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October 26, 1998
Terrell Davis's mother should be the holder of his Super Bowl MVP trophy.—Jeff Martinez, Pueblo, Colo.
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Terrell Davis's mother should be the holder of his Super Bowl MVP trophy.
—Jeff Martinez, Pueblo, Colo.

Object Lesson
I just finished reading Leigh Montville's excellent article on Denver's Terrell Davis (Mama's Boy, Sept. 28). I find myself torn; I don't know whether to cry or applaud. God help us when the Kateree Davises of die world are no longer around to pick up the broken pieces of so many urban families.
Todd Hyde, Phoenix

Though I'm only 15, I'm able to see that Davis is not just an extraordinary athlete but an extraordinary person, too. He worked hard and fought hard to get where he is today, and it brightens my life to hear stories such as his.
Emily Petrosie
Jackson, N.J.

When Davis says an abusive father made him what he is today, a Super Bowl MVP, it sends the message that cruelty to children is not only acceptable but also can benefit them. How can a man who fires bullets over the heads of his children be said to love them? Shooting at your children isn't tough love, it's child abuse.
Matt Larson
Morris, Minn.

As a fan of University of Georgia athletics, I'm growing weary of the football program being slammed each time Terrell Davis is mentioned in your magazine. Davis led the Bulldogs in rushing his final two years. For Davis to say that coach Ray Goff hindered his career isn't true.
David Bell, Loganville, Ga.

I'm as sorry as any track and field fan about Florence Griffith Joyner's unexpected death, but I disagree with your call to "let the whispers fall silent" (LEADING OFF, Sept. 28). If performance-enhancing drugs had something to do with Griffith Joyner's heart seizure, that fact should be shouted, not whispered. Maybe the shouting will wake up those who abuse-drugs, and Griffith Joyner's death won't have been a total waste.
David Ozeroff, San Diego

That a seven-year-old child has to grow up without a mother is exactly why questions should continue to be asked about Flo-Jo and the possible abuse of performance-enhancing drugs.
Barb Gorman, Newmarket, Ont.

All Good Things Must End
I have to disagree with your statement that Cal Ripken Jr. ended The Streak because he had one of the worst seasons by any third baseman this year (LEADING OFF, Sept. 28). I would not call a batting average in the .270s, 163 hits (the most by any third baseman in the American League), 14 home runs and 61 RBIs all that bad. Cal ended The Streak because too much attention was being paid to it and not enough to the team.
Sylvia Taylor, Westminster, Md.

As We Were Saying...
In describing last year's stellar performance by Tennessee running back Jamal Lewis, Tim Layden noted that Lewis had been a "true freshman" {Starlit Night, Sept. 28). What an unhappy coincidence that in the SCORECARD section of the same issue, the editors include in the Wish List an item calling for college football broadcasters to drop that term.
Matt Dobbins, Houston

As a longtime subscriber to SI and fan of Gary Smith, I found the Sept. 21 issue to be indeed special. His first two offerings (The Race Is On and The Mother of All Pearls) were superb, as usual. However, with his article on the Bossards (Diamond Cutters), Smith truly shows his boundless talents. He made a story on groundskeeping—in essence, making and watching grass grow—fun and interesting.
Michael A. Perricone, Copiague, N.Y.

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