Readers offer their thoughts about greatest era in sports

Last week in this column, I wrote a piece about my generation having lived in the greatest sports era of all time. I chose various athletes, certain historical events, and outstanding plays to support this theory. I invited readers to respond with any ideas or players they thought I might have left out. I received several responses, and one phone call.

Joe Quintanilla, of Rockford, called me immediately last Wednesday afternoon and chided me for not having any Washington Redskins on my list. He asked me how it was possible to not have referenced Billy Kilmer, Sonny Jurgensen, John Riggins or Art Monk. I’m sorry I missed those players; however, if you agree that these are some of the best to ever have played the game, it further supports my idea of how we have lived during the best time to be a sports fan.

An anonymous e-mailer asked how I could write such an article and not include the “Immaculate Reception” from Franco Harris or “The Catch” from Dwight Clark. Another anonymous e-mailer said I should have included some of the greatest coaches and managers whom we have been alive to see. He or she listed Don Shula, Tom Landry, Sparky Anderson, Billy Martin, Earl Weaver, Tommy Lasorda, Phil Jackson and Pat Riley.

I have to admit, they certainly are worthy of mention in such a column. I’m sorry I overlooked them originally. Although, once again, it does add credence to the original theory I proposed.

Thanks for the feedback! I’m glad you agreed that our generation has been blessed with exceptional athletes, coaches, managers and great historical sports moments.

Doug Halberstadt is a local resident and is track announcer at Rockford Speedway. He can be reached via e-mail at

From the April 12-18, 2006, issue

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