Peter King asks what it will take for Bill Parcells to win in Dallas (Summer School, Aug. 18). That's easy—Bill Belichick. Parcells has gone to three Super Bowls with Belichick running his defense, but he hasn't won diddly without Belichick. Meanwhile, Belichick won a Super Bowl in his second year as head coach at New England.
RICH LATIMER, Falmouth, Mass.
I'm pleased to see that the Cowboys have returned to their roots: discipline. With Parcells's attention to detail and teaching technique, the Cowboys will once again achieve football superiority.
Since Parcells possesses the charm of a hungry grizzly bear, I wonder why coverage of him this summer is so excessive. Perhaps as a toxic paternal object he's buried in the psyche of many American males who are forever trying to please him—and never can. Get ready for a grumpy Parcells enduring too many Cowboys disappointments.
JIM LEWIS, Notre Dame, Ind.
In an issue that contains a photo of a nude hiker (SCORECARD), one of a U.S. women's water polo player nearly getting her suit ripped off (LEADING OFF) and an article on New Jersey's Speedo-clad lifeguards (This Ain't Baywatch), you managed to print an even more shocking and distasteful photo: Bill Parcells in shorts.
CHRIS STANKIS, Kihei, Hawaii
I had been planning to write a novel about a troubled man who decides to destroy his father's legacy after the father's death. Then I read Tom Verducci's piece about what Ted Williams's children have done to him (What Really Happened to Ted Williams, Aug. 18). There's no need for me to write that novel anymore: Claudia and John Henry have already engaged in cruelty and callousness that a mere fiction writer like me could never have dreamed of. I look forward to the day when we can all talk about Ted Williams's achievements on the baseball field again. I'm afraid that time is still very far away.
MICHAEL KUN, Marina del Rey Calif.
The personal attacks on John Henry Williams seem a bit unfounded. The Ted Williams memorabilia collection is being sold about as aggressively as it was in the past, when Ted was alive. John Henry is occupying his time playing fifth-rate ball for below fifth-rate pay with some notion that it brings him closer to his father. Sensationalism of the disposition, however poorly handled, of Williams's remains makes Mr. Verducci and SI the ghouls, not John Henry Williams.
BRIAN ROSS, Santa Fe
Why is John Henry Williams so interested in preserving his father's DNA? John Henry was blessed with his father's DNA, and it obviously didn't do him any good.
JAMES MURRAY, Schertz, Texas
I knew Ted; he was my uncle. He was never shy about speaking his mind, and if he had wanted to be frozen, he would have shouted it LOUDLY AND CLEARLY SO EVERYONE COULD HEAR HIM, DAMN IT! I've tried not to take sides in this private family matter, but I'm proud of Bobby-Jo and Mark for fighting for what they know is right, and ashamed of the others for turning a great man's life, and a very private man's death, into a joke.
TED WILLIAMS, Oakland
If medical science is able to someday bring Ted Williams back, the people at Alcor better go into hiding, because boy, is he gonna be pissed!
RICHARD LARKIN, Orlando
After reading Rick Reilly's essay about what Kobe faces, I was furious (THE LIFE OF REILLY, Aug. 18). Where's the sympathy for the alleged victim? What does she have to look forward to? Sexual assault is a horrible crime that does tremendous emotional and psychological damage. If Kobe is indeed guilty of this crime, he most certainly deserves whatever penalties the state of Colorado imposes.
TRINA J. WELZ, San Antonio