Your article on the Vecsey brothers shows that putting ego, money and self-promotion ahead of family is not restricted to the millionaire athletes they cover.
—CHRIS MANCUSO, Philadelphia
S.L. Price's article on the Vecsey brothers showed each brother in the correct light (Oh, Brother, June 8). Both are respectable journalists, but I think it is childish that the two cannot embrace each other, since their work and bloodline should bring them together. Thanks for a great article.
AARON MEYERS, Baltimore
Last fall I contacted George Vecsey via E-mail, hoping he could help me find tickets to an Italian League soccer match in Florence. He responded at length, giving me the name of a colleague in Italy. After a quick phone call once I arrived, tickets (that I paid for) were waiting for me at the box office. This was the action of a rather special newspaper person. I doubt I would have gotten the same response for hoops tickets from Peter.
DAN BALSER, Brooklyn
Peter Vecsey does a good job at covering the human interest stories and the personal lives of NBA personnel. But how much knowledge does he have of basketball as a game? He's a classic example of a lot of fluff and no substance. I would rather listen to the expertise of Matt Goukas or Bill Walton.
RICH MCCUE, Tampa
Peter Vecsey has the heart every sportswriter envies.
JOE PARKER, Hobart, Ind.
Let me get this straight: Peter Vecsey is handed a job by his father and then uses his position to get into fistfights with subjects who object to his style? Vecsey's actions are disgusting to every scrub sportswriter who doesn't have the kind of connections Vecsey had.
CURTIS ZUPKE, Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.
What Was He Thinking?
In the July 23, 1944, game in which he had a batter intentionally walked with the bases loaded, Mel Ott may have had more than strategy in mind (INSIDE BASEBALL, June 8). Ott was the player-manager of the New York Giants and was locked in a fight with the Chicago Cubs' Bill Nicholson, the player whom he ordered walked, for the National League home run lead. Nicholson's four home runs in that day's doubleheader had moved him into a tie with Ott for the lead with 23. Ultimately Nicholson pulled away from Ott and finished with 33 homers. Ott was second at 26.
JOE MARZIOTTI, Sugar Land, Texas
I marvel at Troy Aikman's statement (The Long Road Back, June 8) about new Dallas Cowboys coach Chan Gailey: "I really think he'll be here 15 or 20 years because he's the type of person this organization can be proud of." With Jerry Jones at the helm? I don't think so. If Jones doesn't see his Cowboys in the Super Bowl or at least deep in the playoffs next January, Gailey's head will roll like a bowling ball.
ANNE H. RIBERDY, Warminster, Pa.
State of the NHL
The Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings play six entertaining, bone-jarring games against the Dallas Stars in the Western Conference finals, and you respond with five pages on what's wrong with hockey (Is Anyone Watching? June 15). The sport looks just fine to me.
GREG BACH, Wellington, Fla.
The use of Fox's glowing puck as an "honest effort" to meet the need of the 38% of viewers having trouble following tire puck has not only failed to attract new eyeballs, but also has lost many of the 59% of the viewers who were not having difficulty.
HARVEY LEVINE, Bronx, N.Y.