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Do Not Disturb (May 16) allows Randy Moss fans to get closer to the man they cheer their hearts out for and whom they can't stand to see belittled and criticized. It also gives his critics the opportunity to understand Moss and maybe change their minds. Kudos to Karl Taro Greenfeld.

Daniel Kliff, Buffalo Grove, Ill.

As a card-carrying member of Raider Nation, I feel Moss can be a recluse and a freak as long as he is Committed to Excellence. His attitude will give Raider-haters another reason to despise our blood--which will always run Silver and Black. I predict a similar cover in February with the addition of a large trophy.

Natalie Kimball, Chicago

Moss says, "I don't have any friends." Who would want him as a friend? All this 80-year-old can say is: Grow up, Randy. At one time you could have owned Minnesota.

Ken Kamholz, Owatonna, Minn.

After Giacomo's upset victory in the Kentucky Derby, I was expecting to see a horse's backside on the cover of SI. Turns out I was right.

Mark Mocarski, New York City

If Moss leads the Raiders to a world championship, there will be 31 NFL teams that wished they had traded for him, and zero teams willing to admit it.

Patrick J. Leslie, Owensville, Mo.

Throwing the Bull

Fans of the great Holy Bull should not have had any trouble picking the exacta in this year's Kentucky Derby (Who Knew? May 16). Holy Bull's son Giacomo was ridden to victory by his father's longtime rider, Mike Smith. And Closing Argument won the Holy Bull Stakes at Gulfstream Park this year. Was anything more obvious?

Raymond Ausrotas, Cambridge, Mass.

South Side Story

Thank you for The Wisdom of Ozzie (May 16). I'm glad someone has finally acknowledged that the Cubs are not the only team in Chicago that has not won a World Series since the early part of the 20th century.

Ann Trombino, Darien, Ill.

School Spirit

As a resident of Southern California who is familiar with the exploits of many athletes at Long Beach Poly High School, I have to say that your selection of the Jackrabbits as the top high school athletic program is well deserved (The 25 Best High School Athletic Programs, May 16). The best thing about Poly is not that it has achieved great success despite less than ideal facilities, though that's true. Rather, it's that the school, a microcosm of our country in terms of ethnic diversity, has athletic programs that truly reflect its makeup.

Mike Takeuchi, Goleta, Calif.

Seventeen years ago I had the opportunity to teach and coach at Long Beach Poly for one year. The kids were full of life and expectations and truly did feel a part of something special--and so did I. The lessons I learned about multicultural diversity have served me well in my career as a teacher, a high school principal and, now, a middle school principal. The raggedy old LB Poly baseball cap that I still wear is in tatters, but at least my kids have an idea why I have for so long been proud to mow my lawn in that hat.

John J. Gebert, Everett, Wash.

As a teacher I was disgusted to read about the amount of money Texas spends on athletic facilities (The $20 Million Stadium Boom, May 16). It helps explain why teacher pay in the state is $6,000 below the national average.

Chris DeYonke, Anchorage

While Texans spend $180 million for better high school football stadiums, the U.S. Census Bureau reports that Texas has the lowest percentage of high school graduation in the nation. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that Texas has the second-highest rate of teen pregnancies in America. And Department of Justice statistics reveal that Texas has the highest percentage of its population behind bars. But at least the stadiums are shiny.

Atman Shah, Los Angeles

Feeling Puckish

I am so tired of reading that no one notices the absence of NHL hockey, as you wrote in your May 16 Who's Hot, Who's Not list. Just because the media doesn't miss it, doesn't mean the fans do not. I miss it tremendously.

Carolyn Smolinski, Tampa

In the Red

I am not a Yankees fan at all, but I find it very amusing listening to fans of other big-market teams complain about George Steinbrenner buying all his players (LIFE OF REILLY, May 16). I guess Boston fans don't consider the 2005 Red Sox payroll of $121 million that much money.

Jay Lombardo, Hoboken, N.J.

The nerve of the owner of a professional sports franchise to actually spend the money he makes from the team to replenish his roster. Steinbrenner should be more like Kansas City Royals owner David Glass and just pocket most of his profits. That way there won't be any "cheap World Series rings" or fans expecting success, and--most important--George won't have to deal with jealous columnists writing about his team.

Jesse Silvertown, Toronto

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