Reilly's sob story about Billy Buck doesn't fly for this Red Sox fan as long as he makes joint appearances with Mookie Wilson and gets paid to sign pictures of his gaffe. If he really thinks it's unfair for Sox fans to harp on his misplay, he shouldn't perpetuate it by creating trophies for gloating Mets fans.
Michael J. Sage, Clifton, N.J.
Secretary of Defense
It is hard to fathom how Call It the Twiceman (Dec. 6) didn't even mention the true college player of the year. Texas linebacker Derrick Johnson is the most complete and most dominating player in college football this year, winner of the Butkus and Nagurski awards. He has the best combination of speed, power and leadership of any college linebacker in decades. He never had less than a great game, never came off the field because of an injury, made game-turning plays throughout the year and played biggest in the biggest games. Too bad that the Heisman award really recognizes only the offensive player of the year.
Rob Kessler, Palacios, Texas
Paint by Numbers
The story on paintball, Who Thought This Was a Good Idea? (Dec. 6), mentioned that it's mostly teenagers who compete. Well, right up to my mid60s I played the game, along with two sons and a stepson, on whatever team was available. I'm 70 now and still planning to get out there next spring.
Marty Friedman, Morristown, N.J.
My eyeball and eye socket were recently destroyed by someone playing a "harmless" prank with a paintball gun. Parents should remember that paintball guns are exactly that: guns and not toys.
Ryan Gerulf, Moscow, Idaho