In Praise of Pat
Thank you, Rick Reilly, for pointing out that Pat Summerall was the brains behind the Fox operation (THE LIFE OF REILLY, Sept. 30). While John Madden was busy explaining football to newcomers, Summerall kept the attention where it belonged: on the game itself.
MYLES ARNDT JR., Emporia, Kans.
When Summerall announces, he doesn't talk all the time. You can hear the crowd. You can feel the game. It just feels good to listen. It feels like Sunday afternoon.
ROBERT O'HALE, Greensboro, N.C.
ABC is on the right track, hiring John Madden and eliminating the circus in the booth, but they should go one step further: Get rid of Al Michaels and put the classy Madden-Summerall team back together. Michaels's nasal intonations and his bias in favor of anything related to Northern California is annoying at best and downright repulsive at worst.
CARL BUICE, Macon, Ga.
My thanks to Steve Rushin (AIR AND SPACE, Sept. 30). I have always wondered why NBA players command such obscene salaries. Now after reading Rushin I understand. It's to pay their defense attorneys.
CHARLIE BENSINGER, Louisville