What are all these stories about golfers, Michael Jordan, Michigan State basketball, etc., doing in my copy of "True Crimes and Confessions?"
—ROBERT H. SEALS, Carson City, Mich.
Yin and Yang
The Feb. 14 issue vividly illustrated everything that is right and wrong with sports nowadays. Right: His Airness returning to the sport he excelled at; Tiger using his skill and determination to carry the day; and those kids in the Dominican Republic playing their hearts out. Wrong: agent David Falk, Ray Lewis, Kevin Stevens and Tamarick Vanover.
FRANCIS KINNEY, Kendall Park, N.J.
Regarding Kevin Stevens's night of insanity (Life of the Party, Feb. 14): Being a pro athlete does not prevent someone from falling into the throes of addiction, as we have unfortunately found out so many times. Rather than judge and joke, as Rick Reilly did in that issue (THE LIFE OF REILLY), we should try to salvage what we can of these athletes' lives. It's time for the Stevenses of the world to grow up. The arrest outside St. Louis might have saved his life instead of ruining it, as he first perceived it would.
THOMAS LESCROART, West Palm Beach, Fla.
Your article did a great job of showing what type of person Kevin Stevens truly is. With help and prayers the "other" Stevens will be buried, and the real one can continue on with his life.
JOHN HOKANSON, Duxbury, Mass.
Failing Report Card
Your NBA Midseason Report (Feb. 14) was comprehensive and fun to read. However, I have two disagreements with your awards. First, Steve Francis, one of your runners-up for Rookie of the Year, leads the Houston Rockets in points and assists. Lamar Odom, your Rookie of the Year choice, is the leader in neither department for the Los Angeles Clippers, who at this writing have 12 fewer wins than Francis's Rockets. Francis is ahead of Odom in points per game, assists, steals and free throw percentages. Francis deserves your award. Second, both the San Antonio Spurs' Tim Duncan and the Minnesota Timberwolves' Kevin Garnett should have been included on your All-NBA first team. If you want proof of their worth, look at your Player Ratings two pages later.
JACOB HONIGMAN, Brooklyn
How could you rate the benches of nine teams ahead of that of the Miami Heat? With Clarence Weatherspoon, Voshon Lenard, Otis Thorpe, Anthony Carter, Mark Strickland and Rodney Buford, Miami's bench is as good as any.
ANDREW M. ABRAMSON, Cooper City, Fla.
All about Mike
Michael Jordan is the ultimate winner (I Own You, Feb. 14). His knowledge and passion will revive the Washington Wizards.
RICHARD E. RUGGERI, Warwick, N.Y.
We knew everything that Jack McCallum wrote regarding Michael's new position with the Wizards: He'll make the job his number 1 priority, he'll make all hiring and firing decisions, and owner Abe Pollin won't stand in the way. But, wow, Michael ate salmon for the first time in his life at Abe's house. Now that's interesting!
DIANE M. BRANAGAN, Falls Church, Va.
With all due respect to the greatest basketball player of all time, the likely-to-be-greatest golfer of all time deserved to be on the cover. Tiger Woods's sixth straight Tour victory was an epic feat. Michael Jordan's becoming the Wizards' part owner and head of the team's basketball operations was much less significant and, three weeks after the fact, far less timely.
CHUCK HADDEN, Arlington, Va.
Room to Stretch Out
In your Feb. 14 SCORECARD, you say that Penny Hardaway has a 6,000-square-foot master-bedroom suite. Tell me that was a typographical error. My house is only 2,300 square feet.
RICHARD RUTH, Sierra Vista, Ariz.