It's no wonder
that mint juleps at this year's Kentucky Derby will cost as much as $1,000
(Scorecard, April 24). The price of sugar from the "island of Mauritius in
the South Pacific" must be astronomical. Now, if you're getting your sugar
from the island of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean, it might be more
Dan Sullivan, Alexandria, Va.
(April 17) mentioned that now that Sergei Liakhovich is a heavyweight champion,
there are two Russians with that title. Sergei, however, is from Belarus, an
independent former Soviet republic. The great people of Belarus are having
enough problems right now without SI merging them into Russia.
Scott Center, Savannah
It is with great
sadness that I read of the banning of the fumblerooski--a trick play in which
the ball is snapped, then laid on the ground to be picked up by an offensive
lineman--by the National Federation of State High School Associations
(Scorecard, April 24). The fumblerooski, which I was twice allowed to run in my
last high school football game, allows the wide-bottomed and slow-footed, so
often overlooked, to finally reap some glory. If the association really wants
to "eliminate confusion in a ball game," it should also ban the
no-huddle, the spread, the shotgun and any backfield consisting of more than
one running back, all of which are likely to cause confusion among
Trey Tyndall, Shreveport, La.
I wonder if Rick
Reilly, in The Magical and Mysterious Oz (Life of Reilly, April 24), was
talking about the same Ozzie Guillen I saw interviewed, along with several
other White Sox, on The Oprah Winfrey Show several months ago. On that show
Guillen spoke with a distinct accent but was easily understood; he sounded
nothing like the man in Reilly's column. Maybe Guillen has a ballpark accent
that he uses to confuse interviewers.
Elmer R. Umbenhauer
Cape May Court House, N.J.
I love the Life
of Reilly, but I want to remind Rick of what Guillen, Rick's "favorite
person in baseball," said on June 17, 2005. Speaking of insinuations by
White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle that a Cubs pitcher throws a spitball, Guillen
said, "If you don't get caught, you're a smart player or pitcher. If you
get caught you're cheating.... Just don't get caught." As for his pitchers,
Guillen said, "As long as they win games, I hope they cheat." These are
not words that were misunderstood because of Ozzie's English.
Robert Harris, Deerfield, Ill.
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