Thanks to Rick Reilly for covering an underrated player lost in the shadows of John Elway and Terrell Davis. The story was so good, it made my ears hurt.
—JERRY SPRAGUE, Cape Coral, Fla.
Mile High Motormouth
How can you not love a guy like Broncos tight end Shannon Sharpe (Lip Shtick, Feb. 1)? Should Sharpe's career end today, he will have no trouble finding one in show business.
PATRICIA ZUPPE, Old Bridge, N.J.
After reading Rick Reilly's article about Sharpe and catching my breath, I have only one word to say to Mr. Sharpe: Ssshhhaaaddupp!
CHARLIE CARTER, New Lenox, Ill.
Considering that all Reilly did was transcribe Sharpe's words, crediting him with authorship is like giving a W to a relief pitcher who comes on in the top of the ninth, throws one pitch and then sees his team rally in the bottom of the inning.
NICK RICHARDS, Ossining, N.Y.
Sharpe is the epitome of everything that is wrong with professional sports: He's overpaid, self-centered and doesn't seem able to handle the responsibilities of being an adult.
KEITH BEENE, Murfreesboro, Tenn.
How convenient it is for Sharpe to ignore his parental responsibility by blaming the mothers for his failure to spend more time with his children. Should we believe that each of these women forced him into having unprotected sex?
BOB HURLEY, Milford, Conn.
Sports as Religion
After reading your article on basketball prodigy Tamir Goodman, I reflected upon the pressures that I faced as a high school athlete in electing to observe religious holidays that conflicted with scheduled games (An Unorthodox Player, Feb. 1). One can only imagine the pressure that will be placed on Goodman by fellow players, coaches and fans if Maryland is selected to compete in future NCAA tournaments. The real madness is that it appears some prefer to treat college basketball as a religion in and of itself.
EVAN SHWEKY, New York City
Goodman could be a role model for athletes twice his age. To be able to differentiate between what is truly important and what is simply a game is inspiring.
ARIEL DAVIS, Shaalvim, Israel
How can IOC president Juan Antonio Samaranch plead ignorance to the charges of corruption against International Olympic Committee members (Breaking Point, Feb. 1)? Since the members involved were appointed by Samaranch, he should be held responsible for their conduct. If he didn't know about the corruption, it is a reflection on his leadership. If he did, it is a reflection on his character. In either case, he must go.
MARILOTTE BLOEMEN, Vancouver
Anyone who goes through life insisting that he be addressed as His Excellency should be forced to participate in the Olympic javelin-catching event.
EDWARD N. MOLLER, Needham, Mass.