Sports fans, meet the African-American version of Howard Cosell.
Edward Brinz, Houston
It is obvious that Rick Reilly did not do his homework before writing his column about the Bidwill family, owners of the Arizona Cardinals (Life of Reilly, Aug. 1). The Cardinals' onfield record may be questionable, but the Bidwills' record of philanthropy and impact on the valley community is not. With little fanfare the Bidwills have helped many meaningful projects in the greater Phoenix area, and there are also important improvements taking place within the Cardinals franchise. A state-of-the-art stadium that is being readied for the 2006 season, the addition of respected coach Dennis Green, and better draft and free-agency decisions don't seem to jibe with Reilly's negative evaluation of the franchise. Even some of Reilly's media colleagues are predicting the Cardinals will be competitive in their division this season.
Roc Arnett, Gilbert, Ariz.
Rick, as a longtime Arizona Cardinals season-ticket holder, all I can say is, Welcome to my world!
Terri Amabisca, Tempe, Ariz.