My 11-year-old son is more influenced by your magazine than anything he reads at school. I am so pleased that you did a cover story on climate change (Going, Going Green, March 12). When a mainstream magazine like SI features a global concern, your position as a voice of conscience is publicly registered. You did the right thing.
Michelle Holman, Deadwood, Ore.
Global warming is a political agenda to expand government into every aspect of our freedoms, and it is so sad to see SI buying into it. Human beings could not alter the climate of the earth even if we put everything we had into trying to do so.
Robert Haase, St. Charles, Ill.
What next, Al Gore for Sportsman of the Year?
Joe Abramson, Royal Oak, Mich.
It's March 6, and I'm off to shovel the half foot of snow from my driveway so I can start building my ark. Enjoy your Kool-Aid.
Randy B. Walker, Uniontown, Pa.
As a landscape architecture graduate student at the University of Florida, I loved your section on the arena of the future. However, in regards to the air vents that cool fans once their seats are flipped down (so as to only cool as necessary)—that would not work here. We student fans stand and scream the entire game!
Neal Schafers, Gainesville, Fla.
Your story states that the Cooks Creek Golf Club in Ashville, Ohio, is a "great testing ground for vehicles powered by newly developed fuels such as hydrogen cells and biodiesel." With obesity on the rise, I offer the following proposal for golf courses: Provide carts only for disabled players.
Allen Warren, Forest Grove, Ore.
As a lifelong Bengals fan I've often wondered what might have been had Paul Brown handed the reins to Bill Walsh (The Top of His Game, March 12) instead of yes-man Tiger Johnson. By all accounts Walsh was the obvious choice at the time, and he had every right to feel scorned. With a succession of pitiful coaches, we have paid the price in Cincy for a long time. Walsh's mentoring ways, unlike Paul Brown's, are much to be admired.
Rob Singler, Cincinnati
Pins and Needles
In your report on performance-enhancing drugs (Inside the Steroid Sting, March 12) NFL union head Gene Upshaw says he is against blood testing because he doesn't want NFL players to become "pin cushions." It seems as if many have already made themselves pin cushions, Gene!
Edward L. Marut, Winnetka, Ill.
As a loyal Brooklyn Dodgers fan, I mourn the loss of Clem Labine (PLAYERS, March 12), a clutch pitcher who was underappreciated. One of his more unbelievable stats: He retired Stan Musial—the greatest NL hitter of his time and a man who made a career of killing Dodgers pitching—49 consecutive times.
Bob Kurtzer, Denver, N.Y.
I coach my son's seventh-grade basketball team and have run into many teams that resemble the well-heeled Texas Titans (LIFE OF REILLY, March 12). They are dressed in the best uniforms and have three or four coaches and an entourage. While all of those material things are nice, they don't make the team. It is adversity that builds what is really important—character, camaraderie and desire.
Dan Potter, Tigard, Ore.