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Letters to Sports: 'Fatso' reference degrading

“Fatso” reference degrading, offensive

EDITOR: I believe Lowell Cohn hit a low when he wrote his column on the Giants that appeared last Sunday in The Press Democrat with the headline “Giants need Fatso's bat to carry weight.”

The word “fatso” was used seven times in the article.

Lowell even used “fatso” when referring to Pablo Saddoval as the MVP of the 2012 World Series.

Lowell could have stated that Pablo was overweight and his editorial would have been OK. Lowell even states that he is overweight. Since Lowell is a professional in his field I guess calling him “fatso” would be OK.

“Fatso” is a word that offends people and Pablo deserves to be treated like a professional just as much as any person who has a weight problem.

Lowell is probably not going to change since Wednesday in his editorial on the 49ers' win against the Washington Redskins he referred to the Washington team and certain players as “clowns” 13 times.


Santa Rosa

High school athletes don't need protection

EDITOR: Should sports reporters mention the name of high school athletes who make critical mistakes while competing? They already do: the quarterback who throws a key interception, the running back who fumbles, the linebacker missing a tackle.

Scarred for life? Hardly. Stuff happens in sports as in life.

Regarding the Rancho Cotate center who erred on his snap of the ball in the loss to Cardinal Newman, he was undoubtedly attempting to do his best, which is all he can do. In this particular case he was unsuccessful. He is human.

As long as what a reporter eventually writes is factual and does not elaborate in a purposely demeaning way, of course the young man can be identified.

The real question is whether the lineman's name would have been mentioned had he made a perfect snap of the ball. On previous, successful extra-point attempts had he not played an instrumental role?

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