Two hundred fifty-two million dollars and A-Rod needs an incentive package?
Dave Russell, Cranbrook, B.C.
Lest We Forget
IN YOUR headline on Frank Deford's story about Tiger Woods you wrote, "In the history of sport, has any other athlete burdened by heavy expectations not just lived up to them but also exceeded our wildest projections?" The answer is: Yes, if you look beyond the narrow confines of the U.S. I refer to Sir Donald George Bradman, the Australian who dominated world cricket from 1928 to '48. His career batting average was 99.94, higher by 50% than that of his nearest rival.
PATRICK CONNER, Bordentown, N.J.
The People's Choice
There was no better choice than Tiger Woods for Sportsman of the Year (Witnessing History, Dec. 18). I was fortunate enough to see Tiger play in the British Open at St. Andrew's. Sitting at the 18th tee and watching Jack Nicklaus cross the Swilken Burn bridge for the last time was moving. But after seeing a determined Tiger tee off and cross the bridge surrounded by a gallery much larger than Nicklaus's, I realized that what I was witnessing was far more important: the passing of the torch.
ARYAN KUSHAN, Silver Spring, Md.
Every year, I save the cover of the Sportsman of the Year issue. I won't need to save the cover this year. I can get the same cover next year, and the year after that, and the year after that....
GUY WASFY, Boston
You guys are morons. You name Tiger Sportsman of the Year, and then you run a cover photo that makes him look like a clown. Bad call.
AL TANNER, Lake Worth, Fla.
I'm not sure who is more lost in the wazoo of Tigermania: Nike Golf president Bob Wood, who finds emotional meaning in Tiger's switch to a non-wound ball, or SI, for printing 19 pages of eyewitness testimony to Tiger's achievements. Gimme a break!
DANIEL SILVERBERG, Stanford, Calif.
Although Tom Verducci's article was about the pursuit of Alex Rodriguez, I found it interesting that neither Scott Boras, Tom Hicks nor Doug Melvin mentioned how much Rodriguez is going to improve the Rangers, a team that had the worst ERA in baseball and finished 20½ games out in the American League West (Powerball, Dec. 18). All they talked about was how marketable he is. Hey, Tom Hicks, meet Peter Angelos. You two will get along nicely.
MIKE CAMACHO, Middletown, Del.
This week's Sign of the Apocalypse? Hicks pays Rodriguez $252 million to play baseball. He paid only $250 million to purchase the team. And the Rangers are still in desperate need of pitching.
MIKE WELLS, Katy, Texas
More power to A-Rod. However, he needs to understand that winning and losing occur as the result of the collective effort of 25 players. If the Rangers fail to win championships, Rodriguez will need to shoulder his share of the responsibility and not suggest that Texas's failure to invest in pitchers, outfielders, et al. was the problem.
JIM BRACEY, East Greenwich, R.I.