Roger Clemens can attribute much of his past, present and future
success to his family (Rocket Science, Sept. 10). So ingrained in
him are baseball and the art of the strikeout, I'm not surprised
to learn that all his kids' names (Kody, Kacy, Koby and Kory)
begin with K.
JEFF GRENIER, Dallas
I'm afraid it's going to take a lot more than a portrayal of
Clemens as a family man to change America's mind about him. His
headhunting and his hiding behind Joe Torre when Clemens would
have had to bat at Shea Stadium will forever label him as
baseball's biggest s.o.b. since Rob Dibble.
CRAIG LOWELL, Highland Mills, N.Y.
If you are going to use a Biblical reference, please get it
right: Let he who is without sin cast the first splintered bat.
K. NICOLE WILSON, Lexington, Ky.
Falling for It
Kudos to Steve Rushin on his "Fall Guy" piece (AIR AND SPACE,
Sept. 10). I grew up in a small town in Iowa and couldn't wait
for football to begin. I still have my spiral notebooks--my wife
thought I was the only one--and I dress in Vikings gear from head
to toe every Sunday.
ED MISKA, Maple Grove, Minn.
September does induce a strange sports nostalgia. When I picked
up the local newspaper during a quiet moment on campus in my
freshman year, I welled up when I saw articles previewing the
upcoming high school football action. It was going to be a new
and exciting fall, but something would definitely be missing.
MIKE TORPPEY, Baltimore
Coaches (Passion Plays, Sept. 10), ask yourselves this: Would any
of these women have even looked in your direction if you weren't
in a position of power?
CHRIS COATES, Gainesville, Fla.
When coaches and players become lovers? Stick to real sports
stories. I don't care if Brandi Chastain married her coach. Like
most guys, I only cared that she ripped off her shirt when she
scored that goal.
PETE KIELY, Jacksonville Beach, Fla.
SI's recent report of Glenn Ordway's comments on WEEI in Boston
(SI VIEW, Sept. 24) were both inaccurate and unfair. As a
listener to Ordway's radio show during the two weeks following
the terrorist attacks in the U.S., I can say without hesitation
that Ordway has been a voice of reason and a great example of a
responsible media member. To suggest that Ordway in any way
advocated turning the Middle East into a parking lot as a
knee-jerk reaction to our current crisis is, quite simply,
SCOTT LURVEY, Dracut, Mass.
SI regrets the inaccurate portrayal of Mr. Ordway's
B/W PHOTO: FRANCES MILLER/TIMEPIX
Fork It Over
The glittering 18-1 record fashioned by the Pirates' Elroy Face
(right) in 1959 is even more remarkable because it was achieved
entirely in relief. With his masterly forkball, Face would baffle
batters until the pesky Pirates--one year before their World
Series victory--would pull out the win. During Pittsburgh's 78-76
season, Face accounted for 23% of the Bucs' wins!
PHIL CURTIS, Atlanta