Putting Hockey on Ice
Much as a reputable carpenter won't mask dry-rotted wood with some extra paint, the NHL needs more than a cosmetic, short-term fix (The Death of the NHL and Its Plans for Resurrection, Feb. 21). Blowing up the league and recasting it prudently is the only way the NHL can save itself. When economic sanity returns, let's make sure the new NHL is truly fan-friendly: no more $100 tickets or $8 beers!
John P. Gaffigan, Fairfax Station, Va.
It seems that the NHL threw a funeral and no one came. Ho-hum. RIP.
Jim Riddle, Naples, Fla.
As a 53-year-old nonsportswoman, I have never bought an issue of SI, but I am educated in psychology. Alicia Hall caught my attention as I was channel-surfing and came upon SI's 2005 Swimsuit Model Search. Hers is the most vulnerable, most powerful face and most moving Everyperson story I have witnessed. I cried when she won. What is so special about Alicia? Her life, her struggle, her raw emotion and her desperation to make good. I don't know if it was acting or set up, but I will tell you this: It was a great story. We have not seen a beauty like this since Gina Lollobrigida.
Alexi K. Hillton, Lanexa, Va.