FOR JULY 6--13, 2015
After reading your Where Are They Now story on Jose Canseco, I once again wondered why he is the one being blackballed for exposing the truth about steroids, while other acknowledged users are being given second chances.
Ernest Rodriguez, Nashville
Marlin Briscoe was not the first black quarterback to start a pro football game in the modern era. That honor belongs to Bernie Custis, who, after being drafted by the Browns in 1951, signed with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the Interprovincial Rugby Football Union (which would become the CFL) and was a starter in every game at QB during his first season with the team.
Doug Allsebrook, Brampton, Ont.
In light of Tom Brady and the Patriots' Deflategate controversy, I couldn't help but notice the irony in your picture of Brett Favre leaning on his dock with what appears to be a partially deflated football. Does anyone use a fully inflated ball these days?
Flower Mound, Texas
I loved Alexander Wolff's update on Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. I have always wondered why Michael Jordan was called the best ever to play the game when, in almost every NBA statistical category, Kareem either equals or exceeds him. Plus Kareem's college career was miles ahead of Jordan's.
Wayne Siverson, Buffalo
Your Brett Favre cover brought a tear to my eye. I couldn't help but think of all the years Green Bay fans had to endure horrible Packers teams, until Favre arrived and lifted the Pack out of the abyss.
Since when is it a Sign of the Apocalypse for a responsible son such as Sam Dekker to chip in and help take care of the family lawn? I just hope I can get my successful sons to still do the same after showing them this picture.
It was quite disheartening to read that, given all of Cheryl Miller's success on the court, she was not really considered for any other coaching jobs before Langston University—particularly at her alma mater, USC.
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MANNY MILLAN FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (ADBUL-JABBAR)
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