Letters

February 22, 1999

Do columnists get mulligans? If they did, I'd be the first to
toss another Titleist to Reilly.
--DAVE BAYLESS, Chicago

ATTENTION GETTER

Let's wait before we anoint Randy Moss the greatest receiver of
all time (Moss Appeal, Jan. 18). Let's see if he makes it
through his first off-season without getting in trouble. Let's
see if he continues to produce over a number of seasons the way
Jerry Rice has. Then we can visit the subject again.
DAN SHERWOOD, Netcong, N.J.

Moss is Jordanesque? What the hell does that mean? They don't
even play the same sport.
ALBERT WHITLOCK, Annapolis, Md.

Moss is the NFL's Jordan? Moss will be the NFL's Mike Tyson.
DAVID A. CARZOLI, Itasca, Ill.

I'm tired of hearing about the 19 teams afraid to draft Randy
Moss because of his "cloudy past." Isn't it possible some of
those teams had needs other than a wide receiver?
TIM ZILLIG, Hiawatha, Iowa

REILLY ON JORDAN

Rick Reilly's rantings (No Time to Be an Airhead, Jan. 18) are
not only abusive and idiotic, but they also are so one-sided as
to be comical. Michael Jordan has always been a class act. Who
do you think put the NBA on the world sports map?
STEVE THORWALD, LaVerne, Calif.

Michael Jordan does not owe anything to Jerry Reinsdorf, Scottie
Pippen, NBC or anybody else Reilly mentioned.
GREG YUZIUK, Burnsville, N.C.

Isn't it amazing that SI has writers who continue to take
potshots at the man who sells millions of magazines every year?
DAVID ALLEN, River Falls, Wis.

I understand why you leave Reilly's article for the last page.
If it had been on page 5, I wouldn't have gone any further.
DIANNE S. BOYD, Danville, Ill.

The rest of the world, apparently unrecognized by you, loved
watching Michael Jordan, especially when the odds were stacked
against him. I think he deserved as much time as he wanted to
consider retirement.
DUSTY POPE, Rock Hill, S.C.

Finally, someone who does not think Jordan is the answer to all
the world's problems. Way to go!
PETER FLEURY, Atlanta

As usual, Reilly is right on. Michael was a great player, but in
his own mind he became bigger than the game.
JOHN FORAN, Boca Raton, Fla.

If Michael Jordan really cared about basketball, he would have
proved it to the few remaining NBA fans by playing for free this
season.
JASON EMERY, Annandale, N.J.

When fans think of Mark McGwire, they think of a great slugger
who off the field cares about child abuse. When fans think of
Jordan, they think of a great basketball player who off the
court sells Nikes.
MARK HARTLAUB, Corpus Christi

I am not going to miss those long strolls Jordan took on his way
to the hoop. I won't miss those silly fouls called on anyone in
the same zip code as he. The only thing more amazing than
Jordan's athletic gifts was his ability to bully the entire NBA.
ALEX KASEBERG, San Diego

SHARING SOME COLD ONES

Thanks for the great article on Darin Erstad and Rick Helling
(Chillin' Out, Jan. 18). My brother still brags about getting a
hit off Helling in Babe Ruth baseball. I may live somewhere
else, but North Dakota will always be home.
LYNN JOHNSON, Annapolis, Md.

In an era of NBA lockouts, trash talk and drug use, it was great
to read that Erstad and Helling are having a good time eating
their steaks, drinking their soda and reliving sunny American
Legion days.
WARREN BULL, Modesto, Calif.

A big grin crossed my face when I saw the picture of Helling and
Erstad ice fishing on Prairie Lake. As a native of Minot, I'm
glad you showed that North Dakota produces something other than
snow.
WAYNE YEUNG, Sunnyvale, Calif.

WE'RE NOT LIKE MIKE

It is absurd for Richard Hoffer to equate the everyday failings
of the vast majority of the population with the horrific acts
that Mike Tyson has committed (Haunted, Jan. 18). If Hoffer is
right, heaven help us all.
RANDOLPH PRITCHARD, Raleigh, N.C.

COLOR PHOTO: CHUCK SOLOMON

DELIVERING THE HEAT

Bill Conlin and the other five members of the Baseball Writers
Association of America who did not vote for Nolan Ryan on the
first ballot to enter the Hall of Fame (SCORECARD, Jan. 18)
should have their voting privileges revoked.
JOHN BARANOWSKI, Springdale, Pa.

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