Passing The Bucs
If you print one more article or letter about the wondrous feats of the small-payroll Phillies and Twins without referring to the abysmal seasons that the Expos, Pirates, Reds and Royals are having (again), I'm going to cancel my subscription. For Tom Verducci to take issue with Bud Selig's position that baseball suffers from a gross competitive imbalance is laughable.
RYAN BIGGAR, Las Vegas
In the Lions' Den
Finally, the Detroit Lions have a real football man in charge ( Matt Millen, July 16)! Millen may not have any coaching, scouting or front-office experience, but I don't think there's another man who can be compared to him. Not only does he possess Super Bowl rings, but he also has one of the best football minds around.
TIM SCHNEIDER, Swartz Creek, Mich.
I have no doubt that Millen will make the Lions into a formidable team, but to do that he needs to be alive. Hey, Matt, it's time to get a real safety helmet to put on while riding your Harley. I shuddered after seeing the picture of the smiling Millen family and then turning the page to see you wearing that bucket on your head.
MARTIN BLACKMAN, Boston
All the tools Millen has in his woodshop, and it turns out that the best is the one attached to his body. Using a finger to write that "20" in the sawdust seems a very subtle attempt to coax Barry Sanders back into uniform. Good luck, Matt, I hope it works!
MIKE EPPERLY, Santa Maria, Calif.
Small Market Miracle
Highlighting "the ease of player movement" (Bottoms Up, July 16) as a key factor in team turnarounds distracts the reader from the radical philosophy of Minnesota Twins manager Tom Kelly, who believes in making stars rather than buying them and in emphasizing fundamentals and player development. For a nation that wants the best that money can buy for its children but has forgotten the duty of raising them, Kelly's point of view is worth pondering.
RICHARD ANDERSEN, St. Paul
Equal Play? Equal Pay?
Thank you, Rick Reilly (THE LIFE OF REILLY, July 16), for giving credit where credit is long overdue—to the women who play tennis and keep us coming back for more.
LESLIE RUBMAN, Hoboken, N.J.
Of course the women deserve equal (if not, God forbid, better) pay. They play the same game, and according to your statistics, fans would rather watch them play than watch the men. Kudos to the U.S. and Australian Open officials.
G. MARIAN COOPER, Dry Ridge, Ky.
Reilly seems to think that paying women tennis players less prize money in Grand Slam events is a travesty, but until women start playing best-of-five sets instead of best-of-three, they deserve less.
A.J. GARABEDIAN, Horsham, Pa.
While I usually agree with Reilly, his article boohooing the plight of women on the tennis circuit makes me a little queasy. Yes, the women's game is hot now, but there have been plenty of times when the opposite was true, when the women's game consisted of two bona fide players and a bunch of second-raters.
ROBERT M.JENKINS, Helena, Ala.
Another F Word
Goran Ivanisevic calls people ugly and "faggot" 04 Wild Ride, July 16). Your article commends him for his humility and calm under fire. There is something very wrong with this picture.
LINDA GALLOWAY, Sherman Oaks, Calif.