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October 02, 2000
Any list of pass rushers that fails to include a single member of the Vikings' Purple People Eaters is woefully incomplete.—PATRICK ELIFRITZ, Wewoka, Okla.
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Four teams from the NFC East make the playoffs? Shaun King leading the Bucs to a Super Bowl win? The Eagles nine spots ahead of the Vikings? This time Dr. Z has gone too far.
DAVE COONAN, Oak Creek, Wis.

The Super Bowl runner-up Titans have the 24th toughest schedule? The champion Rams have the 30th? If you want parity, not parody, have the best play the best.

Cheap Shot
Your Aug. 28 "Sign of the Apocalypse" criticized George Brett for leaving the Little League World Series championship game after the first inning. When Mr. Brett was advised that he was to receive the Distinguished Graduate Award, he confirmed that he'd like to accept it in Williamsport at the World Series but that he would have to return to Kansas City that evening to fulfill a charitable event commitment he'd made for the next day. Without the facts, you unfairly poked fun at a gentleman who fulfills his obligations.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Little League Baseball Inc.
Williamsport, Pa.

In Praise of Carlos
Last month I was an instructor at a baseball camp that featured Carlos Delgado (Three Dimensional, Aug. 28). He was patient with campers and spoke to them of the importance of education and a strong work ethic. I'm not a Toronto fan, but I'm now a Delgado fan.
PATRICK MAYNE, Burlington, Ont.

Marvelous Marsupial
How dare you pad your sports animal movie list with the likes of Teen Wolf and Teen Wolf Too. You overlooked perhaps the finest fur-bearing fighter to grace the silver screen, Matilda the boxing kangaroo.

Tiger Tracks
In your article about Tiger Woods's latest major-championship victory (Hat Trick, Aug. 28), you pointed out that Woods, besides winning the playoff in the PGA against Bob May, also had dethroned May as the youngest golfer to play in the LA. Open. While true, it is misleading. May still holds the tournament record for youngest competitor to qualify. Tiger was let into the field on a sponsor's exemption.

Your Aug. 28 cover billing, GUTS AND GLORY, doesn't necessarily apply to just the winner. I'm sure Woods would agree that May was every bit as gutsy as he that day and achieved a glory all of his own. May would have been a great choice for the cover, too.
BOB WILDENBERG, Tustin, Calif.

Not so Fast, Rick
Who does Rick Reilly think he is, flippantly saying that Tiger Woods is better than Michael Jordan (THE LIFE OF REILLY, Aug. 28)? Jordan, while revolutionizing sports in general, dominated for a decade the most competitive league in any sport. Jordan is bigger, faster and stronger than Woods, and in terms of mental toughness and competitiveness, he's the equal of anyone who's ever lived. Woods could shoot an 18 in the next 50 majors and still not be Jordan. How soon we forget.
GEORGE A. LUTZ, Commack, N.Y.

Reilly is too quick to dismiss Bobby Jones's accomplishments. In a span of eight years Jones won five U.S. Amateurs, four U.S. Opens, three British Opens and one British Amateur. He played on five Walker Cup teams and in 31 major championships, winning 42% of the majors he entered. Granted, Woods might be the greatest golfer of all time, but let us not ignore our past in the rush to put him on a pedestal.
KEITH FERRELL, Palo Alto, Calif.

Reilly calls Tiger the "single most dominating athlete in 70 years." There's one notable exception: wrestler Dan Gable. Gable lost only six times in his career, against 299 wins, including a gold medal run at the 1972 Olympics during which he did not allow any of his six opponents to score a point.
EAMON MURRAY, Colorado Springs

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