In the Lions' Den
Finally, the Detroit Lions have a real football man in charge
(Matt Millen, July 16)! Millen may not have any coaching,
scouting or front-office experience, but I don't think there's
another man who can be compared to him. Not only does he possess
Super Bowl rings, but he also has one of the best football minds
TIM SCHNEIDER, Swartz Creek, Mich.
I have no doubt that Millen will make the Lions into a formidable
team, but to do that he needs to be alive. Hey, Matt, it's time
to get a real safety helmet to put on while riding your Harley. I
shuddered after seeing the picture of the smiling Millen family
and then turning the page to see you wearing that bucket on your
MARTIN BLACKMAN, Boston
All the tools Millen has in his woodshop, and it turns out that
the best is the one attached to his body. Using a finger to write
that "20" in the sawdust seems a very subtle attempt to coax
Barry Sanders back into uniform. Good luck, Matt, I hope it
MIKE EPPERLY, Santa Maria, Calif.
August 19, 2001
Small Market Miracle
Highlighting "the ease of player movement" (Bottoms Up, July 16)
as a key factor in team turnarounds distracts the reader from the
radical philosophy of Minnesota Twins manager Tom Kelly, who
believes in making stars rather than buying them and in
emphasizing fundamentals and player development. For a nation
that wants the best that money can buy for its children but has
forgotten the duty of raising them, Kelly's point of view is
RICHARD ANDERSEN, St. Paul
Equal Play? Equal Pay?
Thank you, Rick Reilly (THE LIFE OF REILLY, July 16), for giving
credit where credit is long overdue--to the women who play tennis
and keep us coming back for more.
LESLIE RUBMAN, Hoboken, N.J.
Of course the women deserve equal (if not, God forbid, better)
pay. They play the same game, and according to your statistics,
fans would rather watch them play than watch the men. Kudos to
the U.S. and Australian Open officials.
G. MARIAN COOPER, Dry Ridge, Ky.
Reilly seems to think that paying women tennis players less prize
money in Grand Slam events is a travesty, but until women start
playing best-of-five sets instead of best-of-three, they deserve
A.J. GARABEDIAN, Horsham, Pa.
While I usually agree with Reilly, his article boohooing the
plight of women on the tennis circuit makes me a little queasy.
Yes, the women's game is hot now, but there have been plenty of
times when the opposite was true, when the women's game consisted
of two bona fide players and a bunch of second-raters.
ROBERT M. JENKINS, Helena, Ala.
Another F Word
Goran Ivanisevic calls people ugly and "faggot" (A Wild Ride,
July 16). Your article commends him for his humility and calm
under fire. There is something very wrong with this picture.
LINDA GALLOWAY, Sherman Oaks, Calif.
Men in Uniform
Steve Rushin's War and Remembrance filled my heart with pride and
brought tears to my eyes (AIR AND SPACE, July 16). As I read the
column, I thought of my grandfather and great-uncles. They
enlisted and interrupted their careers, making enormous
sacrifices in the primes of their lives. Their baseball heroes
became their peers for a brief but never-to-be-forgotten time.
The men of this generation returned to the United States and
resumed their lives without asking for any special recognition.
ROBERT C. HOBBS, Shepherdstown, W.Va.
While I do not want to diminish the heroism and sacrifice that
Rushin wrote about when referring to Joe DiMaggio's war service,
I do want to address one aspect of the baseball exploits of the
old-timers. There is a widely held view that pitching today is
diluted. But what about 1941, the year that DiMaggio had his
56-game hitting streak? Only Caucasians and a few light-skinned
Latin players were allowed to pitch against him, so he never had
to face pitchers who looked like Flash Gordon, Chan Ho Park, Kaz
Sasaki or Pedro Martinez.
CHRIS BLANCHARD, Los Angeles
Passing The Bucs
If you print one more article or letter about the wondrous feats
of the small-payroll Phillies and Twins without referring to the
abysmal seasons that the Expos, Pirates, Reds and Royals are
having (again), I'm going to cancel my subscription. For Tom
Verducci to take issue with Bud Selig's position that baseball
suffers from a gross competitive imbalance is laughable.
RYAN BIGGAR, Las Vegas