Time to Move On
Enough! You have taken a great story about the football team at Columbine High and tarnished it (SCORECARD, Dec. 13). The article Jocks Stand Up should have been a celebration of a team's overcoming adversity to win a state championship, not another gruesome reminder of youth gone bad. The spirit and intent of the article should have reflected the success achieved by a group of hardworking, disciplined young men. Instead, the article was tainted by the names of those responsible for last spring's inexcusable assault on innocent people.
ROBB COLYER, Cedar Knolls, N.J.
Shawn Green is just another athlete who uses religion to mask his own greed. Are you trying to tell me that in five years in Toronto he failed to notice one of the most significant and vibrant Jewish communities in North America? Give us a break, Shawn.
JOHN CHICK, Toronto
Green turned down an obscenely generous contract extension with the Blue Jays, the team that brought him up through its organization. He therefore forced a trade so he could sign an even more obscene contract with the Dodgers. Jewish? That's nice. Talented? Sure. Greedy and selfish? You bet! Hero? Not even close.
JEFF LITTLE, Mississauga, Ont.
Too bad Green didn't end up with Anaheim, since his thinly veiled attempt to move closer to home would have put him where he apparently lives: Fantasyland.
LEE MEROVITZ, Toronto
I would love to invite Green to visit our synagogue, but what I really want is to introduce him to my two single daughters.
Reading about Green makes me ponder the most serious of conversions: rooting for the Dodgers.
MARK WEISS, Palo Alto, Calif.
No Fan of Felix
Your coverage of Felix Baumgartner's jumping off the 125-foot-high statue of Jesus in Rio is appalling (SCORECARD, Dec. 13). He is an egotistical fool with a passport, not a sportsman—a spoiled brat who runs and hides.
JIM PRIMOCK, Boulder, Colo.
Blowing Kisses to Barkley
I want to thank Jackie MacMullan for the story on Charles Barkley (Sir Charles, Dec. 20). As an avid fan, I'd rarely seen an article that dealt with topics other than his outlandish comments and his amazing rebounding. For the first time I was able to read about Barkley in a way that made me realize he was more than an athlete. To write about the mistakes Barkley made and his regrets about committing them puts his character in focus.
JEFFREY CRETZ, Beijing
I can think of only two words in response to your amazing story on the friendship between Charles Barkley and Michael Jordan: wow and thanks!
JEFF KRUM, Highland Park, N.J.
It is refreshing in these competitive times that there are athletes who have not let their fame get in the way of friendship. Even a macho man like Sir Charles makes the world a better place when he tells you he relies on a friend like Michael Jordan.
RUSSELL TAYLOR, Columbia, Md.