Does anyone really think that if Michael Jordan moved to Washington and went to every Wizards game, all would be well?
—BROOK GARDINER, New York City
Opinions Are Free
Rick Reilly shouldn't be so sure about the Wizards' being able to beat the teams he mentioned in his column (THE LIFE OF REILLY, Jan. 22). I'm an alumnus of the Culinary Institute of America (class of 1984), and back in my day we could have put together a team that could have taken them on. The CIA's motto is "preparation is everything," and the Wizards seem only to be prepared for failure.
RICHARD GOTTLOB, Absecon, N.J.
Reilly did it again. In his article on Michael Jordan's ownership abilities he has uncovered a truth that most of the world wants to deny: Not everything Michael touches turns to gold.
I don't love or loathe Jordan. I do know when someone has an unhealthy obsession with another person. It's ludicrous to tear the man up for every imperfection he has. Seek some counseling, Reilly. Maybe you can find out what your real hang-up with Jordan is.
JERRY PATTISON, Bradford, Pa.
Toast to Tony
I just read John Walters's review of the Tony Kornheiser show, and I agree that it's a refreshing island in the sports-talk-radio sea (SI VIEW, Jan. 22). There are fans who have interests other than who will step up as the Seahawks' third tight end this year. I'll take the intelligent talk of Tony and his crew over Dan Patrick's incessant name-dropping any day.
DAVE LANSING, Stevens Point, Wis.
Local Boy Makes Good
Finally, Aaron McKie is being recognized as a key to the 76ers' success (INSIDE THE NBA, Jan. 22). A local guy who went to Temple, McKie is loved in this city and by 76ers fans.
MATT AZARVA, Philadelphia
What are the rest of the NBA players missing? For that matter, what are all of those spoiled millionaires who play pro sports missing? McKie plays hard every day, assumes the role of team leader and still realizes that his family is No. 1? The pay scale in the NBA is backward-it should have Aaron at the top, not in the bottom half.
JAKE HARRIS, Conshohocken, Pa.
The source of conflict between Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal is obvious (SCORECARD, Jan. 22). Did anyone notice that this started around the time that Shaq got his degree from LSU? Before that they were a couple of guys without an education. Kobe can't handle the fact that Shaq is the star of the Lakers and also has his degree.
MIKE BAILEY, San Diego
The Pen Is Mightier
I certainly hope that no one under the age of 22 obtained a copy of your Jan. 29 edition. In They Said It (SCORECARD), you featured the Jason Williams quote, "I wish I'd spent more time on my jump shot than learning to read and write." It strikes me that Williams's thoughts were more appropriate to This Week's Sign of the Apocalypse. Williams ought to thank his English teacher for instructing him on how to read a multimillion-dollar contract and how to sign his paychecks.
MARK HONEYMAN, Rochester Hills, Mich.
The Midas Touch
The headline on Josh Elliott's story about the NFL that called it the Teflon League is right on (SCORECARD, Jan. 29). Revenue sharing has made the NFL economically the healthiest league in pro sports, and the resulting competitiveness makes fans willing to overlook the NFL's serious blemishes. However, the league could go further with revenue sharing by allowing each NFL city a chance to host the Super Bowl. The residents of these cities have shouldered heavy tax burdens to fund NFL stadiums. Each of these cities should get a chance to reap the economic windfall that comes from hosting a Super Bowl.
DANIEL SHERMAN, Brooktondale, N.Y.