LETTERS

Amateurs felt unwelcome at Frys.com Open pro-am

To the sports editor:

The Frys.com Open pro-am was a huge disappointment for amateurs this year.

Past events organized by the Las Vegas Founders were run well and successful. The poorly run 2007 event left amateurs feeling unwelcome and disappointed. Many of the amateurs with whom I spoke will not be returning next year. How sad for the local charities, which benefit from the amateurs’ fees.

This year, amateurs were charged more for the privilege to play. All of the spots were not filled, and nonpaying locals who had nothing to do with the tournament attended functions the amateurs funded.

Sorry, Las Vegas, this year’s event crapped out!

JEFF HARPER

Coaching changes don’t improve UNLV football

To the sports editor:

I am so disgusted with UNLV football that I just had to write. Enough is enough.

For years, I had season tickets, only to be disappointed each year. Most college football programs go forward, but UNLV goes backward.

Mike Sanford may have been a good offensive coordinator at Utah, but he is no head coach, and he and his staff need to find new jobs.

ALAN SHERMAN

To the sports editor:

Harvey Hyde, Wayne Nunnelly, Jim Strong, Jeff Horton, John Robinson and Mike Sanford. Need I say more about UNLV football?

The program is pathetic. Year after year, we get nothing but losses, and about every three or four years another coach comes in, gets a fat contract, and we get more losses.

Sanford came in and promised national rankings and bowl games, and I wondered then what he had been drinking.

BRENT C. BUCY

‘MNF’ booth too small for trio of blowhards

To the sports editor:

It has to be frustrating for the broadcast crew of “Monday Night Football.” They constantly are being interrupted on their weekly “talk show” by, of all things, the football game.

In the eyes of Mike Tirico, Ron Jaworski and Tony Kornheiser, their ongoing narrative is more important than the game. The trio has turned the Monday night time slot on ESPN into a talk show that no one wants to hear.

Three men in the booth for football does not work. It becomes a competition to get in the “last word.” Meanwhile, NBC’s Al Michaels and John Madden on “Sunday Night Football” are the kings.

ROBERT BLANNER

Soccer referee shortage shortchanges prep teams

To the sports editor:

Clark County School District high school soccer players, coaches and fans are being shortchanged when games are not officiated by a qualified three-person team of referees. Often, games are officiated using only two sideline referees, and they suffer because of it.

It’s no wonder officials miss hand balls in the penalty area, or worse, rough play, when they’re trying to make calls from 60 yards away. A soccer game has much more movement and interaction than in a football game, but you don’t see any less than four- to six-person officiating crews working football.

Here’s hoping the CCSD and/or NIAA will increase the safety, sportsmanship and enjoyment of soccer by making sure a qualified three-person officiating crew oversees high school games.

ROD LEAVITT

The Review-Journal welcomes letters from its readers. Letters should be 100 words or less and must include the author’s name and phone number. Send letters to: Letters to the Sports Editor, Las Vegas Review-Journal, P.O. Box 70, Las Vegas, NV 89125-0070. Letters also can be e-mailed to: jhawk@reviewjournal.com.

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