Steve Rushin made me a hero when he wrote about how I lost my two front teeth in the Baltimore locker room and Big Daddy Lipscomb stepped on my bridgework (Air and Space, Jan. 9). Big Daddy wanted to pay for my new dentures, but the Colts picked up the tab. That season, 1956, was John Unitas's first in Baltimore, and our team also included Hall of Famers Ray Berry, Art Donovan, Gino Marchetti, Lenny Moore, Don Shula and coach Weeb Ewbank. It was an honor to play with those guys--and for Rushin to put me on the same page with coaches Bobby Bowden, Lou Holtz, Bill Parcells, Joe Paterno and Dick Vermeil.
Bernie Flowers, Bonita Springs, Fla.
Alexander the Great
Thank you for your article on Alexander Ovechkin (The Russian Evolution, Jan. 9). I know this is sacrilegious--especially to Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux fans--but Ovechkin is the most exciting hockey player I have seen since Bobby Orr. At least 10 times this season I have bolted off my couch and shouted, "Oh, my God, that's the most amazing goal I have ever seen!" Don't tell Caps owner Ted Leonsis, but I'd pay twice as much for my tickets just to watch him play.
David Domnitch, Burke, Va.
E.M. Swift's powerful article (What Went Wrong in Winthrop, Jan. 9) made me recall the pain my community went through almost 20 years ago. I was living in Spencer, Mass., in 1986 and was the captain of the football team when we lost a player to suicide. In the following months another 24 teens in the area attempted suicide. It seemed like our town was out of control, but somehow we all grew stronger together from this cruel lesson.
Corby Bowerfind, Cumberland, R.I.