Letters

July 29, 2001

Not Everyone Loves Raymond

As a 27-year-old Boston Bruins fan, I have never known how it
feels to watch my team win a Stanley Cup (Hooray! June 18). If
it's half as good as watching Ray Bourque hoist his first Cup,
then it must be amazing. I wonder how it feels for Bourque to
know that in Boston sports his name is spoken in the same
reverent tones reserved for the likes of Bird, Orr, Russell,
Williams and Yaz?
VINCENT YANNACCI, East Lyme, Conn.

At Long Last! is exactly correct. Not just Bourque holding the
Stanley Cup but SI's putting hockey on its cover.
SETH GOLDSTEIN, Durham, N.C.

I'm tired of hearing how wonderful it was for Bourque to win the
Cup. He's an example of what's wrong with sports. He requests a
trade just so he can try to win the Stanley Cup. What happened to
trying to win with the team you're on?
MICHAEL BROWN, Tracy, Calif.

I somehow missed Boston fans celebrating when Roger Clemens won
the World Series with the Yankees. Bourque is Benedict Arnold,
not Paul Revere.
ROD BOLGER, New York City

The first thing that came to mind after seeing Bourque holding
the Stanley Cup on the cover of your June 18 issue: Thank God the
hockey season is over.
ANDREW LASSETER, Brea, Calif.

Department of Labor

I agree with most of your solutions regarding NFL training camp
"volunteers" (SCORECARD, June 18). I do not agree with "give
players significant sums of money for attending." Are they not
on yearly salaries (overblown to begin with)? Yes, go back to
the bargaining table, but this time make it mandatory for all
player to attend the sessions.
TOM MATTHEWS, Las Vegas

Rest assured that nearly every unionized facility has your
article posted on its bulletin board. As a 30-year veteran of
manufacturing management, I've spent my career trying to
convince people that we can be trusted to be fair and that they
don't need a union to represent them. The incredibly naive
actions of NFL management has set back these efforts. Their
message is clear: We're in charge, and we'll make you do
whatever we want.
JOE ANTAL, Lewisville, Texas

What's next, players should get paid for interviews? I wouldn't
want a poor NFL player going without his Mercedes simply because
his employer wants him performing at his peak.
MIKE TERRAL, Claremore, Okla.

It's a Small World, After All

I admit I enjoyed Steve Rushin's article on downsizing
sports--until I realized how much I disagree with his position
(Air and Space, June 18). I love sports and I love to be able to
watch them whenever I turn on my TV. If we make sports smaller,
I might have to take up knitting to pass the time.
AARON BLAKE, Eden Prairie, Minn.

In keeping with the theme of Rushin's Let's Get Small, I read
half his column and then went out to play with the kids. We
played ball--no base, basket or foot--simply ball. It was
terrific.
LARRY SIRHALL, Bend, Ore.

Slick Wheels

In the Blotter section of the June 18 edition (Scorecard) you
report that the Shaq SST Expedition marks the first time that an
athlete's name has appeared on an automaker's vehicle. Chevrolet
would have to object to that as it produced a Michael Jordan
edition of its Blazer.
DOUG KOLAR, Oak Forest, Ill.

--There have also been special-edition vehicles offered by
manufacturers or local dealer groups bearing the names of
athletes such as Terry Bradshaw, Mark Donahue, Jack Nicklaus and
Reggie White.--Ed.

Giving Doug His Due

As an Orioles fan of more than 40 years, I was delighted to read
your profile of Doug DeCinces (CATCHING UP WITH, June 18). I was,
however, sorry to be reminded of the treatment he received from
some fans because he had the misfortune to follow Brooks Robinson
at third base. For the record, Doug always publicly handled the
situation with grace.
RAYMOND DANIEL BURKE, Baltimore

COLOR PHOTO: AL TIELEMANS

More about Moises

Thank you for your article on Moises Alou (above) by Jeff
Pearlman (Forget Me Not, June 18). Throughout his career Alou
has been snubbed for MVP awards for the All-Star Game, the
regular season and the postseason. I believe that he's been
overlooked simply because he wasn't the most popular player.
CHARLES KREAFLE, Fort Lauderdale

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