Words can't express my excitement over Andrew Lawrence's update on figure skater Michelle Kwan (Aug. 2--9), who spent more than a decade as the No. 1 U.S. figure skater. I have looked to her as a role model for the past 17 years and admired the way she handled both success and failure on and off the ice. It is so wonderful that an athlete of Kwan's caliber has remained true to herself and gives of herself so generously.
Barbara Stansbury Toms River, N.J.
As a Michigan State fan I remember Florida guard Teddy Dupay as the guy whose questionable hard foul injured Mateen Cleaves in the 2000 NCAA championship game (Aug. 2--9). I hoped this article would erase the negative memories I have from that event. Instead, I read about his efforts to make money off a marijuana legalization website and his brushes with the law over gambling and assault. The fact that his former coach Billy Donovan declined to comment says it all.
Jeff Munroe, Grand Rapids
Comparing Reggie Bush to Alex Rodriguez is like comparing apples to oranges (SCORECARD, Aug. 2--9). While A-Rod has admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs, the former USC running back's accomplishments on the playing field have never been questioned. Yes, the NCAA found that Bush and his family accepted perks from an agent, but explain to me how this helped him score touchdowns?
Darrell Wilson, Irvine, Calif.
Phil Taylor's column brought back fond childhood memories (POINT AFTER, Aug. 2--9). My friends and I would get the Sunday sports section, conduct a draft from the MLB stats page, create lineups and then play Wiffle ball in my backyard. The requirement was to imitate each hitter in your lineup. We became experts on the pronounced crouch of Pete Rose, the flattened bat of Rod Carew and the extremely closed stance of Disco Dan Ford. For pitchers, deliveries would range from the "drop and drive" of Tom Seaver to the submarine styles of Kent Tekulve and Dan Quisenberry.