After 42 years, why couldn't you put Steve Yzerman and the Stanley Cup on your cover instead of Malone and the Manchild?
JAMES C. BENOIT, CHICOPEE, MASS.
The Red Wings were led by an athlete who is a classic sportsman, Steve Yzerman (Crushed, June 16). He has played for Detroit his entire 14-year NHL career, through terrible seasons, injuries and years of playoff frustration Yzerman's dedication to his team and city is rare in this era of bounty-jumping players.
AARON GEISTER, Clio, Mich.
One million fans turned out at the downtown rally and parade to celebrate the Red Wings' Stanley Cup victory. No arrests were made. Perhaps now the rest of the world will see what many of us have known for years—that Detroit is a fun and classy town quite far removed from the violence of years past.
Kudos to Mayor Dennis Archer, the fans and, of course, the Red Wings.
MATTHEW LAURA, Leeds, Mass.
It has been four decades since Detroit last won the Stanley Cup, and the only article SI can write has to do with how poorly Philadelphia played?
JULIE LAUGHLIN, Stevens Point, Wis.
No story on Kevin Mitchell is complete unless it mentions the bare-handed catch he made while playing leftfield for the San Francisco Giants in 1989 (Livin' Large, June 16). As I recall, he overran a long fly ball to leftfield and, his back to the plate, reached up and caught it with his meat hand as it flew over his head. Sadly, this was one of all-too-few highlights in what could have been a spectacular career had it not been for Mitchell's many injuries and his battle of the bulge.
JOHN D. JONES JR., Walpole, Mass.
As a 15-year public school teacher who makes $32,000 annually, I had a hard time seeing any humor in your story on Kevin Mitchell. He symbolizes all that is wrong with big-time American sports and our present-day economy.
Mitchell is an immature, self-indulgent crybaby who makes far too much money. He wastes it on superconsumerism when many in our country want for the basic necessities. In the cities our school buildings are falling down around us, and our ability to deliver even the most fundamental education to our children is languishing. Meanwhile, Mitchell and hundreds like him are buying yet another all-terrain vehicle to drive around city streets.
In America it appears as if the money a person makes (and can squander) is inversely proportional to the value of the services he or she performs.
JODY MARQUARDT, Emporia, Kans.
It's about time the NCAA did something about college crew (SCORECARD, June 16). I was getting really tired of the new cars being given to leading high school coxswains, the scandalous behavior uncovered in rowers' dorms and the oar-shaving scandals. It's comforting to know that the NCAA is doing its usual excellent job of policing college athletics.
KENNETH J. NACHBAR, Hockessin, Del.