The De La Hoya-Trinidad fight proved that round-by-round scoring should be posted on a scoreboard for all to see.
—CALVIN B. FULLER, Edwardsville, Ill.
In his article about the Felix Trinidad- Oscar De La Hoya fight, Richard Hoffer says, "It was not a fight that Trinidad won" (Class Dismissed, Sept. 27). You have to give Trinidad credit. He stepped into the ring ready to do anything to win. De La Hoya went in trying not to lose.
EDGAR PALERM, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico
What a joke! I can think of no other sport in which you win and still lose. De La Hoya punished Trinidad for eight of the 12 rounds.
DAVID MACK, Shelby, Ohio
Recipe for Ruin
All of Peter King's theorizing about the weird-ness of the NFL season's first two weeks (Piling On, Sept. 27) seemed to dance around the painful and obvious answer: Free agency and its evil twin the salary cap are immutable levelers of even the most solid organizations. What a treat it is to watch successful franchises slide back into the swamp of mediocrity with the rest of the league. Won't fans and network executives alike be thrilled when those decisive late-season games feature epic, pulse-pounding clashes between 8-7 powerhouses? Free agency, which made the players rich, may ruin the game that's the source of all this prosperity.
TOM HITCHCOCK, Tilghman, Md.
As a lifelong Packers fan, I am disappointed in the cover of your Sept. 27 issue. Why choose the Packers to represent what you consider to be the failure of the NFL's top contenders, especially after only Week 2 of the season? The Green Bay organization has continually made successful transitions after personnel changes. The Packers remain a force.
KEN POWERS, Washington, D.C.
Although alleged purse snatcher and LSU star wide receiver Larry Foster may have " NFL talent," pro scouts should be offering tryouts to the two students who successfully chased him for half a mile (SCORECARD, Sept. 27).
PERRY JACOBS, Mamaroneck, N.Y.
In his coverage of the Miami-Penn State game, Ian Thomsen became so carried away with the delusion that the Nittany Lions were all-powerful that he forgot to mention that for most of the second half, the Hurricanes dominated (INSIDE COLLEGE FOOTBALL, Sept. 27). Penn State didn't win the game. Miami lost it.
ANDREW J. HARALDSON, Atlanta
Quest for Equality
I have a 14-year-old son who is a black hockey player. As a single parent, I have spent many hours in arenas, watching him play. Several times we have struggled with the situations encountered by African-American hockey players and their parents: the nasty names, the stares, the questions. At one point we thought it would be better for him to play a so-called black sport, like basketball or football. Since that time, we have become passionate about hockey. Your article should be required reading for everyone coaching players in youth hockey associations, high schools, colleges and the NHL. My son just wants to be seen as a good hockey player. I hope the comments and pictures of the players in your article helped him and others understand that he is not alone in this wish.
DENISE M. CHAMBLEE, Roseville, Minn.
Anson Carter is entitled to be judged on his stickhandling and bodychecks, not the color of his skin. SI needs to practice what it preaches.
JOHN G. NELSON, Westminster, Colo.
A Case of Color Blindness
I knew that Anson Carter and Grant Fuhr are black (Soul on Ice, Oct. 4). Until I read your article, I had no idea that Donald Brashear (above), Fred Brathwaite, Sean Brown, Jarome Iginla and Peter Worrell are also black. Living in a city where hockey is not prominently televised, I'm often reduced to scanning the box scores to get pertinent information. As a fantasy sports participant, I select players based on performance and talent. Not surprisingly, I have selected every one of the players mentioned in your story at one point in time. Perhaps this is an indication that these guys are finally being recognized for their ability.
CHRIS PARSONS, Cleveland