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April 27, 1998
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Fifty bucks says that within a year well be seeing Kournikova on "Geraldo," sitting between Jennifer Capriati and Oksana Baiul.
Evanston, Ill.

Reilly Writings
Rick Reilly's brilliant weekly musings in THE LIFE OF REILLY are an example of how SI continues to reinvent and improve itself, as well as a constant reminder to me of why I've subscribed since the early 1980s. His Answer to a Young Man's Prayer (March 23) and The Lipinski Who Was Left Behind (March 2) illustrate what is right with sports and why we put up with so much of what is wrong.
DAVID ASHTON, Alameda, Calif.

Reilly consistently brings a unique combination of hilarity and conscience to sports, which seems less and less able to laugh at itself or do the right thing.
DANIEL A. MEISEL, San Francisco

Reilly's column is normally a pleasant break from the usual sports articles, but his piece on Reggie White (Now a Few Words from Reggie's Maker, April 6) crossed the line. White may have crossed the line first with his comments, but Reilly had no right to attempt to grasp what God thinks about White's comments.
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

I just finished Reilly's description of a perfect day (Hey, This Turning 40 Ain't So Bad after All, April 13) for about the eighth time. I cannot recall a more hilarious piece. I don't know how anyone could improve one minute of that day.
DAVE VALZANIA, West Granby, Conn.

Rick, please let me spend your 50th with you.
Owner, Houston Rockets

Reilly's comments indicated an "old" 40 mentality. Face it, Rick, soccer's World Cup will not be canceled. Enjoy many perfect days, but please age graciously.
AL HERSHEY, Elizabethtown, Pa.

Now that Reilly's life has finally begun, I invite him to come to the Prefontaine Classic Grand Prix I track and field meet on Sunday, May 31, in Eugene, Ore. If he does not find it fully worth keeping as part of his perfect day (and perhaps according it more than the two minutes it took to cancel both track and field), I will buy him all the BBQ wings, chili-cheese fries and Guinness he can consume.
TOM JORDAN, Meet Director, Eugene, Ore.

Reilly's Turning 40 is arguably the worst piece of writing I have ever seen in a nationally respected magazine. He seems somewhat sexist and unintelligent, but he probably knows that. I would like to inform him, however, that he is not funny.
JOSH KADIS, Newton, Mass.

I have two statements to make about Reilly's 40th birthday article: Who cares? And what a sexist, macho jerk.
CAROL FAUBERT, Alpharetta, Ga.

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