Editor: Joey Kaufman’s article (Wednesday) pointed out how former Ohio State guard Josh Myers was struggling with snapping the ball accurately while learning the center position until he noticed the grip used by former center Billy Price in a photograph displayed in the practice facility.
OSU assistant coaches are making a combined $7.245 million in salary this year, including $600,000 for the offensive line coach, yet Myers had to get help with a basic fundamental on his own by looking at a photo?
Something’s wrong with this picture!
Kirk Cupp, Lewis Center
Kirk: I suppose one could take a more optimistic view of things and assume that the aspiring center had been told what to do but it never clicked in until he saw visual evidence. That seems a stretch, though, doesn’t it?
Editor: At the OSU spring game (next Saturday) we fans have a chance to watch the highest-rated player in Ohio State football history, quarterback Justin Fields, compete for the starting job.
With tickets at a low price, fans have a chance to see a future NFL quarterback, possibly a first-day pick. He has elite arm talent but can also move around the pocket and create plays with his feet.
But the question all Ohio State fans want to know is, can he lead the Buckeyes to a national championship? I think he can, with very good receivers, a talented and experienced corps of running backs and a good, experienced defense that struggled last year in the secondary but is returning a lot.
Justin has a lot of talent and a lot of talent around him poised for a championship run.
Colin Moore, Upper Arlington
Colin: You do realize that Fields has yet to be named the starter, right? And that he may not be until the morning of the opener? Of course, he was looking for work when he walked in the door, as my father used to say. Just maybe not such expectations.
Ray: Adam Cairns’ (March 29) photograph of Riley Nash picking up his own ricochet (I’m not a hockey guy; is that what they call it, a ricochet?) to score his second goal of the season was amazing and deserving the space you gave it above the fold.
It had everything: the puck, the crowd’s reaction, the ref signaling goal, the opponent face down on the ice and, of course, Nash looking up ice for his teammates.
I’ve read that sports photography is about being lucky, but seeing this photo, it can’t all be luck.
Bryan Willford, Columbus
Bryan: Rebound is the word you’re looking for to describe Nash’s goal, but you’re spot-on when you say it’s not luck that leads to similarly excellent sports photos. We are blessed with a talented bunch of men and women.
Editor: In regard to complaints (Mailbox, last Sunday) on the location of articles you publish, you know life is tough when you need to turn the pages of a newspaper to find the article you are interested in.
Gene Brumbaugh, via email
Gene: In my house we call that a first-world problem.
Editor: It’s been three consecutive weeks, so I’ve gotta ask: Why the ghostly images above your Sunday column?
At first I thought it was a grease stain (something I am all too familiar with), but last week I discerned a football helmet and this week a man’s tie. Are you being haunted?
Dorothy Cobbs, Dublin
Dorothy: Not that I’m aware. The grease stain makes sense; I wear a lot more of them than ties these days. Probably it’s just ink bleeding through pages — unless maybe you’re being haunted.
Editor: As a former teacher at Brookhaven High School, I was ecstatic to see that former girls basketball coach Reggie Lee will be inducted into the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame.
Coach Lee worked his girls hard on the court, but above all he expected and demanded that they perform well in the classroom. His girls were always among the most diligent and attentive students in my classroom.
In this day of the one-and-done athlete, his girls were the epitome of student-athlete. Their academic and athletic achievements were a steppingstone into college and, of course, to a successful life.
Wayne Branfield, Columbus
Editor: I watched Alliance of American Football games on NFL Network, and I didn’t like its format. They had no kickoffs, and teams had to only go for a two-point conversion after a touchdown.
The AAF tried to use young players from NFL rosters, and now they have just suspended operations after eight weeks in existence after just one season.
It is now one of the biggest failures in football history. AAF, RIP.
Paul Bacon, Hallandale Beach, Fla.