Carl Everett does more in his article to prove the existence of Neanderthals than any biology text I've ever read.
—Stephen Cecil, La Grange, Ky.
Let's Hear It for Hockey
Thanks for the article on the 2000 Stanley Cup (Devil of a Time, June 19). The photograph of Martin Brodeur jumping for joy is one for the ages. Too bad Robbie Ftorek wasn't there. This was his team, not Larry Robinson's.
Mike Kasterko, Torrance, Calif.
I was disappointed by your article. The extraordinary passion and courage that are required to win 16 playoff games should have been the focal point; apathetic chatter about missed scoring opportunities, fashion faux pas and elusive false teeth did a great injustice to the Devils and the NHL playoffs in general.
Aaron Holland, St. Paul
I found your comment that "hockey is the most random of sports" interesting. Hockey may appear as chaos on the ice, but quite the opposite is true. All teams operate in a system. Coaches like Ken Hitchcock of the Stars demand such rigid play of their teams that most flow and spontaneity are removed from the game. When players tire during overtime in a long playoff, systems break down, and natural instinct and talent take over.
Mark Sawyer, Elkford, B.C.
Bruce Springsteen on the LETTERS page and the Devils on the cover. I thought I died and went to heaven! Thanks for highlighting the two best reasons for being from New Jersey.
Joseph Evans, Roselle Park, N.J.
Your cover upset me. The Devils win a Stanley Cup and make the cover. The Red Wings won not one but two Stanley Cup championships in a row, yet they didn't make the cover. It shows that Detroit gets no respect.
Chester Latra jr., Macomb, Mich.
De La Hoya's Detractors
Thank you for exposing Oscar De La Hoya for what he is, a man-child who abuses women, stiffs his business acquaintances, openly insults his stepmother and thinks he'll be the second coming of Ricky Martin (Gladiator, June 19). I always thought Oscar was a good guy, based on his Golden Boy image; now I know better.
Rick Bueti, Chappaqua, N.Y.
De La Hoya's treatment of women makes Pokey Reese seem like a candidate for the keynote speaker of the Million Mom March. Hey, Oscar, you think if someone treated your mother the way you treated Nicole Rao that Cecilia would have grown up to be such a caring parent? Whatever happened between you and Rao that night will have enduring consequences.
Todd Guren, Charlottesville, Va.
The Price of Free Speech
Carl Everett's attitude and bravado are a relief from all the hokey, new-age beliefs that plague the world (Mighty Mouth, June 19). I admire anyone who speaks his mind, however unpopular the words. These people may not always be right, but they tell it as they see it.
Erik Anschicks, Naperville, Ill.
Everett dissing Derek Jeter, Paul O'Neill and the New York Yankees? C'mon! Everett says that he doesn't believe in dinosaurs because he never saw one. How then does he believe in the World Series? He's never seen one of those either.
Jeff Haber, New Rochelle, N.Y.