If Jordan wants to leave because of problems with management, then shame on the front office for not repaying him for all he has done for that franchise.
—Rob Del Muro, Greenlawn, N.Y.
Thanks for Rick Reilly's article on what may be the end of the Chicago Bulls dynasty (Last Call? May 11). Reilly brilliantly portrayed the complicated, difficult life of being the most famous athlete on the planet. I applaud Michael Jordan for handling his celebrity like a champion. If this is his last season, I hope some of the NBA's younger stars are taking notes.
Andy Rose, Warwick, R.I.
In 1990 a friend and I were finishing up a workout at a downtown club in Chicago. We had the gym to ourselves. In walks Michael Jordan and his personal trainer. Out of respect, we did not say a word to Jordan but worked out for another hour to be "part of it." I felt that long session for another week and will remember it forever.
Bill Gabriel, Richmond
I was expecting an in-depth article about perhaps the greatest sports dynasty. All I got was another Jordan piece. There was more about Gus Lett than about Phil Jackson, Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman combined.
Sylvester Vaughns, Charlotte
On May 6 the Rangers' Juan Gonzalez showed how true your article on selfish baseball players is (Enough about Me. What Do You Think of My Stats? May 4). Gonzalez hit a line drive off the glove of Chuck Knoblauch of the Yankees. Two Texas runs scored on the play. When Knoblauch was charged with an error, Gonzalez was angered and spent the rest of the game pointing and yelling at the official scorer because he felt he was robbed of a hit and two RBIs. (The scorer later changed his mind and gave Gonzalez a hit.) Whatever happened to being happy that your team scored?
Tim Blum, Macedon, N.Y.
How can Richard Hoffer suggest that Cal Ripken was driven by ego when he broke Lou Gehrig's consecutive game record? That the 1995 season was not Ripken's best, and that on occasion he played with back pain, does not mean he should not have played. Ripken is one of the most selfless and modest athletes in pro sports. His dedication to the game and the fans is something seldom seen today. Sure, I know many people would like to see Ripken quit baseball. They're all Yankees fans.
Anthony Harrington, Blacksburg, Va.
Tony Gwynn is very much a team player. He may have won the National League batting title eight times through excellent individual effort, but he has been quoted as saying that he would trade all those silver bats for a World Series ring.
Fred Engle, Minneapolis
I would like to inform SI and especially Richard Hoffer that, as the pitcher who threw the ball Vic Wertz hit and Willie Mays caught in the 1954 World Series, I didn't say "I got my man" on the mound, as Bob Costas has said I did, or in the dugout, as Hoffer and Ken Burns have said I did. I said it in the clubhouse after the game was over and won. There was no smugness involved. It was a humorous remark made to Giants manager Leo Durocher in front of Mays, who lockered next to me. After pitching to Wertz, I did not return to the dugout. I left the field by walking across the outfield to the Polo Grounds clubhouse, which was located beyond centerfield. As I passed Mays, I said, "That was a hell of a catch."
Donald E. Liddle, Mt. Carmel, Ill.
Free Agent Morris
Poor Bam Morris. He had sleepless nights in jail (Scared Straight, May 4). I'm not sorry he could not sleep. He knew, or should have known, that probation violations would put him in a cell. It must have been tough to go on a Mexican vacation after his release to recover from that stress.
Joel Huenemann, Cary, N.C.
When a high-profile owner such as Art Modell says that someone convicted of carrying five pounds of marijuana is not a bad kid, the NFL is in serious trouble.
Michael Souter, Chicago