W.C. Heinz is a man who has confronted all that life has given
him the only way he knows how--deep into the late rounds.
--TED STRICKLETT, Omaha
An Eloquent Man
Your story on sportswriter W.C. Heinz by Jeff MacGregor took my
breath away (Heavyweight Champion of the Word, Sept. 25). I'll be
going to the library today to check out Heinz's stuff. The
excerpt from "Death of a Racehorse" brought tears to my eyes.
MARY McCLOSKEY, Oak Park, Ill.
For years I've been entertained, enlightened and infuriated by
SI, but never have I been as moved as I was by your profile of
Heinz. This is sportswriting worthy of its subject.
WILL ALLISON, Indianapolis
October 30, 2000
I'm sure some readers were enthralled with the homage to Heinz. I
wasn't one of them. Sportswriters aren't the story. They've been
creeping into the story, and the creepage is permissible when
it's a part of skillful lampooning at the hands of Rick Reilly or
Steve Rushin. No more features, please. Keep athletes and
competitions front and center.
JULIAN FRIEND, Bedford, Texas
Thanks to Rick Reilly for his heartbreaking, beautifully written
essay about Glory Alozie and the late Hyginus Anayo Anugo (THE
LIFE OF REILLY, Sept. 25). Reilly's last paragraph, which told of
Glory's having to suddenly run "unattached," seared me indelibly.
Her courage and pain are one thing from these Olympics that I
will carry with me forever.
MICHAEL GREEN, Phoenix
The craft and sensitivity that Reilly displayed in honoring
Alozie's loss during what should have been the high point of her
young life touched me. I have never had to do anything remotely
as difficult as what she faces. Bless her.
KEN ROBINS, Big Sur, Calif.
As a University of Portland soccer fan, I'm glad the world is
finally recognizing Tiffeny Milbrett's dynamic style of play
(Mighty Mite, Sept. 25). She's sometimes feisty but has a good
heart. I recall sitting behind her at a Portland men's soccer
game. She'd invited a young cancer patient to sit with her. Her
attentiveness to the youngster was an inspiration. I'm happy
she's been given the chance to shine.
BARBARA CHASE, Edmonds, Wash.
As an undersized 11-year-old, my daughter has been an admirer of
the play of Milbrett, but perhaps Tiffeny, whose moniker is No
Tact Tiff and who is a self-described bloody f------ American,
should look in the mirror instead of blaming Nike or Gatorade for
not selecting her as a spokesperson. Given her demeanor, it's no
wonder that companies aren't anxious for her to represent them.
Her attitude may help her on the field, but it disappoints those
of us who appreciate her athletic abilities.
TOBY JOPLIN, Owasso, Okla.
I find it hard to believe that members of the U.S. men's
basketball team were true Olympians (Still Dreaming, Sept. 25).
The fact that some of them even considered skipping the opening
ceremonies for reasons other than having to compete the next day
ALEXI SURETTE, Winston-Salem, N.C.
On Sept. 23 I took my son and his friend to fulfill their dream
of seeing the Dream Team play at the Olympics. After the game we
waited an hour at the team's bus hoping for autographs. My son
and his friend were the only fans there, but when the players
appeared and were asked for autographs, they ignored the boys.
They then sat on the bus for 10 minutes before it left. This
arrogant behavior from so-called ambassadors of the U.S. made me
feel ashamed to be an American citizen.
LUKE SIMKINS, Sydney
Credit Klim, Not Thorpe
Michael Klim must be a real team player, considering that he kept
his mouth shut when almost all the credit for the Aussies'
winning the men's 4x100 swimming relay at the Olympics was given
to Ian Thorpe (Fast Lanes, Sept. 25). Leigh Montville referred to
Thorpe's relay effort as "his showcase." If it hadn't been for
Klim's world-record-setting first leg, the Aussies could have
lost that race, instead of winning by .19 of a second. Looking at
race results by leg, each Aussie swimmer after Klim lost to his
U.S. rival, including Thorpe, who fell to Gary Hall Jr. Thorpe is
a great swimmer, but please give credit where it's due.
BILL DOUCET, Pasadena, Md.
How can Peter King say that Desmond Howard is the best return
man in NFL history (INSIDE THE NFL, Sept. 25)? Has he forgotten
the great Gale Sayers (above)? Sayers has a career punt return
average of 14.5 yards and a career kickoff return average of
30.56 yards. The latter still ranks No. 1 in the NFL.
MIKE ELMORE, Clarksville, Tenn.