Only twice in the
past five years have teams in an NFL division finished in the exact order as
the year before--the 2002 and '03 NFC North and the '04 and '05 NFC West.
Therefore, it will be amazing if Dr. Z's predictions for this season (2007
Scouting Reports, Sept. 3) come true. He projects five of the eight divisions
to finish in the same order as they did last season--and, remarkably, the other
three divisions as only a flip-flop away from doing the same thing.
Jonathan Ruppel, Mount Juliet, Tenn.
writes in The Fall and Rise of Michael Vick (PLAYERS, Sept. 3) that "if
Vick's case has taught us anything, it's that it is dicey to face trouble
during a slow news cycle." Leerhsen adds that the crime's coverage expanded
to fill available media space. In fact, the scale of the coverage was exactly
right. Vick is one of the nation's most gifted athletes, and tens of millions
of people were creeped out by the details.
Bob Frost, San Francisco
is not "inevitable." Many sports fans are disgusted by the criminal
behavior of once-revered pro athletes.
Ken Steuernagel, Dallas
everyone is through punishing Vick, the word that might well describe him when
he returns to football is underdog.
Hwun Yee Chen, Burlingame, Calif.
My wife and I
cried together after reading Rick Reilly's article about Korinne Shroyer's
family, her suicide and how her donated lungs gave life to a stranger, Len
Geiger (LIFE OF REILLY, Sept. 3). The image of Korinne's mom touching the chest
of the recipient of her daughter's lungs--to feel her dead daughter breathe
again--is one that will remain with me for a long time.
Curt Eisenhower, Ashburn, Va.
If this story
doesn't make you run out and get an organ donor card, I don't know what
Simon Sharkey-Gotlieb, Toronto
simply mentioning Alpha-1 (the disease that led to my need for a lung
transplant) in his column, readers have gone to www.alphaone.org to research
this treatable, inherited condition. Increasing awareness of Alpha-1 is a cause
to which I've dedicated my life. But beyond this broader benefit, Rick's column
gave me a chance to publicly thank the family whose unselfish decision saved my
Len Geiger, Jacksonville
bittersweet column shared an amazing story about saving lives and healing
through organ donation, yet it missed an important opportunity to discuss youth
suicide prevention. In 2004 there were 1,983 suicides among adolescents ages 10
to 19 in the U.S., of which nearly half were firearm-related. Basic steps--such
as locking up guns and educating families to look for warning signs of
suicide--can save many young lives each year.
Lauren Raskin Ramos, Alexandria, Va.