It's sad to see one of the NFL's greatest players being put on par with crybabies like Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco (SCORECARD, May 18). I believe it is Brett Favre's love for the game—and not greed or the need for attention, as with the aforementioned players—that makes his retirement decision all the more difficult.
Andy Schuler, Westminster, Md.
Missing the Boss
Phil Taylor expressed the feelings of so many Yankees fans toward George Steinbrenner (POINT AFTER, May 18). Steinbrenner understood that he was in the business of entertainment. And let's face it, his keeping the heat up on the players gave them the edge they needed to succeed.
Paul Morelli, Clinton, Conn.
Baseball needs a new Steinbrenner like it needs another steroid-fueled slugger. Maybe sportswriters who are desperate for a story idea will miss George. I will not.
Tim N. Cawley, Lincoln, Neb.
Federer and Nadal
S.L. Price questions Roger Federer's status not only as the greatest tennis player of all time but also as the best player of his generation (The Takedown, May 18). Federer is an exemplar of style, grace, imagination and fluency of play—skills unfashionable today, given our current infatuation with brute strength augmented by ability-enhancing racket technology. In the long run I still believe that Federer will be seen as a better player than Rafael Nadal, just as most people would now rank the dancing Muhammad Ali over the plodding Joe Frazier and the balletic Fred Astaire over the muscled, gymnastic Gene Kelly.
North Chittenden, Vt.
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