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In his interview with Dan Patrick (JUST MY TYPE, Dec. 22), Minnesota tight end Visanthe Shiancoe wondered about the type of person viewing the widely circulated video of him accidentally exposed in the locker room. I'm a 52-year-old, happily married mother of three and a registered nurse who has seen plenty of naked bodies. I saw the video, and he looked fabulous! I don't recall what his face looks like though, so I better go back and check it out again.
It's nice to see Chauncey Billups, one of the NBA's most underrated players, doing well in his hometown of Denver (Home Cookin', Dec. 22). This is the last guy the opposition wants to see at the line with time running out, and he is an unbelievable leader with a great basketball IQ. Those intangibles are just a few of the reasons why he is one of the NBA's best point guards.
On the Cheap
I enjoyed Joe Posnanski's article about the winter meetings in Vegas (Take Me Out to ... the Winter Meetings in Vegas, Baby, Vegas, Dec. 22). As a Twins fan I had to laugh when he quoted Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire talking about his jacket and saying, "You know what I paid for this? I paid $580. I could have bought three jackets at Target for that." That, in a nutshell, is why—if the Twins are lucky enough to make the playoffs—they will always lose in the first round.
For the Good of Mankind
Your story on The Wrestler described former WWE champion Mick Foley as "decidedly homeless-looking" when he appeared at a screening of the film and compared him with the "washed-up" main character (The Year in Sports Media, Dec. 22). Your readers should know there is more to Foley. Since 1992 Mick has been supporting needy children through the Christian Children's Fund; over the last few years he has donated more than $250,000 for early-childhood-development centers, community centers and health clinics in rural areas of the Philippines and Mexico, and for the building of seven schools in war-torn Sierra Leone. From his travels to these sites he is recognized in some of the most remote parts of the world—not for his wrestling fame but because of his generous heart.
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