It was exciting to see the San Antonio Spurs' Tim Duncan grace the cover of the June 9 issue. His commitment to education sets a wonderful example for those still in high school and college. When he graduated from Wake Forest in 1997—in the same class as my daughter—he received a standing ovation for having stayed in school for four years and graduating with a major in psychology.
NAN JONES, Seneca, S.C.
Who's that intense guy on your cover? He is wearing a Duncan jersey, but it can't be him. I'm not sure that anyone has ever seen that side of Tim Duncan. I don't know how long you waited for that shot, but it was worth it.
BEN BATTAGLIA, Cambridge, Mass.
I must disagree completely with Tom Verducci regarding umpires' being evaluated by QuesTec (SCORECARD, June 9). Pitchers "stretching the edges like Silly Putty" has always, and should always be, an integral part of baseball. QuesTec tries to make scientific one of the most irrational games played.
CHRISTIAN TOM, New York City
It's about time something was done to bring some sanity back to the strike zone. Big Brother had to be brought in, since the umpires were unwilling to police themselves.
BOB KING, Moreno Valley, Calif.
As a lifelong Astros fan I was extremely pleased with Steve Rushin's column on Craig Biggio and Jeff Bagwell (AIR AND SPACE, June 9). Six playoff appearances without a series win is easier to deal with because of these two individuals who set an example of how baseball should be played and who behave off the diamond with class and dignity. It would be fitting to see them receive World Series rings together, then be enshrined in Cooperstown side by side.
VINH HOANG, La Mesa, Calif.
Vive le Roy
Patrick Roy should have been on the cover defending my June 9 issue of SI. Instead, he gets a blurb in SCORECARD. The greatest goaltender ever to play in the NHL retires, and you let his story go right through your five hole. Boo!
MARK ALMQUIST, Denver
Eye of the Storm
Orlando Brown chose to play football no matter what the risks (Seeing Is Believing, June 9), yet he sued the NFL for $200 million? What if Dale Earnhardt's family sued NASCAR for causing his death? Any sane person would come to the conclusion that he met his fate knowing the risks of the profession he chose.
JESSE LAMBE, Port Ludlow, Wash.
What happened to Brown was unfortunate, but to blame the incident for a failed marriage and his parents' health problems is absurd. I became permanently paralyzed at 29, I'll probably never walk or father my own children, but life has to go on. Meanwhile Brown sued the NFL for twice as much as the wife of the late Korey Stringer is suing the Vikings. What a joke.
MARK EDWARDS, Fullerton, Calif.
Labor of Love
Rick Reilly's column on coach Bob Fraley and his willingness to work for free to save the Fresno State track program brought tears to my eyes (THE LIFE OF REILLY, June 9). Track and field programs have been singled out for termination by several schools this year, and it is not due to Title IX but rather to the excessive cost of other sports. As has often been said, "Track and field is a sport; everything else is just a game." Coach Fraley and his wife, Elaine, understand this.
LARRY EDER, Madison, Wis.
Reilly's column should've been called Delaying the Inevitable. What's going to happen when Fraley stops coaching at Fresno State? Is there going to be another person willing to work for nothing? Sure, it's a nice tale, but it won't end Title IX's unintended consequences.
KERRY COLLINS, Bismarck, N.Dak.