Having a Ball
As a former ball kid and the current chairman of the ball kid committee at the RCA Championships in Indianapolis, I enjoyed Rick Reilly's hilarious column on serving as a ball person at the U.S. Open (Life of Reilly, Sept. 19). I will be certain to make my future ball kids read this article so they can know that their work has been recognized and appreciated.
Dylan Reynolds, West Lafayette, Ind.
Apparently, some of my subscription money is being set aside so Reilly can live out his little participatory sports fantasies. O.K., I get it, Rick: You can go places the Average Joe can't because you're Rick Reilly. Now grow up.
M.G. Missanelli, Wynnewood, Pa.
Steve Rushin's Some High, Hard Ones (Air and Space, Sept. 19) omitted the most obvious sports question of them all: Why do boxers circle each other in a square ring?
Jerry Schwartz, Chamblee, Ga.
Rushin asked what former Reds outfielder Cesar Geronimo yelled when jumping out of an airplane? I am going to guess he yelled, "Meeeeeeeeeeeeeeee."
Scott Moore, Manchester, N.H.
If one synchronized swimmer drowns, will they all drown?
Jim Wolff, Berlin, Wis.
'Tis Better to Receive
Peter King's comparison of receivers Jerry Rice and Don Hutson (INSIDE THE NFL, Sept. 19) with their peers has a historical footnote: When Hutson, who was from Pine Bluff, Ark., played college ball for Alabama, the Crimson Tide's other end was from nearby Fordyce, Ark.--a guy named Paul Bryant. The Bear had been a high school teammate of the same Jim Benton who was second to Hutson in King's chart. Maybe the sticky pine resin on their hands accounted for two such remarkable receivers as Hutson and Benton growing up so close to each other.
Warren Wiltshire, Ridgeland, Miss.
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