I have shared a walk down a fairway with my son on a clear evening at sunset and have stood at the top of a steep pitch of moguls and heard my kids say to me, "Let's do it." Reilly captures those magical moments like nobody else. That's why I always read SI starting with the back page.
BILLY SHUSTER, Toronto
I think we're here to watch Kirk Gibson limp to the batter's box in pain and then circle the bases feeling none. We're here to watch Michael Jordan torch our beloved Pistons for 50. We're here to call our dad after watching Tiger Woods embrace Earl at the Masters. We're here to chase the dream. If we're lucky, we're here to tell our kids why we're here.
JOE DELROSARIO JR., Edgewater, N.J.
We're here to read THE LIFE OF REILLY each week.
BILL ALBRECHT, Kennett Square, Pa.
Picking Bell Was No Blunder
I am disappointed with John O'Keefe's CATCHING UP WITH...on John McKay in the April 26 issue. O'Keefe refers to the drafting of Ricky Bell (above) by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1977 as a "blunder" because Tony Dorsett was also available. What O'Keefe fails to mention was that Bell, an All-America at USC, contracted dermatomyositis and polymyositis, which cut his NFL career short in '83 and later cost him his life. In '79 Bell rushed for 1,263 yards (156 more than Dorsett gained that season), scored nine touchdowns and led the Bucs to their first and only NFC Championship Game. He was anything but a blunder.
ROBERT TWOMEY, Orlando