Reading about the Buss family makes me appreciate the fact that
I come from a family rich in love, not in money.
--Cindy Gualtieri, Stoughton, Mass.
WORLD SERIES MUSINGS
To imply that the Padres were neophytes because they appreciated
playing in Yankee Stadium is a disservice to anyone who loves
baseball (Tourist Trap, Oct. 26). Any player, whether a pro or a
kid in the street, would show respect and awe upon visiting the
House That Ruth Built for the first time. The Padres and their
fans manifested nothing but class and an enthusiasm for the game
throughout the Series.
KATE KOSCHEI, Encinitas, Calif.
If there is one thing I would have liked to have seen more than
a Padres victory, it would have been any of those pasty-faced,
cottage-cheese-thighed Yankees fans in an eight-foot surf at
Windansea Beach. Hell, forget about the surf. I'd pay money to
see them on their beach towels, decked out in their Coney Island
T.M. MUSTIN, Coronado, Calif.
George Steinbrenner needs to fire Joe Torre immediately; hire a
manager he can publicly excoriate; load up on giant, bickering
egos; and make baseball right again (Crowd Pleasers, Nov. 2).
Class acts like Scott Brosius, Paul O'Neill and Bernie Williams
made it impossible for Yankee-haters like me to actually hate the
PATRICK J. CORRY, Chatham, N.J
You inexplicably left out the 1929 Philadelphia Athletics, a team
that you touted as possibly the greatest of all time not that
long ago (The Team That Time Forgot, Aug. 19, 1996).
TOM JOHNSON, Carbondale, Ill.
FATHER KNOWS BEST?
Franz Lidz's article on the Buss family depicts all that's bad
about raising children in a decadent time (She's Got Balls, Nov.
2). Where did Jerry Buss get the idea that he could pacify a
bunch of spoiled brats with money? By the way, if you hear that
he is thinking of adopting more children, please give him my
DAVE WOODALL, Slidell, La.
The title of your article on the Busses was in poor taste. The
suggestive photograph of Jeanie reflected the same crude
LINTON ELSMORE, Quincy, Mass.
Your article on the Buss family is the strongest argument that I
have read in some time for the imposition of a progressive income
tax and a steep inheritance tax.
JACK SELZER, State College, Pa.
DULL AND DULLER
Brett Hull may have a big mouth, but he put the puck squarely in
the net when he said that clutching and grabbing have ruined NHL
hockey (Shooting from the Lip, Nov. 2). Mario Lemieux said the
same thing when he retired. Years ago the games were so fast and
exciting that you hardly dared to look away. Now they are slow
GEORGE H. EDGLEY, Sequim, Wash.
IN DEFENSE OF CHARITY
I was disturbed by some of Phil Taylor's comments in his article
on the NBA lockout (State of the Union, Nov. 2). As one of the
organizers of the Gallery Furniture Charity Basketball Game, I
am proud to say that $300,000 was donated to the M.D. Anderson
Cancer Center in Houston on behalf of the participating sponsors
and players. During labor negotiations, it was refreshing to see
NBA players participating in a game that benefited the fight
against cancer. Clyde Drexler, Avery Johnson, David Robinson and
Kenny Smith expressed genuine interest in helping Houston
charities, many of which are "locked out" because they normally
benefit from NBA-sanctioned events at this time of year.
AUSTIN B. CROSSLEY, Houston
Players arriving for charity games in a stretch limousine.
Others gambling in Las Vegas at the high-stakes tables after
their union meeting. Then Michael Jordan arrives aboard his
private jet with several other players for a negotiating session
in New York City. Lockout? Throw away the key.
JIM MAZZOLA, Chadds Ford, Pa.
COLOR PHOTO: RICHARD MACKSON [Shaun King in game]
We were disappointed to see Tulane's Shaun King left off the
list of top college quarterbacks in the article on Tim Rattay
(Tim Terrific, Nov. 2). King's 33 touchdown passes, against only
six interceptions, helped give him a better passing efficiency
rating than all of the quarterbacks included on your list. He is
first in the nation in that critical offensive category and has
led the Green Wave to a 10-0 record. King has done this with a
broken left wrist.
C. FISHMAN, J. LAVENDER, E. MEIBACH AND D. MITZENMACHER,
--For more on King, please turn to page 106.--ED.