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Thank you for letting me know "why Rick Pitino is keeping his job." I'm sure in a similar situation I wouldn't be keeping my job—if I had one.
Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich says that Rick Pitino's "body of his work is eventually going to outweigh everything else." (Surviving a Scandal, Aug. 24.) Please enlighten us, Mr. Jurich: Just how many Louisville basketball wins does it take to "outweigh" adultery and religious hypocrisy?
After his late-night, tabletop sex romp, Pitino has given new meaning to the term Midnight Madness.
Back in the '90s the president of the United States had a tawdry affair with an intern that became public. He did not lose his job. So why should we be concerned about the sexual escapades and employment future of a university basketball coach?
Eight years ago my husband, Scott, was diagnosed with a spinal-cord tumor. His prognosis after surgery was paralysis; however, with many of the advances set forth by the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, such as surgical nerve monitoring, my husband is walking today. Thanks to Marc Buoniconti (Three Lives, Two Hits, One Happy Ending, Aug. 24) for turning tragedy into triumph.
I hope Buoniconti and SI senior writer S.L. Price moved many people to care about spinal-cord injuries and raise more funds to help those affected. I know they moved me.
At 16 I fractured my cervical spine while wrestling in a high school P.E. class and underwent emergency fusion of C4-5-6 in an operation like Henry Mull's. I had temporary quadriplegia and was in a Stryker frame for two months. I still have right-side weakness and chronic pain. For 35 years I have always wanted to contact those involved: teachers, fellow students and mostly the guy who was my opponent—hopefully to understand and forgive as needed. Thanks to this story, I now have the courage to do it.
Not in the Cards
It's a shame that the baseball card industry is in such decline (The Last Iconic Baseball Card, Aug. 24). Organizing my uncle's card collection from the 1970s brought an entire baseball era to life for me more vividly than stories or statistics ever could. Baseball cards are the best way to preserve the history of the game for future fans.