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I could only read the Sept. 24 issue a few pages at a time. Each
story left me reeling in sorrow and, yet, inspired. Thank you for
honoring these amazing people by sharing their stories with the
rest of us.
HEIDI WEST, Fort Myers, Fla.

How fascinating that the week without sports produced the best
PAUL CARR, Wheaton, Ill.

I stopped hating the Yankees today. God be with you, New York.
JOHN REED, Little Rock

Deford's Dilemma

I don't know about you, Frank Deford (Delay of Games, Sept. 24),
but as a survivor of the World Trade Center attack, I wasn't
renting an Adam Sandler video, eating at restaurants, gambling in
casinos or visiting topless bars last week. Experience what I and
thousands of others did on that day, and you would have known why
sports were postponed.
MICHAEL LEE, Old Bridge, N.J.

I could not disagree with Deford more. Four days after the attack
we were still trying to comprehend the enormity of the loss of
life. We were still trying to learn about the people who had
caused so much horror and trying to understand why. We were still
hearing of the many tales of heroism and marveling at the
outpouring of kindness all across the country and the world. And
we were marshaling our resolve to take action so that this can
never again happen. I cannot think of a weekend on which sports
could have been less important.
GRACE DAINES, Charleston, W.Va.

Good article on why the games should have gone on. Every form of
entertainment in America was available that first weekend after
the Sept. 11 disaster--except sports. In its zeal to claim
insignificance, sports put itself on a pedestal and sent exactly
the opposite message. Thanks for pointing out the hypocrisy.

Deford's assertions that the games should not have been stopped
are thought provoking and insightful. I agree that stadiums are
"where all classes and types of people come together, to mix and
share in a common public space." Deford's ensuing statement that
the opportunity "to stand together, bound together, provides a
powerful--even patriotic--nectar" helped explain to me why I felt
the need to be at Coors Field on Monday, Sept. 17, for the return
of baseball. I wasn't sure why I felt compelled to attend. Now,
through the concepts outlined by Deford, I understand.


I hope that the article Patriot's Tale (Sept. 24) provides a
wake-up call for fans, owners and athletes. That Joe Andruzzi's
firemen brothers and their peers drive old cars while working two
jobs says a great deal about the enormous importance our society
misguidedly places on sports.
MIKE PATTERSON, Pickerington, Ohio

Get Out There

In memory of Mark Bingham, Tom Burnett, Jeremy Glick and Todd
Beamer (THE LIFE OF REILLY, Sept. 24), introduce your children to
sports and participate with them. Those four reinforced how
lessons learned in athletic competition stay with us forever.
BRAD GRAVER, Encinitas, Calif.

Not So Little Things

The picture of the kids playing soccer with the smoke rising from
the ruined towers in the background was particularly poignant
(War Games, Sept. 24). My younger son's soccer team played its
scheduled game on Saturday, and my older son played on Sunday.
For a few hours I was able to forget the terrible events of Sept.
11 and focus on what, for the past 10 years, has been the
highlight of my week. I fully understand and support the decision
made by most professional sports to shut down. However, watching
my sons play, in some small way, helped me to begin healing.
JOHN THOMAS, Port Orchard, Wash.

Ahead of Time

While walking to the trash to throw out my Feb. 19 issue of SI, I
thumbed through the magazine and came across a very sobering,
scary and disturbing Scorecard item. That week's SIGN OF THE
APOCALYPSE noted that the CIA suspected that Osama bin Laden's
al-Qaida and other terrorists were communicating through sports
chat rooms on the Internet.


Everybody's Home Team

Thank you for a very touching issue (The Week That Sports Stood
Still, Sept. 24). I am glad to see everyone is rooting for the
same team, the United States of America.