Saying cheerleading is overrated is just plain stupid. My best friend cheers for her high school, and I cannot believe what she goes through. The rigors of the sport are enough, but there are also higher expectations regarding character and academics. I've been playing football on every level since I was eight, and she is a better student-athlete than I ever was. Here's to you and your sport, Brittany.
MICHAEL CASTELVECCHI, Lexington, Ky.
Running for Cover
Emmitt Smith broke what may be one of the top three records in sports (Emmitt's Domain, Nov. 4). The World Series happens every year, while football's rushing record is broken once a generation. Which one deserves the cover?
CHRIS SHAFFER, Canton, Ohio
How ironic that on your cover the OVERRATED/UNDERRATED headline is right above the one for Smith's breaking the rushing record. Will there ever be a more overrated record than Emmitt's? He put up big numbers in his first six seasons behind one of the best offensive lines in the history of the NFL, then methodically plodded for 77 yards a game over the next seven seasons until he broke the record.
JEFF SHAFFER, Portland
It's hard to fairly rank athletes from different eras, regardless of the sport, and Dr. Z's Dynamic Dozen running backs (Nov. 4) are no different. I'm sure experts would argue 100 versions of the list, but the consensus No. 1 has to be Jim Brown. His greatness transcends numbers. He not only never missed a game, as Dr. Z points out, but also rarely missed a down.
TOM MEYER, Florham Park, N.J.
Was Dr. Z using a double-edged sword when he described O.J. Simpson's "amazing cutting ability"?
ANTHONY OLINDE, Bentonville, Ark.