It's nice to see Shaq grow up and still be himself at the same time. I've never liked him as a player because he didn't play for my team (the Pistons), but I couldn't help but be impressed with his honesty and humility. Too many athletes do not age gracefully.
Craig Y. Lee, La Jolla, Calif.
As a Cleveland sports fan, I'm used to terrible losses (the Drive, the Fumble, the Shot). Even so, during the series between the Cavs and the Celtics, I stubbornly held on to the idea that this could be our time. On the morning of Game 6, my area of the country received the version of SI that had Shaq on the cover (The Big Sidekick, May 17). That's when I knew Cleveland was doomed.
As I read Michael Rosenberg's article commemorating Ernie Harwell (SCORECARD, May 17), I was taken back 20 years to a musty camper on Michigan's Lake Cadillac where I sat listening to the Tigers play yet another summer classic. Harwell brought a dimension to the game that captivated the fan and drew in even the least interested listener.
Justin Russell, Littlestown, Pa.
In recognizing the passing of Hall of Fame pitcher Robin Roberts, SI's article correctly pointed out that he gave up a record 505 home runs, but it neglected to mention what I think are more significant facts—that Roberts had 286 wins and pitched 305 complete games, including one in which he faced 71 batters in 17 innings.
Glenn Jacobs, Media, Pa.