We Kidd You Not
Who's kiddin' whom? That was exactly what I thought after reading about Jason Kidd (A Clean Start, Jan. 28). Those idyllic family images were too contrived and too much. My husband and kids have never joined me in the tub—at least not at the same time! Oh, and that bare-chested From Here to Eternity shot of the happy husband and wife was definitely over the top. The spaghetti sauce rubbed into the apron bib and Jason in the chef's hat made for nice p.r. too! But let's face it, the guy punched his wife. All the Leave It to Beaver family portraits ain't gonna change that.
STEPHANIE MITCHELL, Rock Hill, S.C.
Your folly in leading us to believe that everything is now O.K. and that Kidd has struck his wife for the last time isn't unthinkable, it's unconscionable. Better still, I think it's This Week's Sign of the Apocalypse.
DAVID SCHULTZ, Albany, N. Y.
What an impressive man. He can pick up his own dirty clothes, lead a team (which happens to be his job) and go the "extraordinary" route of getting help to control his temper. By the way, he punched his wife in the face—in front of their son. I hope for T.J.'s sake Jason has learned a lesson.
DAN DOORLEY, Euclid, Ohio
If Joumana Kidd wants to forgive her husband for hitting her, that's between her and him. However, by posing with—and fawning over—Jason, making him look like father and husband of the year, she gives a slap in the face to victims of domestic violence everywhere.
PATA DIBINGA, Boston
In realizing that his silence was his flaw, Jason Kidd has become a better man and perhaps an even better basketball player. This piece should be required reading for every introvert, athletic or not.
JOSH DRIMMER, New Haven, Conn.
I'm still waiting for an article on an NBA player who is married to the mother of his kids—that is, all his kids—hasn't been arrested for drunk driving or drug possession, hasn't gotten into a public brawl or worse, beaten his wife or girlfriend, and, just for kicks, graduated from college. While I wait, I'm afraid I'll have to renew my subscription for a lot longer than I plan to.
KATHY CONNORS, Medina, Wash.
All great athletes do not "carry the seed of cruelty," as S. L. Price writes. Rather, some are able to rise above petty rivalries and egos to a place in their own minds where it's only about one's perfect best against the competition—whether that be other athletes, Mother Nature or one's own demons. It seems Kidd may be on his way to that place. That, if anything, will make him a great athlete.
NICOLE KUIPER, Ann Arbor, Mich.
The Road to the Super Bowl
I disagree with Oakland linebacker William Thomas's statement (Cool Customer, Jan. 28), "We didn't lose this game. It was taken away from us." If the Raiders really deserved to win, they would have played better throughout the entire 60 minutes instead of just the first 50 minutes. Now Oakland fans can wait another 25 years for a rematch, so that they can get a call in their favor, as they did in 1976.
ANDREW F. HODGKINS, Hingham, Mass.
It's absurd to not rule a fumble when—even by the account of NFL officials—Torn Brady was not trying to throw when he lost the ball. Nearly 30 years ago the Raiders were beaten by the Immaculate Reception. To that can now be added the Immaculate Incompletion.
JOHN POFFENBARGER, Mukilteo, Wash.
A Rose by Any Other Name
As an Oklahoma State alum and fan, I was infuriated by the cheap shots taken at my school by writer Grant Wahl (Hell Week, Jan. 28). Cowboys fans are among the classiest and most faithful in the country, not the "foul-mouthed, leather-lunged fanatics—and their husbands" he portrayed. Then he added injury to his insults by mentioning "the hog farm stench that greets the [ Kansas] players when they arrive in Stillwater." In addition, that the article came out the week of the one-year anniversary of our school's tragic loss—in which two members of the basketball team and six people in its traveling party died—only makes the words seem much more brutal.
MARTHA WHITE, Union City, Okla.