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Stephen Desjardins, Orlando
As a father of three daughters myself, I completely understand Coach Cowher's feelings about his girls. One of the toughest parts of being away is not being able to attend, or help coach, their various sports activities. Hey, all you athletes and coaches who produce children and then ignore them--pay attention to what life is really about.
I was confused and saddened by the Leading Off (Jan. 17) picture of Jermaine O'Neal, who had pledged $1,000 for every point he scored to tsunami relief victims, trying to shoot a free throw while being distracted by San Antonio Spurs fans. I have been tough in my attitude toward NBA players, but if the fans in San Antonio waving their inflatable tokens of selfishness are representative of what NBA players have to deal with every night, I owe those players an apology.
Dave Stedman, Birmingham
When I went back home recently, my father handed me a plastic-wrapped issue of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED. He said, "Give this to your brother, it came in the mail last week. Take a look at the date." The issue was from Dec. 7, 1981, and the cover featured Tony Dorsett of the Dallas Cowboys. Addressed to my brother, it arrived in perfect condition--I couldn't believe it--23 years after it was sent.
Christine Murphy, Monroe, N.Y.
As I leafed through my incoming mail in my office yesterday afternoon, I came across an issue of SI--which was unusual because my subscription goes to my home address. Furthermore the cover showed Alonzo Mourning and Bill Russell, and it touted Mourning "and other young stars" as "The Now Generation." It was part of the NBA Preview Issue for the 1993-94 season (Nov. 8, 1993)! While I have heard of postal service delays, I have never before experienced anything like an 11-year, 2-month and 16-day wait for a magazine to arrive. Maybe my '93 tax refund will arrive in the mail next week.