I'm so glad that Randy Moss (How Good Can Randy Moss Be?, Sept. 2) explained to us that we have the wrong idea of him. I was particularly touched by the fact that his NFL heroes are Walter Payton, Barry Sanders and Jerry Rice. The parallels, in retrospect, are obvious. I have vivid memories of all the fines Walter Payton accumulated for taunting opponents, all the plays on which Jerry Rice gave less than a full effort and all the times that Barry Sanders sulked on the field because the Lions were hopelessly behind in a game.
Mountain View, Calif.
The Vikings are an example of what not to do in pro football. It seems unbelievable that the new coaches have decided to focus more of the offense on Moss, a guy who shot off his mouth, played dead when he was not the primary receiver and yet claims to love football. A true superstar wants to win and performs that way every play, even when he doesn't get the ball. Someone in Minnesota needs to step up and be that man.
MARJORIE OBERG, Proctor, Vt.
Mr. Moss says he'll play when he wants to play. Fair enough. I'll watch when I want to watch. That ought to make my wife happier.
GARY DIBLE, Bowling Green, Ohio
Every year I look forward to Dr. Z's bold picks (SCOUTING REPORTS, Sept. 2). But the Eagles, Packers, Bucs, Rams, Pats, Steelers, Titans and Raiders winning their respective divisions? Dr. Z must be the kind of doctor who still wears a reflector on his forehead and taps knees with a hammer.
KEVIN DUNLEAVY, Fairfax, Va.
I felt it was a shame you would spend almost an entire article on the politics of the Little League and Cal Ripken Baseball instead of giving ample coverage to the world series of both leagues. (The Kids Are All Right, Sept. 2). It was more entertaining to watch kids play for the love of the game.
JEFF P. CARTER, Bowling Green, Ky.
Thank you for the informative article on Simonya Popova (Who's That Girl?, Sept. 2). I bought the details about her life hook, line and sinker, then flipped over the last line. It is true that women's tennis markets sex appeal, and that will remain true for all women's sports because it is an easy way to garner attention. It is also true that women's tennis will not be saved by one person or thing but by a multitude of changes. Congratulations on the best article I have ever read in your magazine.
TOM HOUSEMAN, Montclair, N.J.
Let's see, SI writes an article about a fictitious tennis player named Simonya Popova at the same time New Line Cinema, another AOL Time Warner company, has a movie out called S1mOne about a fictitious actress. If this is "corporate synergy," we're all on the Road to Perdition. Oops, sorry, that's a DreamWorks SKG film.
TIM LOWELL, Boothwyn, Pa.
As a busy mother of six, I am incensed that my 15 minutes of peace today were wasted on fatuous fiction by L. Jon Wertheim.
RACHEL GRIMES, Talking Rock, Ga.
I suppose some time around April 1, 2003, the following item will appear in your SCORECARD section: Engaged, tennis great Simonya Popova and former New York Mets minor league phenom Sidd Finch. I'm guessing Popova will give up her tennis career to help Sidd herd goats in the Himalayan mountains.
MARTY STEWART, Plum, Pa.
New York State of Mind
I am a Saratoga Springs native and cover horse racing for the local newspaper, The Saratogian. Steve Rushin (AIR AND SPACE, Sept. 2) really captured what the Saratoga meeting is like for everyone who is a part of it—the fans, workers, journalists and horse people. When he writes, "There really is no place on Earth I'd rather be," he echoes our sentiment. It's a magical six weeks in a wondrous city.
ERIC DEGRECHIE, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.