I have only good words to say about Keyshawn Johnson: Good luck, goodbye and good riddance!
—Bill Wilson, Norwalk, Conn.
The Buc Stops Here
As a Jets fan for too many years, I read your article on Keyshawn Johnson, hoping that he would say something petulant or immature, something that would ease the pain of his departure (Key Figure, April 24). What I got instead were insightful comments about the New York front office, especially about coach Al Groh. If Groh did make the comments attributed to him, he's an ass who knows nothing about leading the athletes in his charge.
John Hicks, Rochester, N.Y.
Old Me-Shawn really stuck it to the Jets, didn't he? The Bucs promise a $52 million contract extension to a wide receiver other than Randy Moss, and SI thinks the Jets got taken to the cleaners? When a team without a quarterback pays that kind of money for a me-first wide receiver, I think we know who got stuck.
Keith Stephen, Strongsville, Ohio
Bill Parcells extended a big helping hand to his friend, Green Bay general manager Ron Wolf, when Johnson was sent to Tampa Bay. By doing so, Parcells has introduced a cancer to the Bucs, who were ready to win the Lombardi Trophy.
Mike Touscany, Pittsburgh
I am sick of players saying it is management's fault for not renegotiating a contract. It is a contract. If Keyshawn wanted to get more money based on his performance, he should not have signed a long-term agreement.
Larry Bauld, Rochester, N.Y.
Call for a Recount
How could you omit Maverick Michael Finley from your All-NBA team (INSIDE THE NBA, April 24)? Since making your midseason first-team all-league roster, Finley played more minutes per game than any other player in the NBA and from March 10 until the end of the season led Dallas to the league's second-best record.
Hardy Strain, Grand Prairie, Texas
You have the unmitigated gall to put down Cleveland's Shawn Kemp by calling him the biggest waste of talent in the NBA while honoring the childish Steve Francis as Rookie of the Year? You laud a player who pouted, whined and complained until Vancouver had no choice but to trade him. Francis will be asking out of Houston when things start going sour there.
Jon White, Fessenden, N.Dak.
Kevin Garnett only second team? Give me a break! He became only the ninth player in NBA history to average at least 20 points, 10 rebounds and five assists for a season. He was also in the top 10 in scoring and top five in rebounding. I'll take him over Grant Hill any day.
Tim Schuchard, St. Cloud, Minn.
Long Live Phys Ed
Thank you, Jack McCallum, for describing so well what is the case at so many schools today (Gym Class Struggles, April 24). It reminded me that I went through hell in my junior high's physical education program (run by former Marines) and of the absence of anything similar in high school. Despite running track and cross-country in high school, I was never in as good shape then as I was when I left junior high.
Kevin Westervelt, Modesto, Calif.
I always think it's ironic that students at the school where I teach pay big bucks to belong to a fancy new health club to do what they can do for free at school in physical education class.
Stan Oberg, Lafayette, Calif.