I guess the Pittsburgh Steelers' Jerome Bettis--who attended Notre Dame--can still depend on the luck of the Irish (Next Stop Indy!, Jan. 16). The Sports Illustrated cover jinx only got him halfway. He fumbled the ball against the Indianapolis Colts, but the Steelers won the game.
Christan Aisenbrey, Mableton, Ga.
Shootout! (Jan. 16), your NHL midseason report, was a great read. I am very pleased with the rules changes instituted this year. As you noted, the shootouts are exciting for all, including the staunchest old-school fans who refuse to acknowledge it. (You know who you are, and I saw you leaning forward in your first row seat.)
Carmen Tierno, Marlton, N.J.
A shootout is not an appropriate way to end a game. It's like finishing a tied baseball game with a home run hitting contest.
Aaron Keeping, Vista, Calif.
Stepping Up to the Plates
Did I enjoy Steve Rushin's column on vanity license plates (Air and Space, Jan. 16)? As my Three Stooges--inspired plate says, ysoitnly!