Letters

November 17, 2003

Ragin' Rookies

You are now the leading purveyors of the LeBron James media
frenzy (You Gotta Carry That Weight, Oct. 27). Enough. Isn't it
possible that you are backing the wrong horse? My money is on
Carmelo Anthony of the lowly Denver Nuggets, who, while only a
freshman, led Syracuse to the NCAA title and whose team defeated
James's Cavaliers in their first meeting. That year of experience
at the highest level of college competition should serve Anthony
well. In addition to all his basketball tools, he also has an
infectious smile.
Blair McFarlane, Leesburg, Fla.

What a cop-out to put LeBron in a pose that obscures his tattoos.
Are you scared you'll offend the same subscribers who were
outraged by the photos of a tat-strewn Allen Iverson (Mama's
Boys, April 23, 2001)? The basketball gods of the '80s--Dr. J,
Magic and Bird--are gone. Let the stars of today be who they are.
Ryan Schriner, Chicago

...And Old Pros

I got a big laugh out of your story on Scottie Pippen's return to
the Chicago Bulls (How To: Leave on Your Own Terms, Oct. 27). He
said, "My job is to show them how to be professionals and get
them to play hard every night." This was coming from a guy who
signed a contract and then cried for three years about
management's not wanting to renegotiate it. Then there was that
infamous playoff game in which, when the final play was drawn up
and he wasn't the person designated to take the last shot, he
suddenly refused to go onto the floor. What exactly does he think
he can teach the younger Bulls players? How to whine? How to
bellyache?
Ronald Yohn
Mishawaka, Ind.

I was intrigued by the photo of the Los Angeles Lakers' Gary
Payton on page 101 of the NBA Preview Issue (SCOUTING REPORTS,
Oct. 27). The photo is meant to lionize Payton, yet it clearly
shows him hooking the defender with his left arm. Thanks for
demonstrating the disparity between the rules in the book and the
rules on the floor of an NBA game.
Kevin Kincare, Lansing, Mich.

Going Deep

It is apparent from the SCORECARD (Oct. 27) note on freediver
Francisco Ferreras that the lessons of his wife's death have gone
unlearned (The Rapture of the Deep, June 16). His arrogant
disregard for basic safety procedures and checks has lost him
another associate, but at least this one didn't die and the life
that was put at risk was Ferreras's own.
William C. McDill, Novato, Calif.

War Games

I thoroughly enjoyed Rick Reilly's piece on the American GI's
Field Afar in Iraq (THE LIFE OF REILLY, Oct. 27). But why are
these brave men--who are risking their lives for us--forced to
play baseball, their only real escape from the atrocities of war,
with almost laughable equipment? They don't have a baseball, for
Pete's sake! Can't MLB, or anybody else, afford to donate a few
balls and a bat or two to these guys? I'm only 13, so I can't do
much about it myself, but how can we let this happen?
Ray Bohuslav, San Antonio

--Various ways to contribute to U.S. servicemen's and women's
quality of life while they serve overseas can be found on the
Department of Defense's website:
http://www.defenselink.mil/faq/.
--ED.

Et tu, Reilly? Caesar's words sprang to mind as I reeled from
Reilly's stab through my heart when he turned a story of American
servicemen's spirit into another blast at the Bush
Administration's foreign policy. Why'd ya do it, Rick? You can't
figure out how the war started? Maybe the Iraqi athletes who
enjoyed Uday Hussein's unique form of motivation (Son of Saddam,
March 24) can fill you in.
Suzie Reynolds, Sutter Creek, Calif.

Aloha

Al Michaels certainly merited inclusion in your WHO & WHERE in
Hawaii sports (Sports in America, Oct. 27), but another
broadcaster who deserved mention and didn't get it was Harry
Kalas. He's been broadcasting Phillies games for 32 years; in
2002 he was honored with the Baseball Hall of Fame's Ford C.
Frick Award; and he is the voice of NFL Films. After being
stationed in Hawaii for two years while in the Army, Kalas got
his start in the 1960s as sports director for KGU radio in
Honolulu, announcing games for the University of Hawaii and the
Hawaii Islanders of the Pacific Coast League.
James Uratani, San Jose

COLOR PHOTO: WALTER IOOSS JR. (COVER) COLOR PHOTO: PAUL STEPHEN/THE EXPONENT TELEGRAM/AP (QUINCY WILSON) BEAR CUB Otis's Quincy (right) tears up the turf for West Virginia.
COLOR PHOTO: HEINZ KLUETMEIER (OTIS WILSON) [See caption above]

Football Family

How could you overlook West Virginia's Quincy Wilson in your list
of prominent sons of NFL fathers (INSIDE COLLEGE FOOTBALL, Oct.
27)? Aside from turning in a spectacular touchdown run against
then second-ranked Miami and 178 yards against then third-ranked
Virginia Tech, Wilson--the son of former Chicago Bears linebacker
Otis Wilson--is among the nation's leaders in rushing (No. 14
with 113.11 yards per game).
Jon Hammond, New York City

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