I strongly disagree with Peter King and his assessment of how ESPN handled Alabama running back Mark Ingram. I thought the segment with Ingram and his father was the best moment of the entire draft. To hear the e-mail that Ingram's father wrote him from jail was touching, and seeing Ingram talk to his dad through the camera and tell him how much he loved him had me choked up. Human-interest stories like these make the draft worth watching.
Eric Brown, Atlanta
Thank you for your article on ABC's Wide World of Sports (SCORECARD, May 9), which conjured up hope for a short, scrawny and clumsy kid like myself. I watched it thinking that maybe I could discover a sport like barrel jumping or Mongolian wrestling. Wide World enabled me to appreciate sports beyond the everyday home run and slam dunk.
I loved your piece on Wide World but was sad that you did not mention the show's iconic opening montage. The dramatic music and footage—particularly the video of ski jumper Vinko Bogataj's spectacular fall representing "the agony of defeat"—captured the essence of athletic competition better than anything else I have seen on television.
Martin B. Sipple