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February 28, 2005
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February 28, 2005


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I find it disappointing that SPORTS ILLUSTRATED would publish, with signature withheld, a letter accusing my husband, coach Ed Nizwantowski, of ignoring a player's drug use (LETTERS, Jan. 17). In The Pride of Peabody (Dec. 20), a story about Marlins pitcher Jeff Allison's addiction to OxyContin, my husband and our son, Brad, both had the courage and fortitude to publicly address the drug issue in spite of what drugs did to Brad and how painful it is for our family. Believe me, it would have been easier to ignore this problem, but too many young people had already died. I believe Louis Perullo, a member of Peabody's school committee, said it best: "It took an article in a national magazine for people to finally address the drug problem in our community." The hard times and the criticism that my husband and our family are now enduring, not to mention my husband's loss of his coaching positions (SCORECARD, Feb. 7) in the aftermath of your article on the OxyContin epidemic, are worth the heartache because the tragic results are now being addressed. And that will, hopefully, save lives.

Patricia Nizwantowski
Peabody, Mass.

Rocky Topped

You made the same mistake as the Associated Press by printing that the late Coley Wallace knocked out Rocky Marciano as an amateur (SCORECARD, Feb. 7). Wallace twice knocked down Marciano when they met in the first round of the 1948 Eastern Golden Gloves in New York City, but he did not score a KO. You also wrote that it was the only amateur loss for Marciano, who went 49-0 with 43 knockouts as a pro. Wrong again. In addition to being beaten by Wallace, Marciano lost as an amateur to Joe DeAngelis and Bob Girard by decision and to Henry Lester by disqualification.

Mike Houser, Reno

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