I don't know which is more disturbing about the photo illustrating Richard Hoffer's SCORECARD essay: the flipped car crashing into the stands at the Nationwide DRIVE4COPD 300 or the two spectators in the last row celebrating the crash with their hands in the air as fans in front of them scramble to avoid flying debris.
Paul Forte, Penfield, N.Y.
Not So Accidental
I agree with Hoffer's cynical point of view regarding NASCAR, the one that suggests the governing body's bloodlust is turning stock car racing into a form of orchestrated entertainment much like professional wrestling (SCORECARD). Keeping the cars jumbled in a pack is exactly what NASCAR wants because it increases the likelihood of theatrics on the track. Why else would a car that has already been lapped (in some cases several times) be allowed to run with the leaders at full speed so late in a race, potentially causing a wreck, even though it has no shot of winning?
Clayton Krejci, Mooresville, N.C.
Ozzie Sweet's photo of Billy Martin holding a Coca-Cola bottle (LEADING OFF)—and not an alcoholic beverage—while relaxing with his Yankees teammates in 1957 is truly one of those rare shots for the ages.
Robert Rooks, Brownsville, Tenn.
Money Ain't a Thing
In The Case for Tom Brady (SCORECARD), Peter King describes Brady's restructuring of his contract in order to save the Patriots salary-cap money as something players just don't do. But other players have. For example, shortly after the Giants beat New England in Super Bowl XLVI, Eli Manning allowed New York to restructure his deal in order to free up $7 million in cap space.