On His Toes
Your cover appearsto show what every Cardinals fan was thinking: Santonio Holmes's right foot didnot touch the ground on his game-winning touchdown catch. But then your photoon page 33 supports the view of Steelers fans that it did. Congrats to bothteams on a wonderful Super Bowl from a fan of football and of greatphotography.
Kevyn Seggerman, Rocklin, Calif.
It was appropriatethat one of your inside photos of Holmes's catch (The Steelers! Are Super!,Feb. 9) featured the field judge, Greg Gautreaux, so prominently. He had anextremely difficult call to make and got it right. He should be recognized.
Lenard Kotylo, Toronto
I'm tired ofhearing about how great Ben Roethlisberger is at avoiding the rush. Am I theonly one who watched him get sacked 46 times during the regular season? Hemoves more like a champion of competitive eating than a Super Bowl--winningquarterback.
Andrew Lasseter, Brownsville, Texas
I was glad to seea story on Arizona receiver Larry Fitzgerald (Above and Beyond, Feb. 9) in yourSuper Bowl coverage. Like so many others around the country, I was captivatedby his athletic ability and grace on the field. I was not surprised to learnthat Larry cites Jerry Rice as someone he tries to emulate.
Jeffrey Hutchinson, Millersville, Pa.
Chris Ballard'spiece on the reassuring value of the Super Bowl (POINT AFTER, Feb. 9) was righton the money for me. Since I moved away from Pittsburgh after high school, myyounger brother Steve and I don't get to see each other as much as we used to.So we each paid more than the face value of $800 for two tickets in section 316but got to share a moment that we are still talking about days later and won'tsoon forget. So what if we're both eating mac 'n' cheese for the next couple ofweeks?
Joel Solomon, New York City
LeBron James'snumbers for January—27.5 points, 9.6 rebounds, 8.2 assists, the best month inthose categories in 22 years (PLAYERS, Feb. 9)—are impressive, but they reallyhelped me appreciate Oscar Robertson because those stats are not quite as goodas the Big O's averages for the first six years of his career. Just think, withNBA regular seasons running about seven months, all LeBron has to do is put up41 more months like that in a row to be playing on a par with Robertson.
John Hobbs, Mount Arlington, N.J.
The AustralianOpen final between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal (Survivor: Melbourne, Feb. 9)is the latest in a series of epic challenges in which the veteran falls short.We've seen this play out many times in tennis: Borg-McEnroe, McEnroe-Lendl andSampras-Federer. We can only hope that this time the veteran makes one more runto the top before leaving us with only memories of his excellence.
Corey Zdanavage, Cave Creek, Ariz.
New Role Model
If respect, poiseand confidence were the only criteria for athletes getting endorsement deals,then Brandon Roy (Young Star, Old Soul, Feb. 9) would be making LeBron money.My preference for athletes has always been those (Craig Biggio, David Robinson)in the mold of Roy. Please continue to feature more athletes from all sportswho conduct themselves with this kind of maturity.
Mario Nava, San Antonio
Thanks to yourstory on Roy, I'll watch the NBA on television again—but only when the PortlandTrail Blazers are playing. And I'll root for Roy to make the NBA's latest"next Michael Jordan" look silly and irrelevant.
Andrew E. Yarosh, Silverthorne, Colo.
On the Fly
Rick Telander'sessay on Fly Williams (PLAYERS, Feb. 9) brought back memories of one of themost entertaining games of the 1973--74 season. Williams and Austin Peay playedat Providence, which was led that season by Marvin Barnes. Fans anticipated ascoring duel between Williams and Barnes and were not disappointed. Providencedefeated Austin Peay 94--92. I don't recall how many points Fly scored, but Ido know Barnes scored a school-record 52 that evening.
Bob Geruso, Slatersville, R.I.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Notmuch of a night for Williams. He had only 40.
I am constantlyamazed that schools such as Austin Peay are so desperate for a return toathletic glory that they will sell their souls to fill seats. Williams neverfinished college, was a failure in the pros, lived a life of substance abuse,went to jail twice, was shot four times and now regrets aspects of the life helived. Austin Peay will, by glorifying this sad character, teach itsstudent-athletes that what is most important is not how you live your life buthow many points you score and tickets you sell.
Michael Thomas Mills
NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative
University of Northern Colorado
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