John Ed Bradley's article on punters was a welcome surprise. I realize the macho part of us does not want to glorify some long, lanky 180-pounder who wears small shoulder pads, but as Bradley put it so eloquently, the punter is often a team's best defensive weapon.
Doug Pens, Leesburg, Fla.
Why should a punter be in the Hall of Fame (Hang 'Em High, Dec. 21)? The only reason given seems to be that there isn't one in there already. The story also celebrates the fact that Raiders punter Shane Lechler has a four-year, $16 million contract. That's no cause for celebration—it's insane. He isn't even among the top 10 according to SI's Punter Ratings.
James Day, Silverton, Ore.
To rank the Bills' Brian Moorman so low was ridiculous. Moorman punted 90 times this year: None were blocked, 10 were touchbacks and 25 were inside the 20, and he had an average of 46.6 yards with a long of 73. He also ran for numerous first downs and threw a touchdown pass from punt formation for the second year in a row. Maybe if he played somewhere other than Buffalo he would get the respect he deserves.
Russell Harrison Rochester, N.Y.
In the 2003 Holiday Bowl, Washington State's Kyle Basler punted seven times for a 40.1 average, and five of those punts were inside the Texas 20-yard line. Basler was named MVP of the game for keeping the Longhorns pinned in their own territory.
Dennis Bounds, Redmond, Wash.
I pray that the SI cover curse does not befall Stephen Colbert (The Year in Sports Media, Dec. 21). If he suddenly loses his game and can't tell a joke if his life depends on it while his show plummets in the ratings, he'll have no one to blame but you.