That was a terrific cover article on Fresno State's football team (Off and Running, Sept. 17). David Carr is an outstanding quarterback who has sharp instincts and is a real leader. Pat Hill, who while an assistant coach with the Cleveland Browns dreamed of returning to Fresno State as the coach, deserves credit for rebuilding the Bulldogs' program. Congratulations, Coach Hill, we shall continue to cheer you from the great Buckeye state.
Tom Thompson, Berea, Ohio
We are very excited about and appreciative of your recognition of Fresno State. No words can describe what this will do for our university and for recruiting. We love our team, but, more important, we love our country. Around town, the cheers of "Go Dogs" have been replaced by chants of "U-S-A!" God bless America.
Raymond Spinelli, Fresno
As an old Florida Gator who bleeds orange and blue, it's hard for me to coordinate my lips, teeth, tongue and voice box to even utter these strange new words, "Go Bulldogs!" Georgia? Not in this lifetime. I'm talking about the most exciting and plain old fun-to-watch college team in the nation—Fresno State.
Terry Ward, St. Petersburg
I agree that the Williams sisters have revolutionized tennis (American Revolution, Sept. 17). They can be nothing but good for the game, but until they are willing to be competitive with each other and play satisfying finals for the fans, I suggest they be placed in the same bracket every tournament. Sorry.
David J. Betzner, Frederick, Md.
Somehow I got the wrong SI this week. I was waiting for a cover celebrating the historic all-sister final in the U.S. Open. It would also be the cover marking the night women's tennis beat college football in the ratings race. That one's coming, right?
Inez R. Gomez, Santa Fe
Timing is everything—even bad timing. Obviously SI went to press before the tragic events of Sept. 11. However, the decision to print the photo of the Williams sisters wrapped in American flags wasn't a good one from the beginning.
S.L. Walker, Pickerington, Ohio
The problem with John McEnroe (SCORECARD, Sept. 17) is that he talks through the points. Good analysts never talk while the ball is in play. On top of that, most of the time he's talking about something unrelated to the match we're watching. I find him insufferable.
Don Engel, Las Vegas
L. Jon Wertheim could not be more wrong about McEnroe. Not only is he an insider with real knowledge of the game and the players, but also his frank manner makes him the most refreshing personality on the tennis broadcasts. In fact, I found myself picking which matches I would watch by whether Johnny Mac would be in the booth—and I didn't like his act as a player.
Sandy Gannon, Dallas
Working in the Minors
Thank you for John Ed Bradley's portrayal of the hard work, dedication and—sometimes—luck that members of the Great Falls Dodgers (Uncertain Prospects, Sept. 17) must have to climb the ladder to the big leagues. We Montanans have been fortunate to see players such as Eric Karros, Pedro Martinez and Raul Mondesi play the game before fame and money influence them.
Kevin Mielke, Billings, Mont.
A Real Role Model
Early in my college career I made a flippant remark that Cliff Huxtable was the dominant male figure in my life when I was growing up. The line was referred to in SI's story (Mean Streak, Sept. 17). I regret ever having said that. My father, Larry, and my mom, Brenda Dean, divorced when I was very young. While I never got over the fact that my dad was not living with my mom and me, he has always been there to support and love me. Divorce is tough. As a kid, you certainly don't understand it. I do know that a TV character could never be more of a father than my pop was to me.
Larry Tripplett, Seattle