One of the pictures included in your Sport in America package is of Muhammad Ali at Toronto's Maple Leaf Gardens in 1966. Ironically, the same day that I read this article a gigantic Loblaws supermarket opened on the site of the storied MLG. A sad commentary on Canada's sports culture.
Bad Bad Boy
As a NASCAR fan I certainly applaud Tony Stewart for winning the Sprint Cup championship (Where There's Smoke ..., Nov. 28). I understand all about "swapping paint" in order to get to Victory Lane. However, Stewart's suggestion that he would have done anything to win that race, including wrecking somebody, makes me wonder how he is any different from a thug like Jeff Gillooly who did whatever it took to try and get ex-wife Tonya Harding the women's figure skating gold medal?
The Early Bird
For this Baltimore native, the Orioles cartoon bird certainly conjures up far better memories than their 0--21 start in 1988 (SCORECARD, Nov. 28). Namely their three World Series championships in '66, '70, '83, six AL pennants, five Hall of Famers, and six Cy Young winners. I'll always cherish those great times and hope that a new era of Orioles magic is coming with the return of the old bird.
Calvin Bond, Salt Lake City