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Original Issue


Reilly's ridicule of Rosie O'Donnell's appearance is just as
prejudiced as the Tomahawk Chop he condemns.
Washington, D.C.

Second Time Around

After hearing about Sean Elliott's kidney transplant last year,
my first thought was not whether Elliott would return to
basketball but how could he possibly have played as well as he
did with virtually no kidney function (Scarred but Not Scared,
Jan. 31)? Before I received a kidney from my younger brother
seven years ago, I could barely make it up and down a few stairs
without collapsing from exhaustion, much less run up and down a
basketball court. I felt 10 years younger the day after I had my
surgery. Elliott will be an even greater ballplayer than he was
before his transplant. Popovich, let the man play!
DEB HOBART, Novi, Mich.

Whenever I see patients awaiting kidney transplants, I tell them
that it is our intention to return them to normal life--working,
traveling or doing any of the things that they enjoy doing. Spurs
coach Gregg Popovich is being shortsighted in attempting to
prevent Elliott from returning to the team. Anyone who had the
determination and strength to play NBA ball while on the verge of
dialysis should be able to return to the lineup in short order
after a transplant.
Director of Kidney Transplantation
NYU Medical Center
New York City

Sean, you're a great player, and the Spurs need you. But please
listen to Popovich and Avery Johnson. Your brother gave you a
kidney so you could enjoy a healthy life. We all love the sport
of basketball, but the game is not more important than
maintaining your health.
PAUL R. FORAN, Saco, Maine

The Defense Rests

I chuckled when I read Rick Reilly's comparison of the Super
Bowl in Atlanta to having a honeymoon in Wichita Falls, Texas
(THE LIFE OF REILLY, Jan. 31). Having watched the game,
undoubtedly the most exciting Super Bowl ever, it only
reconfirms how much I enjoyed my honeymoon in Wichita Falls 20
years ago.
SCOTT TERRY, Tyler, Texas

Everybody knows we Atlantans prefer Waffle House 3-to-1 over

Teaming Up

We applaud Ron Mix's efforts to make a difference in the lives
of NFL Hall of Famers who are experiencing financial
difficulties (SCORECARD, Jan. 31). As former players in the
National Football League, we, too, want to assist NFL players
and their families by helping to prevent financial hardship.
That's the reason why we created MONY's Sports Financial
Services. Our program gives players the tools needed to make
sound decisions and encourages them to take action regarding
their financial matters. We provide educational, nonpromotional
presentations on various financial topics. We also provide
mentoring, college-outreach, corporate-internship and
career-transition programs to help players prepare for life
after their playing days. Thank you for reminding your readers
that a player may be in the Hall of Fame and still be
"scratching out a living." Our experience shows us that this
problem is not limited to Hall of Fame inductees.
Sports Financial Services
New York City

Poor Ron Mix. The thought of him and other Hall of Famers having
to struggle to make a living like everyone else breaks my heart.
The idea that he and other Canton inductees might need to get a
job after their football careers ended is so profound that it
should come as no surprise to everyone else that the thought
never entered their minds. To cry poverty after a Hall of Fame
career is absurd.
JASON LUCIANI, Riverdale, N.J.

What Controversy?

In the SI VIEW section of your Jan. 31 issue you jump on Fox for
not mentioning the controversial instant-replay call of Bert
Emanuel's noncatch in the network's postgame report on the NFC
title game. However, you failed to mention it yourself in the
article about the game (The Clutch). It looks as if Emanuel
wasn't the only one to drop the ball.
MIKE JOYNER, Estero, Fla.

No Points for Scorers

The title of your article on Pavel Bure says it best: He's just
another Hot Shot (Jan. 31). He's the same as Jaromir Jagr, Paul
Kariya and Sergei Fedorov. Talented goal scorers? Yes. Exciting
hockey players? Not in my opinion. Give me the talent and brawn
of Keith Tkachuk, Brendan Shanahan, Jeremy Roenick and Eric
Lindros, and I'll give you an exciting hockey game.
MATT MURPHY, Cincinnati


A Simpler Era

Seeing the picture of Joe Namath's autographed football card
brought back a childhood memory (SCORECARD, Jan. 31). Before
autographs became a business, I would send players their cards
[similar to the one of Mike Ditka, above ] and ask for
autographs. One who obliged, and who personalized it with a
greeting, was Namath. I treasure it as much today as I did then.