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June 20, 2011
I never thought that poor broadcasting skills, an extramarital affair or his early departure from the NFL counted as Tiki Barber's main problems. It was hubris and his penchant for bad-mouthing former teammates and coaches on a national stage that did him in. As Henry David Thoreau once said, "Be true to your work, your word, and your friend."
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Cry Me A River

Tom Verducci's story on Fred Wilpon (Fred Wilpon Pays the Price, May 30) was one of the best I've ever read. Verducci did an excellent job explaining the details of the Bernie Madoff scheme and how the Mets' owner got sucked in. After reading your story I genuinely felt bad for Wilpon. I don't think he should have to lose the team simply because Madoff took advantage of his trust.

Andrew LaCour, Chicago

Wilpon has constantly acquired over-the-hill talent, developed minor leaguers who rarely benefit the Mets and built a ballpark that the players don't want to play in. Maybe new ownership is just what the team needs.

Bill Dempsey, Bay Shore, N.Y.

Any reasonable person can conclude that Wilpon and Sterling Equities had more than an inkling of Madoff's Ponzi scheme. It just doesn't make sense to assume otherwise. Madoff's consistent promises to Wilpon and his brother-in-law, Saul Katz, to return their entire capital upon Madoff's retirement was an obvious red flag that Madoff's business had no value. The conversation Wilpon and Katz should have been having while going down that elevator was, "Why on earth would Madoff leave this kind of money on the table? "

Tom Joseph, Pittsburgh

Macho, Macho Man

Many thanks for your story on the sudden death of Randy (Macho Man) Savage (SCORECARD, May 30). Despite the belief that pro wrestlers are nothing more than circus performers, they are in fact full of athletic talent and skill. No one displayed this better than Savage. Sure, he was bombastic, but that was one of the many things that made him such a joy to watch.

Tim Shullberg

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