I am looking at the Dec. 23 cover of Sports Illustrated (True Grit, Why the Packers Keep on Winning), and I am reminded of a similar cover from back in the mid-'60s. It featured Bart Starr from about straight on, wearing Green Bay's traveling white uniform. The shoulder of a 49er in his red jersey was also visible. I have a lot of my old SIs, but not that one. Could you show that cover again?
DOUG SUTHERLAND, Charlotte
No Brotherly Love
What the hell was Michael Bamberger thinking when he wrote about the last Eagles game in Philadelphia's Veterans Stadium (SCORECARD, Dec. 23)? Philly fans are fanatic, I'll give them that, but they have no class. Having grown up a Cowboys fan, I realize it's a heated rivalry, but to cheer Michael Irvin's injury shows unbelievably poor sportsmanship. The "fans" who applauded Irvin's being hurt should get a special treat when the Vet finally comes down: watching from the inside.
BRETT KENSCHAFT, Denver
Stanley Roberts's ability to admit fault, forgive others and take responsibility is missing in many sports role models, and is much more inspiring than the ability to win a championship (His Own Worst Enemy, Dec. 23). The article also showed that Shaq has all the same qualities, not just the last one. We can all learn something from the character of these two men.
STEPHEN BROWN, Arlington, Va.
Should we pity this man-child whose $35 million fortune was squandered to surround himself with drugs, women, mansions and a bevy of friends? Want to spread some well-placed pity? Start with Roberts's fatherless, unwanted children.
ROBERT WOLFF, Moorestown, N.J.
Like Steve Rushin, I enjoy a cold beer on occasion, but beer sales are the biggest reason I no longer attend sports events (AIR AND SPACE, Dec. 23). It's just not worth subjecting myself to the consequences.
JACK GRIFFITH, Miami
Real deer hunters do not peruse catalogs and load up with gimmicks as Rick Reilly would have you believe (THE LIFE OF REILLY, Dec. 23). A real deer hunter's idea of a great day is getting into the woods before dawn, listening to and observing all the sounds and sights of the forest waking up, and spending the day away from phones, e-mail, etc. Real deer hunters don't need to kill anything or even take a shot to enjoy a day in the woods. Oh, by the way, if a trophy deer wanders by, real deer hunters prefer to take only one shot. Rick, please go back to writing about sports that you understand.
BOB STERN, Novato, Calif.
Reilly's probably just a traditionalist. I'm sure his golf bag is full of persimmon-headed woods, balata balls, steel shafts and metal spikes. Hell, I bet he even does his Stairmaster workout in a pair of canvas Chuck Taylors. Hunt on, old-schooler.
DAVID CARROLL, Fort Mill, S.C.
I am an outdoorsman and avid hunter who looks forward each fall to the start of hunting season. The special camaraderie of friends in the field coupled with Mother Nature's beauty brings about a sense of peacefulness and anticipation that only a hunter understands. Reilly is correct in criticizing the occasional yahoos who take unfair, yet legal, advantages over the game they stalk, but they are the exception, not the rule. I am a hunting purist and believe in keeping an even playing field, but goshdarnit, them bucks are tricky—which is why I use my Bushnell Yardage Pro laser rangefinder ($179).
MARK BISHOP, East Syracuse, N.Y.
For those of us who were taught by our dads and grandfathers how to respect the land and animals that God has created, Reilly's attempt at humor is offensive.
LYLE McCAW, Medford, Ore.
Most hunters I know value physical fitness, truly wild wildlife, primitive stalking and woodcraft skills, and are appalled by laziness, high-tech gadgets and the shooting of captive animals. I hope Reilly's harangue will help bring our lost brethren to their senses before the vast nonhunting majority of Americans get mad enough to regulate hunting back to the Stone Age. I'd like to see the technology rolled back, but maybe just to 1950. I kind of like my binoculars and scoped.308.
DON BURGESS, Florence, Mont.