Kenny Moore's story on Jackie and Al Joyner (Ties That Bind, April 27) is a keeper. I intend to save it so my boys can read it when they are older—to reinforce the idea that success is not something you can buy but that it is achieved through a strong value system, hard work, dedication and a love of what you do. The story was so beautifully written that I could swear I heard music emanating from those pages. Bravo Jackie, Al, Mary—and Kenny.
JANICE A. PARR
I ran the Boston Marathon (To Boston with Love, April 20) this year and experienced the crowds, the enthusiasm, the energy, the pain and the euphoria of finishing. I have never felt anything like it and will not soon forget it. Leigh Montville's article described the unique setting, but you really have to be there to appreciate just how incredible the event is. To me it is truly what sport is all about: striving to achieve the not-quite impossible.
As a longtime spectator of the Boston Marathon, I was delighted by Montville's article. You could feel his love for that great event. It was certainly the best piece about the Boston Marathon I have ever read.
Thank you for giving our Brewers some exposure in your April 27 issue (A Heady Start). John Iacono's cover photograph of Rob Deer captured the drama of what has been baseball's hottest team.
I began to feel this season might be something special when my family and I joined about 10,000 other fans the day before the season opener to watch our Brewers practice and go through warm-up drills. And to think that the Braves deserted us 21 years ago to go to what they thought were greener pastures.
The Milwaukee Brewers are the best 23rd-highest-paid team in the history of the major leagues.
Perm Valley, Pa.
I could not agree more with E.M. Swift's POINT AFTER (April 13). Isn't it a shame that such a spectacular sporting event as the Stanley Cup tournament is ruined by rich owners trying to get richer? All that is gained by scheduling more games is lousy, tired play in the later rounds. I think it's time we went back to shorter Stanley Cup playoffs.
Huntington, N. Y.
I'm stunned by the lack of logic in professional sports. The playoff systems in hockey and basketball are laughable. Teams must only avoid being horrible. Being mediocre is good enough.
If the NHL would become more concerned with the quality of play night after night, I believe the almighty dollars would follow automatically.
North Bay, Ont.
In his article on the Flyers-Rangers playoff (A Series with Punch, April 20), Austin Murphy wrote that the Flyers are a goon squad. We Flyer fans have been hearing this for years. But in Games 5 and 6, the Flyers did not engage in a single fight, and they won, 3-1 and 5-0.