Joe Montana's legendary play speaks for itself, but equally appealing is his gracious demeanor.
BETH DOCKINS, NEW PALESTINE, IND.
My brother-in-law once told me that football was never the same for him after Larry Csonka retired. At the time I didn't understand. Now that Joe Montana has retired, I understand completely (All Hail the King, April 24). I have had the pleasure of cheering for Montana since his days at Notre Dame. It was exciting to see him carve up defenses on his way into the record books. I'll miss him. To me he'll always be the Roy Hobbs of the NFL, the best there ever was.
ELLEN GUADAGNINO, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
While Montana spent most of his fabulous career on the West Coast, it pained some of us here in the heartland that there were no pictures of Joe in a Kansas City uniform. He did, after all, retire as a Chief.
WILLIAM C. DAVIS, Edgerton, Kans.
I couldn't help noticing that your story on Joe Montana began on page 16. Coincidence?
MICHAEL T. KELLEY, Columbus, Ohio
Your article about Joe Dumars and Grant Hill (Wise Guys, April 24) should be required reading for all the overpaid, obnoxious newcomers to pro basketball. In a sport in which gentlemen are a dying breed, these two show what basketball is really about. A couple hundred more guys like Dumars and Hill and we will have the game back where it belongs.
BOB HAYES, Greenville, S.C.
Leigh Montville's article about Boston Garden expressed the feelings of both players and fans in Boston (Green Ghosts, April 17). No other sports facility has the personality of the Old Lady of Causeway Street. Nothing can compare with the feeling you get looking up at the championship banners and the uniform numbers of retired players hanging from the peeling, chipped, rusty old rafters. Boston Garden is not only a sports arena but also a piece of American history.
SCOTT MOQUIN, Peabody, Mass.
When I was a youngster, I rode the MBTA with my mom and brother to the Garden for Celtic Picture Night. On that evening I posed next to my heroes, Cowens, Havlicek, Chaney, etc., but an even bigger thrill for me was standing, for only a moment, on the parquet floor. Last month, some 20 years later, I was given a front-row ticket and once again walked on the world's most famous basketball court, hoping the game would never end. I am sure that memory will stay with me forever.
BRIAN SNERSON, New York City
I have been going to Celtic and Bruin games and other sports events at the Garden for years, and I never really noticed the small seats, smelly restrooms and inadequate food facilities until three years ago when I visited Miami Arena. With plush seats, live music and a wide selection of food, Miami Arena provided a whole new way to watch a basketball game. I welcomed the idea of a new Garden to show off to the rest of the sports world.
Then I read your article. My sentiments have changed again. I want the Celtics back to what they were. I want the inconveniences. I want the glory days of Russell, Cousy and Bird to live on forever.
STEVEN ROSEN, Burlington, Vt.
One must not forget that the stage for Russell, Cousy, Havlicek, Cowens, Bird and Auerbach is also the home of Eddie Shore, Frank Brimsek, Bobby Orr, Phil Esposito, Ray Bourque and Cam Neely. What memories there are in 28 consecutive playoff appearances!
MARC E. PLANTE, Bremerton, Wash.