FOR MARCH 30, 2015
I don't think Pete Rose should be reinstated (SCORECARD), but if most fans want to see him in the Hall of Fame, I don't have a problem with that. But please don't ask me to believe anything about Pete's motives for wanting back in—other than the fact that he can charge an extra $5 for his signature with the three letters, H-O-F, after his name.
James Stevens, San Antonio
Yes, Rose was a wonderful player, but he apparently felt that the rules did not pertain to him. Let's all remember that he chose banishment rather than having a hearing about his gambling. Nothing but repeated denials until he was cornered by the facts and wanted a deal.
Gregg H. Wright, Fallbrook, Calif.
I was dismayed to read that Rose said, "You can't be a coach and make the kind of money I need to live the way I want to live." How much money does he need? It's always more, more, more.
Robert J. Keren, Middlebury, Vt.
Even though Mark Harmon had the longer college football career, Burt Reynolds is still the sport's top thespian. He was a freshman halfback at Florida State in 1954, when he suffered a knee injury. Reynolds has 178 acting credits to Harmon's 78.
Why even bother to put my Royals on the cover, only to pick them to finish six games under .500 and fourth in the AL Central? A reason to believe? We don't need the pity.
Thank you for the outstanding article on Steve Nash's retirement. It is extremely rare to find a player who is able to transform not only his position but also the way the game is played. Nash was that player every time he stepped on the court.
William H. Noack
West River, Md.
I agree with Steve Rushin about sports' beautiful sounds. Nothing is louder than the hush before the big putt on 18. Too bad the hush is invariably broken by some yahoo in the gallery screaming, "Get in the hole!"
Robert F. Sanchez
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ILLUSTRATION BY ANDREW DEGRAFF
COVER: AL TIELEMANS FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (ROYALS); STEVEN BRANSCOMBE/USA TODAY SPORTS (INSET)
JOHN W. MCDONOUGH FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (NASH)
DAMIAN STROHMEYER FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (RUSHIN)
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