Pro football players making millions of dollars need to watch "Remember the Titans" to help them win?
—BRENT BEAL, Keller, Texas
Big Bucks, Big Ideas
Thank you, Mark Cuban, for bringing much-needed energy into the plodding arena of pro sports ownership ( Dallas Maverick, Nov. 6). Cuban has a fresh outlook compared with that of other owners, and I, for one, like it.
ERIC MCALVEY, Walla Walla, Wash.
Two questions for Cuban: 1) Why can't all owners show the same commitment, creative thinking and youthful exuberance? 2) Will you please hire me? I'll do anything, even for the Mavericks!
STEVE ALBANESE, Westerville, Ohio
With Cuban buying softer towels, new sets of luggage and other goodies for his players, it seemed he was wasting money. Then I started doing the arithmetic: $100,000 on these perks out of his $1 billion-plus net worth is equivalent to a Little League coach who makes $50,000 to $100,000 a year spending $5 to $10 to take his players for ice cream after a hot summer game.
TOM FRANCAVILLA, Flemington, N.J.
Cuban should thank his lucky stars that Yahoo! decided to take a chance on a new technology and make him a billionaire. He should also recognize that he has an amazing opportunity to help those who aren't so lucky, not spoiled athletes who already have everything that their hearts desire. Cuban's wanton spending makes me sick.
MATTHEW MOSHEN, New York City
Missing in Action
How could Dr. Z leave Emmitt Smith off his Top 10 running backs list (NFL Midseason Report, Nov. 6)? Smith is on pace to gain more than 1,000 yards for the 10th straight year and is third on the alltime rushing list, behind only Walter Payton and Barry Sanders. Finally, he plays hurt and has three Super Bowl rings.
ANDY MCELROY, Dallas
The Steelers' defensive unit went for a near record 21 consecutive quarters without allowing a touchdown, yet a Pittsburgh player wasn't included on the midseason all-pro team. How can that be? Not since the famed 1976 Steel Curtain defense has a team approached this level of performance.
PERRY CRAENEN, Watford, Ont.
Randy Moss over Isaac Bruce and Terrell Owens for the midseason all-pro team? I'm the first to admit that if anyone breaks Jerry Rice's receiving records, it will be Moss, but this team was supposed to honor players who had performed the best so far this season, not those who had the most potential. Through eight games this year Bruce had 49 catches, 950 yards and seven touchdowns. Owens had 57 catches, 808 yards and 11 touchdowns. Moss had 40 catches, 686 yards and eight touchdowns.
BRAD LEWIS, Modesto, Calif.
You're right about the influence of the movie Remember the Titans on football teams (SCORECARD, Nov. 6). As a coach in a flag-football league for kids eight to 11, I took my players to see the movie, and they loved it. The amazing thing was that the film was appropriate for the age group, with none of the swearing or nudity in other football movies.
KEVIN HORN, Waterloo, Ont.
Here's to Joe-Pa
Rick Reilly's column on Joe Paterno made this Penn State alumnus realize (again) how fortunate we've been to have this man involved with our university and its students for the past 50-plus years (THE LIFE OF REILLY, Nov. 13). The ultimate measure of a college football coach is the lasting impact he has on his players' lives 10, 20, 30 years down the road. To a man, I would bet that Paterno's players would tell you that they are better persons today as a result of their years at Penn State.
GLENN SHIREY, Delmont, Pa.