Long-suffering Baltimore fans are thrilled that Matt Wieters (Rare Bird, March 15) is the first Orioles catcher to grace the cover of SI since Rick Dempsey in 1983, when the team won its last championship. I'm hoping Wieters can one day earn the billing of THE HERO, as Dempsey did after the '83 World Series.
Matthew Taylor, Durham, N.C.
A Price to Pay
As someone who has been unemployed for seven months, I was glad Senator Jim Bunning's objections to a bill to pay for unemployments benefits were overcome and my benefit check arrived as usual. But I was disappointed that Joe Posnanski's article (SCORECARD, March 15) failed to mention the reason Bunning objected: that both parties in Congress have become addicted to funding programs without regard for how to pay for them. As the parent of two children who will spend their adulthoods paying off today's spending sprees, I was glad the senator made that point.
Paul O'Sullivan, West Hartford, Conn.
I am not surprised about Detroit's recent slip in the standings, nor will I be surprised if the Red Wings make the playoffs (Staring Down the End, March 15). They have done what most teams can only dream of—found a formula that works and stuck with it. As a Sabres fan I wish my team could have the same success as Detroit.
Kiernan Smith, Rochester, N.Y.
I don't care much for hockey, but I do care about great sportswriting, which is why I read every piece by Michael Farber. No one offers more insightful analysis, and his ability to turn a phrase keeps me craving more.
Tom Lizotte, Dover-Foxcroft, Maine