You wrote, Ricky Williams "grew up in San Diego." Not so. He may be from there, but as the article makes clear, he hasn't grown up at all.
—ARTHUR D. WALSH, St. Paul
Riled Up about Ricky
Poor Ricky Williams (Lone Star, March 20). Should we fire all the current players and bring in your old Longhorns teammates and change the name of the team to the Austin Saints? We'll build a stadium named after you, and we can even turn the front office over to your college friends. Get real, shut up and play football.
MIKE CANTER, Chicago
Mike Ditka and Bill Kuharich make a bad deal to get Williams and pay for it with their jobs. Williams freely signs a bad deal, muddles through his first year, albeit with injuries, and his response is to want a better deal. The patients are running the asylum.
MARTIN BLACKMAN, Boston
We with the Phillies had a chance to get to know Ricky when he played in our minor league system, and rest assured, he was not the person John Ed Bradley described in his brutal story. Despite having played in front of 70,000-plus football fans in the fall, Ricky had no problem with motivation while playing before the scant crowds in the lower minor leagues. He listened to instruction and worked to improve. It's easy to make someone look bad if you accentuate the negative without mentioning the positive.
Manager, Media Relations
Mad for Marino
I'm glad that Dan Marino decided not to play for any other team (Letting Go, March 20). He may not have a Super Bowl ring, but he is the champion of NFL quarterbacks.
KENT PIETRACUPA, Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia
It was pure madness that the NCAA basketball tournament was your March 20 cover story rather than Marino's retirement. What does a guy have to do to grace your cover?
WILLIAM A. TONY, Greenfield, Wis.
Juiced about Jason
Phil Taylor misses the point in his article on Kings point guard Jason Williams (Out of Hand, March 20). Despite his errant no-look passes and his poor three-point shooting average, Williams is the best thing to happen to the NBA since Pistol Pete Maravich. Forget the occasional turnover. When Jason has the ball in his hands on a fast break, magical things can happen—and usually do.
DON SMITH, Orlando
When I saw the headline of Taylor's story, I thought the piece would be just another case of the media hyping a player, only to then tear him down. But Taylor does an objective job of portraying the enigma Williams is. That Williams arrived at the right time for the NBA—but unfortunately not for himself—is perhaps the most important point made in your story.
LISA SUHOVY, Strathmore, Calif.
Wild about Wooden
Rick Reilly's column on coach John Wooden was touching (THE LIFE OF REILLY, March 20). Some things should never change. Thanks for sharing one of those with us.
LARRY BLEDSOE, Oklahoma City
After reading about Jason Williams and Ricky Williams, it was refreshing to finish with Reilly's story on Wooden. The next time Reilly visits Wooden, he should bring those two with him.
JOHN STEPHENSON, Sacramento