I'll explain Einstein's theory of relativity if you can explain how a story on roller coasters gets into a sports magazine.
—VINCE LAMARCA, Oviedo, Fla.
Barry's Shiftiest Move
I've always admired Barry Sanders because he let his superb moves do his talking (Out Like a Lamb, Aug. 9). If his desire to retire was genuine, then he should have walked away with his head up, but instead he chose to blame his coach, the Lions and the hassling over his $36 million contract. The whining tarnished his brilliant career.
JAMES LOCKWOOD, Marysville, Ohio
Why do people want to canonize Sanders? He had to know the Lions were not Super Bowl contenders when he re-signed with them two years ago. Frustrated with losing, he failed to respond to his coach's calls and delayed his retirement announcement until all the desirable free-agent running backs were signed by other teams. He may have been a great running back, but he betrayed his franchise, his teammates and his fans.
DAVID MOORE, Baton Rouge
The only thing worse for the NFL than Barry Sanders's retiring would be if he came back next year with Master P representing him.
TROY LEECH, Normal, Ill.
Seat Belts, Please
I had just returned from Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Va., when I opened my issue of SI and saw the article on roller coasters (High Rollers, Aug. 9). I experienced the same feeling reading Steve Rushin's story that I got riding Apollo's Chariot, Loch Ness Monster and Big Bad Wolf. From the first time I rode a roller coaster, at the old Palisades Amusement Park in New Jersey, I was hooked, and now my mission is to ride as many of Rich Rodriguez's top 10 as possible.
ELLIOT GALDY, Durham, N.C.
Too bad Rushin didn't mention the new coaster Cedar Point is building for its 2000 season: 310 feet tall, 80 degree drop, estimated 92 mph. Repeat after me: YEEE-haaa!
DAVE AND TYLER PRASHAW, Massena, N.Y.
Ricky's Risky Business
Thanks to Rick Reilly for having the guts to write about the stupid contract Ricky Williams signed with the New Orleans Saints (THE LIFE OF REILLY, Aug. 9). I wonder if Williams filed a police report after he signed the deal, because he surely got robbed. They probably took his wallet too.
EZRA DAVID TAFESSE, Tucson
Reilly should commend Williams for having the integrity to sign a contract that will pay him based on performance. If more athletes were that unselfish, maybe more people would be able to afford to go to a pro sporting event.
TRACY BLOOM, Santa Monica, Calif.
How can SI criticize athletes who demand outrageous salaries before they even step onto the field as a pro (like J.D. Drew) and then belittle Williams because he signed a contract that will pay him big-time bucks only if he becomes a big-time performer?
CHAD MORROW, Harvey, La.
This kid is going to earn his money by becoming one of the best running backs in the league, period.
STEVE ALBANESE, Strongsville, Ohio