Melting in Motown
Pierre McGuire asserts that the empty seats at Red Wings playoff games are attributable to the downturn in the Detroit economy (INSIDE THE NHL, May 7). While that may be a convenient explanation, the truth is, the empty seats reflect the declining popularity of the NHL even in Hockeytown. The Pistons had no trouble selling out 41 regular-season and their playoff games this year in an arena that seats 2,000 more than the Red Wings' does, and the Tigers, on the heels of winning the 2006 pennant, saw their attendance increase more than 10,000 per game through the first 17 games this season compared with the first 17 games of 2006.
David Schmidt, Harleysville, Pa.
I was deeply moved by L. Jon Wertheim's article on the tragedy of the Bluffton University baseball team (The Heroes of Bluffton, May 7). I was particularly touched by the response of John Betts when he was asked if he was angry over the death of his son, David. Betts faithfully responded, "Angry? David was a gift from God I had for more than 20 years. How can I be angry about a gift?" If only we could all approach adversity with such perspective.
Jamie Lane, Elizabethtown, Ky.
Mocking the Draft
Thank you, Rick Reilly, for catching ESPN analyst Steve Young using "resurgence" as a verb during the NFL draft broadcast (LIFE OF REILLY, May 7). You are doing a great job grammaring us.
William H. Berger, Franklin, Tenn.
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