In D Mood
Thank you for placing Dwight Freeney on the cover (He Puts the D in Indy, Oct. 17). You have given a face to defensive greatness in an offense-driven game. Not only has he accomplished phenomenal feats on the field, but he has accomplished them through discipline and desire. His game is big, his heart is huge, and his dedication is immeasurable.
Jennifer Holowaty, Columbia, Conn.
Poor Freeney, who resents his teammate Peyton Manning for being a quarterback and who seems to think it's a shame he can't hit Manning in practice. Maybe Freeney could take a few snaps and see how "easy" Manning has it.
Brian Breighner, Cumberland, Md.
Let's give Indianapolis the first five opponents that New England had. Would the Colts still have a 5-0 record? We will find out just how good that defense is against New England, San Diego, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati and Jacksonville later this year.
Walter R. White, East Boston, Mass.
Was it just me, or was anybody else offended by your cover-story quote by Dwight Freeney? I'm a 45-year-old father of four and am, by far, not the last one to let a foul word fly. But I wouldn't say "sucks" in front of my mother, for fear my old man would still smack me in the mouth.
Joseph Murphy, Wolcott, Conn.
Your story on Darius Washington, the Memphis player who had to get over missing foul shots that cost his team a trip to the NCAA tournament, was most refreshing (Out of the Darkness, Oct. 17). What a great example of true sportsmanship--from the fans, media, family and team.
C.D. Gray, Kerrville, Texas
After reading about Washington and what he has gone through since his infamous three free throws, I thought it would be all right to grab the shirt I was wearing and cover my tears as well.
Aidan Byrnes, Binghamton, N.Y.
A Beautiful Mind
Your book excerpt on Bill Belichick (The Making of a Coach, Oct. 17) brought back memories. As a boy I saw Bill's father, Steve, play fullback for Western Reserve. He was hard-nosed, rugged and smart. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree.
Gordon S. Golder, Gaithersburg, Md.