Jack McCallum's NBA Finals story (Road to Redemption, June 16) was the epitome of eloquence, describing Kobe Bryant and Paul Pierce as "streamlined sumos fighting for position" and saying that Pierce "waits, impatiently, just outside the velvet ropes of superstardom." His writing is so sonorous that it's a pleasure to subvocalize while reading.
Douglas J. Foran, Aloha, Ore.
Your story about the Red Wings' latest championship run stated that the Wings "are basically the New England Patriots on skates" (Spreading Their Wings, June 9). Let's see, the Wings are one of the classiest teams in the league, they were never accused of cheating, and they actually won their championship this year. How does that make them like the Patriots?
Kristine Suzuki Sasieta, Chicago
Tiger Woods may have said about the Stanley Cup finals, "I don't really care.... I don't think anyone really watches hockey anymore" (Fantastic Finish, June 16). But I have seen him limping around the U.S. Open and not complaining about the pain. Seems to me he is more of a hockey player than he knows!
Tracy Saur, Rockford, Mich.
Detroit is Hockeytown again—just check the parade turnout, Tiger! Never saw a golf parade like that, ay?
Dan Kummer, Troy, Mich.
The McKay Way
I grew up with the precable coverage of sports, and Jim McKay (PLAYERS, June 16) was a fixture in our home on weekends as we religiously tuned into ABC's Wide World of Sports. I can still remember how McKay treated each sport, no matter how obscure, with respect and enthusiasm. I believe he would appreciate that the issue commemorating his life would also have a story extolling the glory of table tennis (Opening Volley, June 16) and its impact on America's international relations.
Terry Dinterman, Palatine, Ill.
Don't Forget Eddie
I cringed when I read Chipper Jones (A Jones for Hitting, June 16) described as "the baddest switch-hitter since Mickey Mantle." How does a man who is one of three clean members of the 3,000 hit, 500 home run club get so often overlooked when it comes to talking about the greatest switch-hitters of all time? Please, let's give Eddie Murray his due.
Andrew O'Donnell, Laurel, Md.