As much as I admired Jack McCallum's The Ugliest Game (Nov. 29) for its depiction of the free-for-all attitude of fans and the poor-me attitude of overpaid pro athletes, I question why race was mentioned at all. As a former correctional officer, I have witnessed the most racially tense environment on earth, the American maximum security prison. I saw no evidence that race played a part in starting the brawl. Professional athletes and their fans do, however, have something in common with my former charges: The really selfish ones never grow up and never take responsibility for the things they do. Shame on everyone involved.
Reid Joy, Dallas
You should've put Kurt Busch on the cover for winning the first Nextel Cup (The Race to End All Races, Nov. 29). Instead, you chose a loser who disrupted a game.
Brian Neal, Bellingham, Wash.
If I'm either stupid enough or drunk enough to throw a drink at an athlete who can bench-press a truck, I deserve to get the crap beat out of me.
Carl Singer, Passaic, N.J.
If Ron Artest had pointed out the fan who threw the cup at him instead of bum-rushing the stands, the fan would have been ejected, the game would have continued, and Artest would still be on the court with the Pacers. That's better than being suspended for the season and heading into a court of law to fight the charges that have been filed against him.
Brook Buxton, Baltimore
The hit Ben Wallace gave Artest after the foul was cause for an ejection. Why did the refs then allow Artest to lie down on the scorer's table? Wallace's throwing a towel at Artest was another opportunity the refs missed to restore order. I hope the NBA officials are held accountable for their nonactions.