I could only read the Sept. 24 issue a few pages at a time. Each story left me reeling in sorrow and, yet, inspired. Thank you for honoring these amazing people by sharing their stories with the rest of us.
HEIDI WEST, Fort Myers, Fla.
How fascinating that the week without sports produced the best issue of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED ever.
PAUL CAN, Wheaton, Ill.
I stopped hating the Yankees today. God be with you, New York.
JOHN REED, Little Rock
I don't know about you, Frank Deford (Delay of Games, Sept. 24), but as a survivor of the World Trade Center attack, I wasn't renting an Adam Sandler video, eating at restaurants, gambling in casinos or visiting topless bars last week. Experience what I and thousands of others did on that day, and you would have known why sports were postponed.
MICHAEL LEE, Old Bridge, N.J.
I could not disagree with Deford more. Four days after the attack we were still trying to comprehend the enormity of the loss of life. We were still trying to learn about the people who had caused so much horror and trying to understand why. We were still hearing of the many tales of heroism and marveling at the outpouring of kindness all across the country and the world. And we were marshaling our resolve to take action so that this can never again happen. I cannot think of a weekend on which sports could have been less important.
GRACE DAINES, Charleston, W.Va.
Good article on why the games should have gone on. Every form of entertainment in America was available that first weekend after the Sept. 11 disaster—except sports. In its zeal to claim insignificance, sports put itself on a pedestal and sent exactly the opposite message. Thanks for pointing out the hypocrisy.
LACHLAN MCLEAN, Louisville
Deford's assertions that the games should not have been stopped are thought provoking and insightful. I agree that stadiums are "where all classes and types of people come together, to mix and share in a common public space." Deford's ensuing statement that the opportunity "to stand together, bound together, provides a powerful—even patriotic—nectar" helped explain to me why I felt the need to be at Coors Field on Monday, Sept. 17, for the return of baseball. I wasn't sure why I felt compelled to attend. Now, through the concepts outlined by Deford, I understand.
RUSS CUNNINGHAM, Parker, Colo.
I hope that the article Patriot's Tale (Sept. 24) provides a wake-up call for fans, owners and athletes. That Joe Andruzzi's firemen brothers and their peers drive old cars while working two jobs says a great deal about the enormous importance our society misguidedly places on sports.
MIKE PATTERSON, Pickerington, Ohio
Get Out There
In memory of Mark Bingham, Tom Burnett, Jeremy Glick and Todd Beamer (THE LIFE OF REILLY, Sept. 24), introduce your children to sports and participate with them. Those four reinforced how lessons learned in athletic competition stay with us forever.
BRAD GRAVER, Encinitas, Calif.
Not So Little Things
The picture of the kids playing soccer with the smoke rising from the ruined towers in the background was particularly poignant (War Games, Sept. 24). My younger son's soccer team played its scheduled game on Saturday, and my older son played on Sunday. For a few hours I was able to forget the terrible events of Sept. 11 and focus on what, for the past 10 years, has been the highlight of my week. I fully understand and support the decision made by most professional sports to shut down. However, watching my sons play, in some small way, helped me to begin healing.
JOHN THOMAS, Port Orchard, Wash.