Austin Murphy's piece about the planned BCS Mud Bowl is right on target (SCORECARD, June 21). The situation gets worse every time they try to fix it. Truth is, it can't be fixed under any variation of the present format.
JIM CLARK, Sweetwater, Texas
Austin Murphy claims the BCS system "fails to deliver a clear-cut national champion." He's wrong. The clear-cut national champions were the LSU Tigers. If USC had a problem with the BCS, it should have refused to abide by such a system before the season.
MARK BROUSSARD, Crowley, La.
The Fight Stuff
Punching Up Hockey (THE LIFE OF REILLY, June 21) seems like a pretty good idea. Maybe we could do the same thing for the second most boring sport, baseball. I would pay good money to see Roger Clemens and Derek Jeter go a couple of rounds.
RUSTIN TAWATER, Crawford, Texas
Real hockey fans know that fighting is not what makes hockey the most exciting and most demanding sport in the world. No other team sport requires as much skill, speed, power, endurance, smarts and commitment as hockey.
CHARLIE GLAWS, Montclair, N.J.
Charles the Great
I was profoundly moved by your poignant tribute to Ray Charles (LEADING OFF, June 21). This beautiful picture is consistent with SI's insightful and often outstanding ability to integrate sports with other world events.
HANK HUNTER, Arlington, Va.