Yes, Indy fans, your "Colt Heroes" (Feb. 12) finally won the Super
Bowl. Just wanted to remind you that they did it in the blue-and-white uniform
and horseshoe helmet of the Baltimore Colts. It's only fitting that the
Mayflower moving company get a championship ring—and that in Indianapolis
tradition, it be presented in the middle of the night.
Rocky Winer, El Cajon, Calif.
As an Indy native
I know well the pain and ridicule this city has been subjected to.
"Nap" town, Indi-a-no-place, Cowtown—you name, we've been called it.
When the Colts moved here from Baltimore in 1984, it was our chance to prove
that we could run with the big guys. Twenty-odd years later and after hearing
"Wait till next season" many times, we in Indianapolis can proudly say
that we're champs!
Jane Sullivan, Indianapolis
At the end of
2007, when memories of Super Bowl XLI will have grown foggier, please remember
Tony Dungy and Peyton Manning for Sportsmen of the Year consideration. These
class gentlemen are champions, and perhaps more important, they embody what is
right in sports.
Nicholas Owen Detmer, Indianapolis
What a marvelous
human being Tony Dungy is. A reporter asks him the most painful question
possible (A Father's Wish, Feb. 12), and he answers it in the most tender
manner. At the time of a great accomplishment he thinks of others, like Eagles
coach Andy Reid. We need more people like Tony Dungy in all areas of life.
John G. Guay, Waukesha, Wis.
In your article on Carlos Delgado (More Than a Big Stick, Feb. 12), you say
that only seven MLB players have had longer streaks of consecutive seasons with
an OPS (on-base plus slugging percentages) of at least .900. But something is
up when a statistic dealing with power hitters does not include Babe Ruth, Ted
Williams or Barry Bonds. If you ignore your requirement for a minimum of 500
plate appearances, you find that Ted Williams had an OPS of less than 1.000
only once in his career, that Barry Bonds has had an OPS of more than .900 for
17 straight years, and Babe Ruth had an OPS of more than .900 for 17 straight
years. Is Delgado a great slugger? Yes. Has he managed to stay healthy (or not
serve in a war)? Yes. Does he belong in a "Pantheon of Power"? Not even
Stephan L. Dejean, New York City
One way for a football player to sustain a concussion (SCORECARD, Feb. 12) or
worse is completely avoidable: putting his helmet on the ball in an attempt to
jar it loose. That technique is not only bad tackling form but also potentially
dangerous—instead of the head being up, the neck is bowed. Can we get coaches,
fans and especially TV announcers to quit celebrating "putting a hat on the
Mark Vitali, Hacienda Heights, Calif.
Can someone give me a reason that NHL players are glorified for fighting (The
Fighting Duck, Feb. 12), while NBA players are vilified for the same act?
Michael Flanders, Los Angeles
Teeing Up Rex
From this Packers fan's perspective there was only one thing better than
reading Rick Reilly's harsh and insensitive column about Rex Grossman's
performance in Super Bowl XLI (LIFE OF REILLY, Feb. 12): reading it a second
Lowell Johnson, Manitowoc, Wis.
Thanks for your
scathing column on Rex Grossman. Although I don't agree with any of it, you did
much to ensure his future success. This hardship will only serve to strengthen
his character, confidence and grace under pressure. The best of Rex is yet to
Susan Forney, Bloomington, Ind.
will still love Rex Grossman anyway. After 100 years of failure by the Cubs,
what's one bad Super Bowl by our quarterback?
Chris Lindberg, Barrington, Ill.