Letters

May 05, 2002

The Brady Bunch

Several years ago, while playing football at Michigan, Tom Brady
(Cool Customer, April 15) was a mentor to the fourth grade class
I teach. He was the most unselfish, pleasant and hardworking
young man you could ask for. At a time when there is so much
cynicism in sports, Tom is a positive role model for the NCAA,
the Wolverines and the NFL. The children and staff at Eberwhite
Elementary in Ann Arbor are proud of him and wish him the best.
SHARON H. GREELY, Ann Arbor, Mich.

When did SPORTS ILLUSTRATED become PEOPLE magazine? I'm rooting
for Brady to become a superstar of substance, but the shirtless
cover pic is already lining my birdcage.
MIKE MAY, Indianapolis

Wow! Your cover had two athletes from different sports--Tom Brady
and Barry Bonds--who graduated from the same high school. I hope
Junipero Serra High School (San Mateo, Calif.) isn't jinxed for
the next decade.
BOB KITTLE
Crowley Lake, Calif.

Behind Bars

The public is quickly tiring of famous people who can't clean up
their own lives but tell everyone else how to make the world a
better place. Jim Brown (Prisoner of Conscience, April 15) should
start working on the concept of personal responsibility before he
sounds off about social issues.
MATTHEW D. CULBERTSON
New Cumberland, Pa.

In a few short pages your jailhouse interview with Brown exposed
depths in the man that may have been previously hidden by some of
his other qualities. Brown hits as hard in the ethical and
philosophical arenas as he did on the athletic field.
MARK D. GRABINER, Chicago

How refreshing, after Charles Barkley's narcissistic posturing a
few issues ago, to read of Brown's obviously genuine dedication
to the plight of inner-city black youth and his lamentations that
today's megarich black athletes show so little real interest in
doing anything about it.
RICHARD BOYCE, San Francisco

I don't know Brown, but I've had an anger problem, and his
saying, "I'll probably continue to have anger. I just have to not
strike out at anyone ever again," is like a drunk's saying he can
imbibe in moderation. It's a plan destined for failure.
JEFFREY FORD, St. Louis

Bravo, Alessandro

As a fan of Alex Zanardi (After the Miracle, April 15), I was
brought to tears by your recent article on Alex's crash and
recovery. I'm heartened to see that his zest for living helps him
now as he gets on with life and enjoys his family. My only
complaint with your article is the picture of the crash, as
graphic a photo of a racing crash as I've ever seen.
MICHAEL S. GREENE, Elkhart, Ind.

Congrats on your superb article about Zanardi. Thanks to the fine
work of William Nack, my opinion of Alex is even higher than it
was before his accident. Adversity has brought out his finest
qualities.
ED SANTANGELO
Babylon, N.Y.

Phil Phanatics

Rick Reilly hit the nail on the head again. I don't care if Phil
Mickelson (THE LIFE OF REILLY, April 15) ever wins a major. I'll
take his guts and penchant for the dramatic anytime.
DAN BALLOU, Albuquerque

Mickelson is even more exciting and rewarding to watch than
Tiger--or any other player in the world. Phil takes all sorts of
risks, frequently screws up, doesn't have the personal-trainer
body that so many of the other top guys do and says what he's
feeling (for better or worse) rather than hide behind bland,
impersonal corporate-speak. Mickelson's my kind of guy.
MARK D. JOHNSON, Tahoe City, Calif.

Gopher Glory

The Frozen Four (The Wait Is Over, April 15) featured some
excellent hockey games. It's too bad that Michael Farber's
preoccupation with Grant Potulny's hometown clouded his writing.
This is one Minnesota hockey "snob" who will not let Farber's
comments dull the shine of the Gophers' national championship.
TAMARA ROOT, Oakdale, Minn.

Thanks for the honest evaluation of the officiating in the NCAA
championship game. I was there and could see early on that the
officials had it in for Maine. It became especially evident in
the overtime. Too bad that the NCAA didn't do a better job of
making sure that the game would be called fairly. Fortunately for
unbiased fans, the Black Bears still made a game out of it.
RICK SCHURMAN, Mosinee, Wis.

Was this one of those find-the-hidden-meaning articles? People
from Minnesota are snobs? I was left wondering what the article
was even about. Mr. Farber, let me get this straight, was it a
good thing or bad thing that the Gophers won the NCAA
championship?
BILL COMBS, Lino Lakes, Minn.

Unamused

While I appreciate your attempt to make fun of the long-standing
Red Sox-Yankees rivalry and am aware of your excellent response
to the tragedies of Sept. 11, I was still quite saddened by your
poor joke about Bosox fans' wanting to "blow up Yankee Stadium"
in this week's SCORECARD (April 15). We shouldn't lose our
ability to laugh at sports, but the thought of New York City
landmarks' being destroyed, no matter how tongue in cheek, just
isn't that funny anymore.
JOHN SAROFF, New York City

COLOR PHOTOMONTAGE: BRIAN LANKER (BRADY); JOHN BIEVER (BACKGROUND); V.J. LOVERO (BONDS)

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