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Football And Civic Pride

Michael J. Ring '01 was mostly on the mark with his analysis in The Tech of the Patriots' departure ["Political Football," Dec. 8]. Low-income jobs, minimal tax revenue, and civic pride never justify public stadium funding. As Ring says, Connecticut's stadium deal is egregious corporate welfare. Despite his well-written and well-argued points, Ring makes statements which indicate he does not understand the importance of football.

Ring, who admits growing up near Foxboro, writes, "A professional sports franchise has only a fraction of the value of world-class cultural and educational institutions." This statement reveals that, to no fault of their own, he and other residents of this fair-weather, no-account football town could not possibly understand the inspirational and motivational value of hard-fought football unconditionally supported by die-hard, loud-mouthed, beer-drinking partisans.

Having spent countless hours sleeping in museums on school field trips and having the privilege to attend one of the world's finest academic institutions, I am happy to say that these experiences were not a fraction as fulfilling as receiving Washington Redskins' season tickets for which my father had waited 26 years.

Perhaps the time and money invested in my weekly excursions to the Sports Depot to cheer on a 610 team could be better spent appreciating the arts, acquiring social grace, or improving my grade point average. Certainly Massachusetts may have greater concerns than the spiritual well-being of football hooligans. Nevertheless, as a fan of a football team in an honest-to-God football town with die-hard fans and a great fight song, I am skeptical about Ring's statement, "Life goes on without a football team." I doubt it.

Philip D. Sarin '99