Yin and Yang
Thank you Melissa Lehman for saying what all of us are feeling (MY SHOT, Oct. 25). Tom should not have to apologize to anyone for his and the other Americans' jubilation. I believe that if the shoe were on the other foot, the Europeans would have reacted in the same manner. If the Europeans are going to act as if we Americans are a bunch of backwoods hooligans, maybe they should not come to the U.S. and collect those big bucks.
JIM FYFE, Waynesville, N.C
I don't know which was more nauseating: Melissa Lehman's self-serving column or the photograph of her leading the charge of the ugly Americans. Until she has been spat upon by European fans as was the European captain's wife by American fans, she should not be so anxious to call this a finish worthy of a Hollywood script.
STUART DARLING, Palm Desert, Calif.
How can you pick the Bruins to go to the Stanley Cup finals (SCOUTING REPORTS, Oct. 4)? There isn't a team in the NHL that could lose its top goal scorer (in Boston's case, Dmitri Khristich) and not have its top goalie ( Byron Dafoe) signed before the season started that could reach that goal. The Bruins will be lucky to make the playoffs.
IAN WOOD, Manchester, Mass.
You think the Maple Leafs have the No. 1 offense and No. 2 goaltender in the NHL, but you still rank them 14th overall, behind the Flyers and the Penguins (both of whom where eliminated by Toronto in last year's playoffs) and the Mighty Ducks? Who needs a power play when you score more goals than any other team in the league?
MARK LLOYD, Indianapolis
I am glad to see Brad Johnson excel with the Redskins (Over the Top, Oct. 4). I'm a die-hard Vikings fan, but I thought Minnesota made a mistake trading him and sticking with Randall Cunningham. Though Cunningham was super last season, I just didn't think he could do it again. Some say the Vikings made a good move because they were able to draft Daunte Culpepper with the pick they obtained from Washington. I still think the Vikings would have benefited more from having Johnson.
PHILIP REITER, Elgin, Minn.
Hooray for Harold
I am thrilled to see someone finally recognize the achievement of Harold Baines (SCORECARD, Oct. 11). Three thousand hits may be a magic milestone, but no eligible player with as many as the 2,783 hits Baines has accumulated has failed to gain election to the Baseball Hall of Fame. You acknowledged his home runs but failed to mention his 1,583 runs batted in, which ties him for 27th on the alltime list. Only one eligible player with more RBIs ( Tony Perez) has not been selected for the Hall. The DH has been part of baseball for more than 25 years. Paul Molitor didn't play defense in the latter part of his career, and Roger Clemens never plays offense. No one doubts their Hall of Fame r�sum�s. Baines played more than 1,000 games in the outfield with a fielding percentage of .978, which would place him sixth among the 21 rightfielders now in the Hall of Fame.
JIM WILLIAMSON, Massapequa, N.Y.