I received my May 24 copy of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED with Roger Clemens on the cover 20 years to the day after he won his first game, with the Red Sox (May 20, 1984). Who would have thought that two decades after his first career victory he'd be 7-0?
As an Orioles fan trapped in a Yankees-dominated purgatory, it's great to finally be able to cheer for Roger Clemens (Home Fire, May 24) now that he's moved to the National League. He's clearly a gentleman and a family man. Now I can finally root for him as a pitcher, too.
JUSTIN MILLER, New York City
Facing a 95-mph Clemens fastball must be scary. Sharing the highway with Clemens and others who are driving three-ton Hummer H2s while they watch in-dash television must be terrifying.
WENDELL ALBRIGHT, Arlington, Va.
The list of Game 7s to remember was very well-done (It's That Time Again, May 24), but how can Jack McCallum not mention the 1996 NHL Western Conference semifinals between the Detroit Red Wings and the St. Louis Blues? Steve Yzerman's magical shot from the blue line ended the scoreless game in double overtime and, though the Wings lost in the next round to Colorado, set the stage for their back-to-back Cup wins in '97 and '98. It's also the signature goal in Stevie Y's Hall of Fame-bound career.
DANA BUCK, San Diego
How could any serious list of top Game 7s in basketball not include the 1962 L.A. Lakers-Boston Celtics matchup? The Celtics won in overtime after the Lakers missed a last-second shot in regulation. It was the first series in what was to become the NBA's most intense playoff rivalry. It was tough on old-time Lakers fans to lose Game 7 in '69, but I think most of us regard the '62 Finals as the foundation of the Celtics curse that took the Lakers 23 years to shake.
Hermosa Beach, Calif.
Oct. 4, 1955: The Brooklyn Dodgers finally defeat the New York Yankees. Gil Hodges knocks in both runs, and Johnny Podres, SI's Sportsman of the Year for '55, wins 2-0. Now that was a Game 7.
How could you have omitted Game 7 of the '62 World Series between the Giants and the Yankees, a 1-0 complete-game thriller won by Ralph Terry in which Willie McCovey—with Willie Mays on second and Matty Alou on third—after pulling a pitch just foul that would have been a Series-winning home run, hit a ball as hard as can be hit, but right at Yankees second baseman Bobby Richardson for the last out?
ALAN Y. MEDVIN, Princeton, N.J.
The '68 Detroit Tigers came back from a three-games-to-one deficit to beat the St. Louis Cardinals. In Game 7 the seemingly unhittable Bob Gibson, who had already won two games in the Series, started at home but was vanquished as Mickey Lolich won his third game of the Series.
TOM BRANDT, Hubbard Lake, Mich.
Many thanks to Rick Reilly for his honest portrayal of the Gus Christofi tragedy (THE LIFE OF REILLY, May 24). I hope Rick will have one more piece to write on my uncle's death—an article on Jayson Williams's being found guilty of the lesser charge that remains. Williams's being held accountable would help to restore my faith in our judicial system.
ANTHONY CHRISTOFI JR., Fair Lawn, N.J.
Thank you for letting America know what kind of man Christofi was. Gus could have taught Jayson a thing or two. He could have taught him to learn from his mistakes, as Gus had by overcoming alcoholism and drug abuse. He could have taught Jayson to love and respect his family, as Gus clearly did. Jayson obviously had no respect for his family as he demonstrated by brandishing loaded weapons in their home while he was intoxicated.
BRIAN G. DE LA CERDA, Milwaukee