Kenyon Martin (Good and Nasty, April 29) wonders why he is considered an on-court thug? Well, six flagrant fouls and seven game suspensions may have something to do with it. However, now that we've seen him on the cover of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED with a menacing scowl, his proudly displayed BAD ASS tattoo and his right hand balled into a fist, I'm sure that he has convinced everyone that he is a harmless choirboy.
Michael J. Clarke, Tiverton, R.I.
If ever there is a time to wish for the dreaded SI Cover Jinx, it's with this jerk.
Aaron Hyden, Honolulu
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. If people ask you why nobody cares about the NBA anymore, show them your cover photo of Kenyon Martin.
R. Jeff Brown Kingwood, Texas
The article on Martin was great. Kmart is taking a lot of heat because of his attitude and actions on the court. I don't see anything wrong with his style of play because he's just being himself. I'll bet that every one of his teammates loves him for his fire. He will mature, and then we will look back at his actions and see them as a part of growing up in the NBA.
Dedrick M. Welch, Houston
Seeing two members of the Nets on the cover of SI in the same season is the New Jersey basketball equivalent to Bruce Springsteen's being on the cover of TIME and Newsweek during the same week in October 1975. As a longtime Nets fan I've witnessed the horrors of the Meadow-lands, but I never gave up, and this year has been worth all the bad years.
Tim Farrell, Ridgewood, N.J.
Jerry Jones (Anatomy of a Draft, April 29) should take a minute to get his priorities straight. That he can sit in the "war room" and talk about how he will "be crucified" if he makes a mistake disgusts me. I understand that running a professional football team takes lots of hard work, but wouldn't we all be better off if we paid more attention to soldiers fighting for freedom than to a man picking human beings to work for him? After all, losing a draft pick probably would not wreck a man's life the same way a bullet would.
Greg Feeney, Olney, Md.
Nipping at Bud
A hearty thanks to Tom Verducci (No Friends in High Places, April 29) for highlighting the shameful double standard of commissioner Bud Selig when it comes to the future of the competitive Twins and the bumbling Brewers. I nearly fell out of my chair when Bud suggested that the Royals needed to overhaul their park. Kauffman Stadium is one the most beautiful places to watch a baseball game, while the Brewers' taxpayer-financed Miller Park has poor sight lines and feels as if it were built on a Superfund site. Let's contract Bud.
Wayne Cimons Tuckahoe, N.Y.
Bravo to Tom Verducci for exposing Bud Selig for the buffoon he is, contraction for the joke it is, and the Milwaukee Brewers for the sham they are. Verducci's inspection of the Brewers succinctly demonstrates everything that is wrong with baseball. Win Twins!
R.D. Sturtz, Albert Lea, Minn.
I could not agree more with Rick Reilly's article on the "hideous luxury box" (THE LIFE OF REILLY, April 29). The article reminded me of a quote by the late Bill Veeck, onetime owner of the Chicago White Sox: "I have discovered, in 20 years of moving around a ballpark, that the knowledge of the game is usually in inverse proportion to the price of the seats."
Cliff Orr, Athens, Ga.
The luxury box is a total distraction from the game. When you're sitting up there, you are more worried about the mustard stain you just got on your shirt than you are about the game. You could stick a brick wall in front of the occupants, and half wouldn't care, while the other half wouldn't notice. If luxury boxes weren't in arenas, we could fit in more seats for fans.
Scott Senior, Flower Mound, Texas