Who Needs the NBA?
A lockout is threatening the NBA season (Held Ball, Oct. 5)? Who cares? The NBA has become a trash sport. It's a slow-paced game of one-on-one isolations that leaves eight guys standing around and results in parades to the free throw line and final scores in the 70's. It's populated by boorish personalities dressed in gaudy uniforms playing on garishly painted floors in a circus-like arena atmosphere. That's what we would miss with a cancellation of games.
RON STAPLETON, Canton, Mich.
Timing Is Everything
Amazing! In a playoff game, Joe Brinkman ejects Indians manager Mike Hargrove, misses a call at home plate and then ejects Cleveland pitcher Doc Gooden. The next day SI has an article about poor umpiring in major league baseball (SCORECARD, Oct. 5).
BILL BLEYLE, Tiffin, Ohio
The Sound of Music
Rick Reilly's article And the Band Fought On was the funniest thing I've ever read (LIFE OF REILLY, Oct. 5). As an alumnus of Clemson's band, I know about band and football rivalries, but I had never heard of anything like this. The only surprise to me was that the piccolos backed off. At Clemson the piccolo section was one of the feistiest.
VIRGINIA HARMON, Gaffney, S.C.
You neglected Paul Molitor's stealing his 500th base and becoming one of only five players to have 500 stolen bases and 3,000 hits.
JASON KUNKE, Tarpon Springs, Fla.