What did Tom Hallion think commissioner Bud Selig was going to
do in the wake of mass resignations? Cancel the World Series?
--ADRIENNE PACK, Norfolk
This is an article from the Oct. 11, 1999 issue
ONE KUDO, LOTS OF KNOCKS
Tip of the cap to Dr. Z and SI (Dr. Z's All-Century Team, Aug.
30). It was an unexpected pleasure to see Dave Wilcox of the San
Francisco 49ers named to the NFL all-century team. Dave was a
standout All-Pro before widespread national TV exposure,
self-promotion and hype changed the league. I can still see
number 64 standing at the end of the defensive huddle, hands on
hips, one foot crossed over the other, preparing to do battle.
MARK BERNARDI, Napa, Calif.
I'm amazed that a man who was enshrined in the NFL Hall of Fame,
still retains a place of prominence in team records almost 50
years after wrapping up his stellar career, was the best center
in the NFL and played a mean linebacker could be left off your
list. Who? Clyde (Bulldog) Turner of the great Chicago Bears, of
GINNY BOONE, Selma, Calif.
None of the running backs on your All-Century Team are No. 1 or
2 in yards gained rushing in the NFL alltime. Walter Payton of
the Chicago Bears is No. 1, and therefore he should be No. 1 on
JASON BOTELHO, Taunton, Mass.
Dave Casper at tight end? Over John Mackey? Over Mike Ditka? Over
Kellen Winslow and Ozzie Newsome?
FREDERICK LARSEN, The Dalles, Ore.
No Ray Nitschke? What's in those cigars, Dr. Z?
MIKE PLEASANT, Raleigh
Dr. Z's failure to give Ronnie Lott even an honorable mention at
free safety is a glaring oversight. Lott was a standout, All-Pro
cornerback for two Super Bowl championship seasons (1981 and
'84) with the 49ers and an even better free safety for two more
years ('88 and '89).
JOSH RECHSTEINER and HANK DAGENAIS, San Francisco
The greatest center is undoubtedly Mike Webster. He was the
heart and soul of the Steelers' offensive line through four
Super Bowl-winning seasons.
GREG KURTZ, McAllen, Texas
Notably missing are pre-1950 standouts Bronko Nagurski at
fullback and linebacker, Turk Edwards at tackle and Cliff
Battles at halfback.
NELSON MARANS, Silver Spring, Md.
The article Game Plan in the Aug. 30 issue was a waste of paper.
To expect these "NFL heavyweights" (with the possible exception
of Cris Carter) to espouse anything other than the company line
was dreaming. Why was there no representative of the fans?
Perhaps then someone would have addressed the issue of
full-priced preseason tickets.
BOB PIATT, Metairie, La.
So, 98% of fans get their only NFL experience through
television? I wonder if any of the panelists have watched a game
on television. What a boring, confusing mess! Every play is seen
at least three times, the announcers never stop talking, and
there is a constant stream of irrelevant statistics.
ART and ANNE LAYTON, Stamford, Conn.
NO TEARS SHED FOR UMPS
After reading the article on umpire Tom Hallion, I felt no
sympathy (INSIDE BASEBALL, Aug. 30). I am getting tired of
people claiming to be victimized when they bring misfortune on
themselves. I am surprised that Ian Thomsen kept referring to
the umpires as having been fired. They quit. They did not lose
their jobs. They gave them up while trying to circumvent the
employment contracts they had signed. Only in pro sports would
anyone want us to feel sorry for someone who quit and received
$250,000 in severance pay.
JACK ROOD, Marietta, Ga.
Now Hallion is going to have to get a real job, and, heaven
forbid, his wife might have to work like millions of other
MIKE CAPPADONNA, Biloxi, Miss.
No sympathy here, Tom. You and your fellow umps gambled with the
futures of your families. How could you do that?
ED BRONOWICZ JR., Pittsburgh
LESS IS MORE
I am pleased to finally read that there is some consideration
being given to reducing the number of major league teams (INSIDE
BASEBALL, Aug. 30). This is an idea that should be extended to
other professional sports. The quality of play in baseball has
never been so dismal, and this can be directly attributed to a
dilution of talent.
ERICK MERTZ, Corvallis, Ore.
PUNT IT AGAIN
You people need to tighten your computer security. A hacker got
into your system and typed in the name of Tommy Davis of the
49ers as greatest punter. Yeah, right. The greatest punters have
been Sammy Baugh of the Redskins (leather-helmet era), Yale Lary
of the Lions (above, black-and-white-TV era) and Ray Guy of the
Raiders (modern era).
MIKE MURRAY, Mason, Mich.