No Middle Ground
Rick Reilly has summarized what 76ers fans have known for years
(THE LIFE OF REILLY, May 28). Allen Iverson exemplifies the best
things in sports: desire and a never-say-die attitude. Fans
should stop pondering Michael Jordan's potential return. The NBA
is alive and well with players like Iverson.
TED FRANKEL, Boston
Reilly has confused excellent basketball skills and a competitive
spirit with things like honor, respect for others and moral
character. The former is nothing. The latter is worthy of praise.
JEREMY BARLOW, CULLMAN, Ala.
Spare us the sanctimony, Rick. The misogynistic and homophobic
rap lyrics tell us everything that we need to know about the real
RENZ OTZEN, Flagstaff, Ariz.
July 1, 2001
I was appalled after reading LETTERS in your May 28 issue. Even
after what Iverson has done this season, people will not let him
off the hook. He was immature for a while, but he's grown up and
has become a great player.
JOHN MICHAEL GEISE, Kensington, MD.
Rick Reilly defending Allen Iverson? I'll re-up my subscription.
BIFF MCGILPIN, Wallingford, Conn.
The issue with the column on Iverson was the worst use of paper
and ink since the dimpled chads. You should listen to your
readers more closely. They speak the truth.
MICHAEL MCDUFF, Dallas
Reilly's column should be required reading for all the
simpleminded bigots who took the time to criticize SI for
Iverson's cover shot (April 23).
BRADEN CAMPBELL, Slippery Rock, PA.
Bliss at Addison and Clark
As a lifelong Cubs fan I couldn't agree more with Steve Rushin's
assessment of a day at Wrigley Field (AIR AND SPACE, May 28).
There's no finer place to watch a game or spend an afternoon.
Every day is perfect inside the Friendly Confines. See you at
ELIZABETH COLLINS, Chicago
In filling out an application for college, I had to write an
essay about a life-altering event. I chose to describe my first
trip to a Wrigley Field bathroom when I was seven. I concluded
that the reason all the males at Wrigley were so friendly was
because they all had to stand together at the trough. There must
be a Cubs fan in the Columbia admissions office--I graduated in
NATIE FOX, New York City
Ninety minutes north of Wrigley and a few days later, it's
another perfect afternoon for early-season baseball at Miller
Field. Beer at our feet, the Brewers at bat, 46[degrees] with a
cold drizzle. I hear the weather is the same in Chicago. If it
improves, maybe we'll open the roof.
JIM REICHART, Oak Creek, Wis.
I was only there once, in the early 1980s, before lights, on an
afternoon respite from a grim meeting with a software vendor.
Rushin's commentary was so vivid I can only say, Thanks for the
MICHAEL J. MCGRANAGHAN
I wish that Rushin had also written about the wonderful aroma of
sausage, onion and pepper sandwiches wafting about the stadium.
LEE SURRETT, St. Petersburg
The Son Also Rises
In your article on Ichiro Suzuki (Big Hit, May 28) and in others
I've read about him on sports pages, I was surprised that there
was no mention of what his name means. Ichiro is commonly given
to firstborn sons in Japan. Ichi means "one" or "number one." (Ro
is a masculine suffix.) No wonder he wants ICHIRO emblazoned on
The Reverend Arthur Tsuneishi
San Gabriel, Calif.
Well, you've done it. The Mariners have a chance to go all the
way, and you have to put Suzuki on your cover. There goes the
pennant, and probably there goes Ichiro. Just how much did George
Steinbrenner pay you for this grand favor?
EDWARD H. GRIEMSMANN
The People's Choice?
I'd like to thank Rick Reilly for putting all those morons who
wrote letters complaining about Allen Iverson (above) back in
their place. Iverson is the only reason that I watch the NBA.
PACKY NOONE, Mechanicsburg, PA.