On Exeter protesters’ shame, a cycling legend and the lbw law
Why is ‘Chiefs’ racist now?
Well done Exeter Rugby Football Club. Nobody ever thought the “Chiefs” moniker was racist until the BLM movement arose, so why now? As children, we used to play cowboys and Indians among the war rubble, the Indians being the baddies, of course. Presumably we are therefore racist. It seems strange that the protesters give themselves a racist title, “Exeter Chiefs for change”. They should be ashamed of themselves.
Richard Brennan, Margate, Kent Consulting Native Americans pays
It was good to read that the Chiefs’ management had consulted relevant Native Americans before deciding to keep the current name of the club. It would be interesting to know how many Native Americans the tiny minority (as usual) group consulted prior to their demands.
Charles Jackson, Porton, Wiltshire Manager review appeals for Var
I had high hopes for Var when it was introduced because some of the refereeing decisions were truly awful. I still think that Var is useful but two things need to change. There must be a pitchside monitor for referees to refer to and no panel of judges from afar. Each manager should have two appeals per match to request Var review. Then the rules need to be amended. Handball must be deliberate to gain advantage and offside must be significant and by more than a single toe, finger or kneecap.
Mick Ferrie, Mawnan Smith, Cornwall ‘Umpire’s call’ an embarrassment
The current lbw law has to go, or at least part of it. Take “umpire’s call”: an appeal is made by the bowler, up goes the umpire’s finger, batter reviews and yes, the ball is clipping the stumps so “out” stands. Yet if said umpire had given “not out”, the batter remains at the crease. If the game is using ball-tracking technology and it shows the ball hitting the wicket then that should be it. Scrap “umpire’s call”, it has become an embarrassment.
Frank Edgar, Newbury, Berkshire Major Taylor an all-time great
I would like to suggest that Major Taylor, who became the world track sprint champion in 1899, be considered one of the greatest track riders of all time (Marvellous Merckx, July 24). Taylor was a champion rider who grew up in modest circumstances in America and as a black person he had to overcome more adversity than many fellow competitors, including, of course, rampant racism.
At a time when track cycling was the biggest professional sport in North America, Taylor became “The World’s Fastest Man”. His story needs to be told.
David Viner, Stourbridge, West Midlands Welcome balance on trans issue
Such a well-balanced authoritative article by Diana Thomas on Trans Women (Trans women cannot have it all their own way, July 24). If only more people in her position were as reasonable it would help the cause of trans genders hugely.
Gillian Dalton Spitting ‘a matter of upbringing’
Further to Phil Blower’s letter regarding spitting (July 24), I recall an anatomy lecture many years ago, when the lecturer was giving details of the saliva glands. He finished by saying that once the saliva reached a critical volume in the mouth, it would either be automatically swallowed or spat out, the choice determined by upbringing.
James Millar, Glasgow Pick the best wicketkeeper
Wicketkeeping is a specialist role, so pick the best. Empirical experience over the years has shown hybrid batter/keepers to be an inferior option when comparing centuries/runs against catches and stumpings of opposition missed.
Brian Strand, Aylesbury, Bucks County conferences unthinkable
The return of first-class cricket in the form of the Bob Willis Trophy is welcome, but I hope that, as Scyld Berry wonders (July 24), the 18 counties will not in future play each other annually in three conferences, home and away, making 10 games each, plus a final. As a Yorkshire member for 56 years and since living in the South, I have been able to watch them play in the County Championship at Arundel, Hove, Canterbury, Chelmsford, London, Southampton and Taunton. Travelling to Leicester for their southernmost championship match does not bear thinking about; though a place in the final this year does. Let us hope by then spectators may be allowed in.
Malcolm Watson, Ryde, Isle of Wight
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Heading off: Big Chief, Exeter’s mascot, is being retired after the furore about the club’s name