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Sept. 08, 2003
Sept. 08, 2003

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Sept. 8, 2003

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Cowboy Bill

This is an article from the Sept. 8, 2003 issue Original Layout

Peter King asks what it will take for Bill Parcells to win in
Dallas (Summer School, Aug. 18). That's easy--Bill Belichick.
Parcells has gone to three Super Bowls with Belichick running his
defense, but he hasn't won diddly without Belichick. Meanwhile,
Belichick won a Super Bowl in his second year as head coach at
New England.
Rich Latimer, Falmouth, Mass.

I'm pleased to see that the Cowboys have returned to their roots:
discipline. With Parcells's attention to detail and teaching
technique, the Cowboys will once again achieve football
superiority.
Edward Robinson Neptune, N.J.

Since Parcells possesses the charm of a hungry grizzly bear, I
wonder why coverage of him this summer is so excessive. Perhaps
as a toxic paternal object he's buried in the psyche of many
American males who are forever trying to please him--and never
can. Get ready for a grumpy Parcells enduring too many Cowboys
disappointments.
Jim Lewis, Notre Dame, Ind.

In an issue that contains a photo of a nude hiker (Scorecard),
one of a U.S. women's water polo player nearly getting her suit
ripped off (Leading Off) and an article on New Jersey's
Speedo-clad lifeguards (This Ain't Baywatch), you managed to
print an even more shocking and distasteful photo: Bill Parcells
in shorts.
Chris Stankis, Kihei, Hawaii

Ted's Remains

I had been planning to write a novel about a troubled man who
decides to destroy his father's legacy after the father's death.
Then I read Tom Verducci's piece about what Ted Williams's
children have done to him (What Really Happened to Ted Williams,
Aug. 18). There's no need for me to write that novel anymore:
Claudia and John Henry have already engaged in cruelty and
callousness that a mere fiction writer like me could never have
dreamed of. I look forward to the day when we can all talk about
Ted Williams's achievements on the baseball field again. I'm
afraid that time is still very far away.
Michael Kun, Marina del Rey, Calif.

The personal attacks on John Henry Williams seem a bit unfounded.
The Ted Williams memorabilia collection is being sold about as
aggressively as it was in the past, when Ted was alive. John
Henry is occupying his time playing fifth-rate ball for below
fifth-rate pay with some notion that it brings him closer to his
father. Sensationalism of the disposition, however poorly
handled, of Williams's remains makes Mr. Verducci and SI the
ghouls, not John Henry Williams.
Brian Ross, Santa Fe

Why is John Henry Williams so interested in preserving his
father's DNA? John Henry was blessed with his father's DNA, and
it obviously didn't do him any good.
James Murray, Schertz, Texas

I knew Ted; he was my uncle. He was never shy about speaking his
mind, and if he had wanted to be frozen, he would have shouted it
loudly and clearly so everyone could hear him, damn it! I've
tried not to take sides in this private family matter, but I'm
proud of Bobby-Jo and Mark for fighting for what they know is
right, and ashamed of the others for turning a great man's life,
and a very private man's death, into a joke.
Ted Williams, Oakland

If medical science is able to someday bring Ted Williams back,
the people at Alcor better go into hiding, because boy, is he
gonna be pissed!
Richard Larkin, Orlando

Kobe's Future

After reading Rick Reilly's essay about what Kobe faces, I was
furious (The Life of Reilly, Aug. 18). Where's the sympathy for
the alleged victim? What does she have to look forward to? Sexual
assault is a horrible crime that does tremendous emotional and
psychological damage. If Kobe is indeed guilty of this crime, he
most certainly deserves whatever penalties the state of Colorado
imposes.
Trina J. Welz, San Antonio

Home Jersey

Thanks for featuring New Jersey in your 50th anniversary series
(Aug. 18). With the Stanley Cup champions and the NBA Eastern
Conference champions, the Jets and the Giants, horse racing's
Hambletonian and Haskell, the nation's premier lifeguard
competitions and Springsteen and Bon Jovi, New Jersey has it
all--plus a SPORTS ILLUSTRATED feature. P.S.: Tell Steve Rushin
that real Irishmen drink their Guinness warm (AIR AND SPACE, Aug.
18).
Gov. James E. McGreevey, Trenton, N.J.

Next time poll South Jersey for your article. The Eagles, Flyers,
Phillies and Sixers rule in the best part of the state.
Bill Gladney, Gibbstown, N.J.

Perhaps the continuing legacy of McCarthyism led you to exclude
New Jersey's greatest athlete, Paul Robeson. At Rutgers, Robeson,
a native of Princeton, was awarded 15 varsity letters in four
sports (football, baseball, basketball and track) and became one
of the first African-American All-Americas in football while also
excelling academically and in the arts. Walter Camp called him a
"a veritable superman." Robeson, a renowned actor, orator and
concert singer, would later be smeared and blackballed by those
who believed the First Amendment did not extend to intelligent
people of color on the left, but that does not in the least
diminish his stature as a role model of the highest order.
Patrick F. McDevitt, Buffalo

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