Now it should be obvious to all: Nobody can beat the Bulls but
Jerry Krause and Jerry Reinsdorf.
--BILL J. CARTER, Keosauqua, Iowa
THE LAST DANCE
Your article on the prospects of the Bulls' nucleus returning
(Six Shooter, June 22) was persuasive, but let's give the subject
a rest. Why can't we enjoy what the Bulls have done for us a
little longer before badgering them about their plans for next
BEN BASS, Rye, N.H.
I have to take issue with Phil Taylor's stating that on the
Finals-winning jumper Jordan "faked Bryon Russell nearly out of
his hightops." Jordan pushed Russell hard enough with his left
hand to cause Russell to stumble. In other situations that would
have been called an offensive foul.
MARK RABINOVITCH, Calgary, Alberta
Enough sympathy for John Stockton and Karl Malone for playing so
many playoff games without winning a championship. While both
have had long and productive careers, so have many other NBA
players. The fact is that for many years Stockton and Malone
were unable to take their team to the Finals. The last two years
in the Finals, they were just not good enough.
RICHARD NOVAK, Monroe, Wis.
What I enjoyed most about your article was a photograph. Looking
at the shot of Jordan embracing Phil Jackson, I realized that
this is how I want to remember the game. Michael Jordan is
basketball, and when he leaves, so does my interest in the NBA.
ARI ZITO, Storrs, Conn.
RETURN OF THE NATIVE
It is good to see Frank Deford writing for SI again (One of a
Kind, June 22).
SCOTT R. MARKEY, Highlands Ranch, Colo.
It was a pleasure to read Deford's portrait of Michael Jordan,
which described with elegant clarity the intangibles that make MJ
America's greatest sports ambassador.
JONATHAN SELIGER, New York City
I like Mike, but I thank Frank.
KEVIN C. GAUGHAN, Brunswick, Maine
Michael Jordan may be the greatest basketball player of all time,
but spare us Frank Deford's fawning hagiography.
MIKE SMITH Canal Winchester, Ohio
I strongly urge Mr. Deford to use more easily understood words.
Most guys read SI regularly to catch up on sports. They don't
expect an English lesson or to have to flip through a dictionary.
DEREK RHODES, Milroy, Pa.
You reported that Lamar Odom said he was going to take 24 hours
during the summer session at the University of Rhode Island in
order to be eligible to play basketball for the Rams during the
1998-99 season (Scorecard, June 29). The fact of the matter is
that Odom has attended the university for two semesters as a
full-time student and is using the summer session to complete
the 24 credit hours required by the NCAA.
RON PETRO Director of Athletics
University of Rhode Island
LITTLE BIG MAN
I have followed Doug Flutie since his days at Boston College
(Passing Time, June 22). Win or lose, he always puts on a show.
He is, at quarterback, what Barry Sanders is at running
back--exciting, unpredictable and capable of scoring every time
he touches the ball. Shame on the NFL if it doesn't find a way
to showcase his talents this time around.
RANDY SNOW, Galesburg, Mich.
Some football fans in Buffalo questioned the rationale of
bringing a 35-year-old, 5'10" quarterback into the fold. How
could they? Flutie won't win the Bills' starting job in the
fall, but critics should realize that the quarterback
responsible for history's greatest Hail Mary pass has the heart
of a champion--and that still wins football games, whether in
the CFL or the NFL.
ADAM DOUGLAS, Amherst, N.Y.
As a Canadian, I was sad to see Flutie leave the CFL. For many
fans, he was the only reason to watch. I was also moved by his
generosity in setting up a foundation that raises funds to assist
deserving families with autistic children. How can I get in touch
with the Douglas Flutie Jr. Foundation?
TONY BUCCI, Wolfville, Nova Scotia
--The Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism is managed by The
Giving Back Fund, 230 Congress St., Boston, Mass. 02110. (617)
I have read SI for 30 years, but none of your features has ever
humanized athletes as much as the Father's Day pictures and
messages (LEADING OFF, June 22).
ALEX BUCK, Lewisville, Texas
After reading your heart-wrenching tale of absentee fathers a few
months ago (Paternity Ward, May 4), I was glad to see a sincere
tribute to fatherhood. I relished every picture and quote. Thank
you for the inspiring montage.
DANIEL FEIGIN, New York City
Isn't it ironic that Gary Payton of the Seattle SuperSonics was
one of the subjects of the cover article dealing with children
born out of wedlock. Now he's pictured smiling with his father. I
hope that this will remind Gary how much having a father means so
he can play that role properly for Gary Jr. and Gary II.
JONATHAN ELLENZWEIG, Toronto