Someone needs to tell Rasheed Wallace that there is no trophy for most technical fouls.
—NATE SMITH, Aurora, Colo.
Musings about Mario
Michael Farber bought into the Pittsburgh Penguins' linen-and-fine-china image ( League of His Own, March 12). The complaints of Mario Lemieux about the clutch-and-grab goon style practiced by the rest of the NHL are laughable. With past and present teammates such as Gary Rissling, Kevin Stevens, Ulf Samuelsson, Kjell Samuelsson, Rick Tocchet, Darius Kasparaitis, Bob Boughner, Billy Tibbetts and Krzysztof Oliwa, Lemieux is an example of an individual who lives in a glass house throwing stones.
STEVEN A. GAINEY, Bowie, Md.
Years ago my grandmother, a huge hockey fan, said Lemieux was "a big baby" and couldn't hold a candle to Wayne Gretzky. As a good grandson, I too adopted this attitude about Lemieux and was a huge Gretzky fan. Now I feel as if I've missed out! After watching Lemieux play this year, I wish that I had watched every Mario moment from his earlier career.
RYAN FRENCH, Hamilton, Ont.
I have three letters for NHL commissioner Gary Bettman: MHL. Mario's Hockey League.
MIKE TAYLOR, The Woodlands, Texas
Today I got my March 12 issue and noticed an article on the Portland Trail Blazers and their attitude (Internal Combustion). Two hours later I'm watching their game against the San Antonio Spurs, and Rasheed Wallace and Bonzi Wells get ejected. That team may be loaded with talent, but it's also loaded with egos!
ALBERT WHITLOCK, Severna Park, Md.
There are a lot of people who would be happy just to be in the NBA. If Blazer players love basketball, they should work hard and keep their mouths shut about playing time.
JONATHAN BISBING, Hudson, N.H.
Life's Tough Lessons
The tragedy that befell Bryan Berard was lamentable (Blood on the Ice, March 12). The fact that he could forgive Marian Hossa shows great depth of character.
DAVID MALCOLM, Hamilton, Ont.
Until the NHL and its players' union make face masks mandatory, it is only a matter of time until another young, gifted player suffers the same misfortune.
DAVID RITCHIE, Toronto
I hope Berard can take comfort in the fact that after reading about his accident, I put my shield back on my helmet.
JIM STEIN, Pacific Palisades, Calif.
We've found a sports star in Berard who's worthy of the tide role model. For those who think there's nothing to learn from a 24-year-old, this story is required reading. Hossa's remorse and heartfelt concern for Berard is also cause for notice.
GREG VINSON, Singapore