Thanks for a very nice article by Franz (Flipped His) Lidz on ESPN sportscaster Chris Berman (Yabba-dabba-doo! March 26). Berman appears to be having more fun on the job than Brent Musburger (and Fries) or Bob Costas (a Lot of Money) ever dreamed of. I rank him at the top, along with Pat Summerall (the Same) and John Madden (Heaven).
When the U.S. Open golf championship was held here last year, our station worked with Berman while he was in town to cover the event. On the air, he comes across as someone you would like to sit around and shoot the breeze with about sports. Off the air, we got the same guy, maybe better. I have the feeling that if he went to NBC, he would change the network before it changed him.
By the way, his nicknames extend to golf. He even gave us one for our local PGA Tour player, Jeff ( Seattle) Sluman.
Sports Director WOKR-TV
I offer two nicknames for Berman's consideration: Greg Gagne (with a Spoon) of the Twins and Rob (Veg) Dibble of the Reds.
JOHN S. LONGO
Dwight Gooden (Plenty), Doug (Eenie, Meenie, Meinie) Moe of the Nuggets, Ruben Sierra ( Nevada) and Tony Gwynn (and Bear It).
Jamie ( Nestle) Quirk and Bob (Intentional) Walk.
RYAN C. SLATTERY
From this year's NCAA basketball tournament: Tyrone (Blueberry) Hill of Xavier, Joey (Dudley Do) Wright, Lance (Fill in the) Blanks and Locksley Collie (Oley in Free!) of Texas and Toraino (My Parade) Walker of Connecticut.
MATTHEW K. MEYERS
I enjoyed Rick Reilly's subtle tribute to Yogi Berra in Reilly's story on Nick Faldo's Masters victory (True Brit, April 16): "For Faldo, the playoff was d�j� vu. For Faldo, the playoff was d�j� vu."
ROBERT P. MARSHALL JR.
New York City
Thanks to Rick Reilly for the hilarious article about Augusta's 12th hole (The 12th, April 2). I'm curious: In poring over Augusta lore, did Reilly come across any golfers who consistently mastered, if that indeed is the word to use, the hole?
JULIAN TIMOTHY FRIEND