Not Everyone Loves Raymond
As a 27-year-old Boston Bruins fan, I have never known how it feels to watch my team win a Stanley Cup (Hooray! June 18). If it's half as good as watching Ray Bourque hoist his first Cup, then it must be amazing. I wonder how it feels for Bourque to know that in Boston sports his name is spoken in the same reverent tones reserved for the likes of Bird, Orr, Russell, Williams and Yaz?
VINCENT YANNACCI, East Lyme, Conn.
At Long Last! is exactly correct. Not just Bourque holding the Stanley Cup but SI's putting hockey on its cover.
SETH GOLDSTEIN, Durham, N.C.
I'm tired of hearing how wonderful it was for Bourque to win the Cup. He's an example of what's wrong with sports. He requests a trade just so he can try to win the Stanley Cup. What happened to trying to win with the team you're on?
MICHAEL BROWN, Tracy, Calif.
I somehow missed Boston fans celebrating when Roger Clemens won the World Series with the Yankees. Bourque is Benedict Arnold, not Paul Revere.
ROD BOLGER, New York City
The first thing that came to mind after seeing Bourque holding the Stanley Cup on the cover of your June 18 issue: Thank God the hockey season is over.
ANDREW LASSETER, Brea, Calif.
Department of Labor
I agree with most of your solutions regarding NFL training camp "volunteers" (SCORECARD, June 18). I do not agree with "give players significant sums of money for attending." Are they not on yearly salaries (overblown to begin with)? Yes, go back to the bargaining table, but this time make it mandatory for all player to attend the sessions.
TOM MATTHEWS, Las Vegas
Rest assured that nearly every unionized facility has your article posted on its bulletin board. As a 30-year veteran of manufacturing management, I've spent my career trying to convince people that we can be trusted to be fair and that they don't need a union to represent them. The incredibly naive actions of NFL management has set back these efforts. Their message is clear: We're in charge, and we'll make you do whatever we want.
JOE ANTAL, Lewisville, Texas
What's next, players should get paid for interviews? I wouldn't want a poor NFL player going without his Mercedes simply because his employer wants him performing at his peak.
MIKE TERRAL, Claremore, Okla.
It's a Small World, After All
I admit I enjoyed Steve Rushin's article on downsizing sports—until I realized how much I disagree with his position (AIR AND SPACE, June 18). I love sports and I love to be able to watch them whenever I turn on my TV. If we make sports smaller, I might have to take up knitting to pass the time.
AARON BLAKE, Eden Prairie, Minn.
In keeping with the theme of Rushin's Let's Get Small, I read half his column and then went out to play with the kids. We played ball—no base, basket or foot-simply ball. It was terrific.
LARRY SIRHALL, Bend, Ore.