The Great Pigskin Debate between Condoleezza Rice and James Carville (Scorecard, Aug. 23) was great fun, but it clearly pointed out distinctions between the two combatants, and perhaps between the two parties: Rice was informed, thorough, analytical, respectful and positive. Carville was ill-informed, discourteous, bombastic, bumbling and negative.
Ken Tippery, Royal Oak, Mich.
I was struck by Carville's blatant dislike for the Michigan Wolverines. I can't help but wonder where this hatred comes from. Could it be that the Wolverines are the alltime winningest team in Division IA history? Or is it the fact that they have won more than five times as many national titles as Mr. Carville's beloved LSU Tigers? I guess playing "dull, uninspired, gutless football, year in and year out" as Carville described it, has been very successful at Michigan.
Robert Keene, Lexington, S.C.
Mr. Carville should praise, not criticize, the BCS. That flawed system allowed his LSU Tigers to avoid a head-to-head meeting with USC and ultimately gave a piece of the national title to LSU.
Scott Parsell, Chicago
I found Rick Reilly's column about carrying the Olympic torch disrespectful (The Life of Reilly, Aug. 23). Why did he bother to carry the torch? Just so he could write about his buffoonery?
Lou Ganim, Clifton Park, N.Y.