Sinking Fast," September 14). As I read and reflected on Albert Black's letter to the editor (September 21), I wondered if he was in the same world I live in. I believe he is overreacting as people do when they believe they are important. The article was mostly on The Dallas Morning News finally reporting the facts on the Trinity River fiasco.