Letters

September 28, 2003

TROJAN HOARSE

I was disappointed that the cover of your Sept. 8 issue once
again gave all the glory to Ohio State (Let's Play, Sept. 8). The
most impressive performance at the beginning of this college
football season was USC's 23-0 domination of highly ranked
Auburn. Cover recognition of the Trojans as one of the best teams
in the country is long overdue.
ROBERT W. PHILLIPS San Francisco

AT THE BOTTOM

Thank you for Prisoners of Depression (Sept. 8). Having suffered
from bipolar disorder since I was eight-years-old (I am now 53),
I know what the people you wrote about have gone through.
Hopefully, your article will wake up some people as to how
devastating the problem can be, and those who suffer from it will
get some help. Thanks to you, my husband now better understands
my condition.
JUDITH F. CROOKS, San Antonio

I was dismayed to see your article on the supposed success of
antidepression pills with athletes. You failed to print the legal
jargon telling us of the potentially horrendous side effects of
these drugs. You also omitted the well-documented incidents of
children and adults committing harrowing acts while their minds
are altered by these drugs. If you are going to report on a
subject as controversial as psychiatry or psychology, please
cover both sides of the story.
JESSE REISS, Los Angeles

Congratulations on L. Jon Wertheim's article on depression. It
will save some careers and probably some lives.
MARIAN GREEN, Marion, S.C.

HE LOOKS GOOD IN SHORTS

As a female employee of a WNBA team, it was refreshing to read
Steve Rushin's I Feel Like a Piece of Cheesecake (Air and Space,
Sept. 8). My husband of five months has recently experienced his
first summer of WNBA excitement. Although he can't be found
sporting Phoenix Mercury shorts while playing flag football, he
can fully relate to Steve's experiences of following his wife
around the country. Best of luck to both Steve and Rebecca on
their new marriage. By the way, shouldn't Steve's byline have
read STEVE RUSHIN-LOBO?
TAMI NEALY, Chandler, Ariz.

AXED IN INDIANA

Jack McCallum feels that Isiah Thomas did a good job, going
131-115 over the last three years, and bemoans his fate
(Scorecard, Sept. 8). However, Thomas took over a team that had
gone 147-67 over the three years before his arrival. Furthermore,
Thomas's teams lost in the first round of the playoffs in three
consecutive years, while in the three years before he took over,
Indiana made it to the Eastern Conference finals twice and the
NBA Finals once. I'd say the only question is why Indiana waited
so long to fire Isiah.
GEORGE PADOLL, Fort Myers, Fla.

THE ENEMY OF MY ENEMY

Although I am a die-hard New York Mets fan, I have to agree with
Charles P. Pierce that the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry is the game's
best (A Whale of a Weekend, Sept. 8). I always tune in to root
for a Yankees loss. There'd be nothing better than to see Boston
knock the $150 million dynasty out of first place, not to mention
that we Mets fans owe the Red Sox some support for that 1986 gift
from Bill Buckner.
MIKE MERY, Ossining, N.Y.

SONGS IN THE KEY OF STRIFE

After reading Rick Reilly's article on celebrity singers at
Wrigley Field (THE LIFE OF REILLY, Sept. 8), I believe the Cubs'
marketing department need look no further for its next celebrity
singer. How about it, Rick?
JEFF APPELGATE, Prosser, Wash.

The Cubs may never win a World Series, and they may never get
back to the playoffs, but I will still love them. The only thing
that will make me not love the Cubs is if they allow Ozzy to sing
again.
TREY HOSFORD, Lake City, Fla.

I got the chance to attend a Cubs game when Harry Caray was still
around to lead the seventh-inning stretch, and everybody in the
park had a great time singing with him. The game went into extra
innings--all the way to the 14th--and I remember wondering
whether Harry would lead a second sing-along. When the top of the
inning ended, almost everyone still there (it was after midnight
on a Sunday) stood up and turned toward the press box. Harry,
though, was nowhere to be seen. I assumed it was way past his
bedtime. After a few seconds folks started singing anyway, and
pretty soon the whole place was having an even better time
singing Take Me Out ... Part 2. I don't remember whom the Cubs
were playing, much less who won, but I do remember getting a
whole new sense of what it means for baseball to be our national
pastime.
STEVE ENGELHARDT, Lawrenceburg, Ind.

I enjoyed your most amusing take on the more Pyrrhic-than-lyric
renditions of Take Me Out to the Ballgame. It appears that Ozzy
Osbourne finally bit off more than he could chew.
ABBOTT KATZ, Kew Gardens, N.Y.

COLOR PHOTO: AL TIELEMANS (COVER) COLOR PHOTO: JONATHAN DANIEL/GETTY IMAGES MUSIC COARSE Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne weren't a hit with Cubs fans.

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