Vijay Singh won the PGA Championship because Justin Leonard collapsed on the final four holes (Straits to the Top, Aug. 23). He is a grinder who plays every week and thereby wins more often than other top players. But the best in the world? Please. The top player this year is Phil Mickelson, without question.
Ralph S. Brax, Lancaster, Calif.
Boomer or Bust?
Charles Pierce missed the whole point of Chris Berman's popularity (Boom Times, Aug. 23). Pierce mentions Boomer's roots as a fan but doesn't acknowledge his passion for the sports he covers. The excitement he brings to NFL PrimeTime and his descriptions of a Rrrraaaaiidddaaass versus San Diego SuperChargers game are infectious.
Joe Werner, Louisville
With his worn-out catchphrases and inane nicknames, Berman has set an unfortunate standard for today's breed of shtick-over-substance broadcasters. More important, he violates the most basic standard of journalism: not making yourself part of the story.
Jeff M. Perlman, Sherman Oaks, Calif.
Pierce accuses ESPN (and Chris Berman) of blurring the line between the E, entertainment, and the S, sports. Excuse me? I thought sports were supposed to be entertaining. Many people follow sports because they offer us a temporary respite from the everyday realities of the world.
Cameron L. Macdonald, Madison, Wis.
Pierce ridicules Chris Berman for turning sports into entertainment and for having too much fun on the air. Pierce should laud Berman for enjoying sports and his job.