We hear about Deion's jewelry and his swagger, but not about his hard work and knowledge.
TIM SALACH, DYER, IND.
Place Your Bets
In response to your Oct. 9 cover question regarding Deion Sanders, "Why Is This Man Worth $35 Million?" I have a simple response: He isn't. However, as a Dallas Cowboy fan, I say to our newest superstar, prove me wrong.
RYAN BLETH, Fargo, N.Dak.
Why is this man worth $35 million? Because somebody is willing to pay it. Well, at least the guy can play. What really gall me are the .220 hitters, losing pitchers and obvious underachievers raking in millions.
DAVID F. QUERY, St. Petersburg, Fla.
Is Deion Sanders worth $35 million? Are his flamboyance and flashiness too much to stomach? Whether you like him or not, the guy is a two-sport pro who excels in both baseball and football. He makes everyone around him a better player. He's a winner, and he knows it. Dallas fans will be glad this guy is a Cowboy come January.
CHRIS GIBSON, High Point, N.C.
There's no disputing that Deion Sanders is a wonderful athlete (Lord of the Realm, Oct. 9), but the problems he encounters with the fans, the media and his peers are created by his own behavior—always unique, mostly childish. Look no further than last season's confrontation with former teammate Andre Rison. In mentioning Rison's catch total for the day and offering the caveat that "two of the receptions came after Sanders pulled a groin muscle and was forced to sit out," John Ed Bradley conveniently ignores the fact that the injury was the result of Sanders's high-stepping back an interception in front of the Falcon bench.
HUNTER WALK, Cincinnati
It was refreshing to read a positive commentary on the best cornerback in NFL history. Sanders's rare combination of intelligence, hard work and athleticism make him a pleasure to watch. Deion may be flashy, but no one can deny his greatness.
JAFAR HASAN, Lexington, Ky.
Tom Verducci's POINT AFTER (Oct. 16) is an indication of how unstable our society has become. Drunken and violent behavior in the stands? Get a grip, America, sports should be a great diversion from the real world. People who feel that no rules apply to them are making the family event disappear.
JEREMY KAHN, Olney, Md.
Hoop It Up
I was disappointed that you failed to consider several key factors indicating that a women's pro basketball league will be successful in the U.S. (SCORECARD, Oct. 9). Particularly in the last five years, media coverage, sponsorship and attendance have increased dramatically. Some women's college teams outdraw their men's teams, and the 1996 NCAA Women's Final Four in Charlotte has already sold out. People want to watch college stars excel at the next level, and they want to take their kids to a pro league with positive role models.
CHRISTY HEDGPETH, Menlo Park, Calif.
The Lowdown on Lolich
In comparing Seattle Mariner pitcher Randy Johnson's postseason performance with those of Orel Hershiser in 1988 and Sandy Koufax in '65 (5 Days of Hardball, Oct. 16), you failed to mention Mickey Lolich. In the 1968 World Series, Lolich (below, pitching in Game 2) threw three complete-game victories for the Detroit Tigers against the St. Louis Cardinals, including a 4-1 win in a Game 7 duel against Bob Gibson. Lolich, the '68 World Series MVP, is also the last pitcher to win three games in a World Series. Counting his 17 regular-season wins, he got 20 the hard way.
SCOTT MICALLEF, Dearborn, Mich.