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LETTERS

Kudos to Graney for column on Team Focus

To the sports editor:

What a wonderful column by the Review-Journal’s Ed Graney regarding the program coming to Southern Nevada that mentors fatherless boys (“Team Focus: For the love of a father,” March 25).

As the mother of two sons whose father never has been a part of their lives, I also want to thank Team Focus founder Mike Gottfried for his work with the program and for bringing a chapter of it to Las Vegas.

AUDREY DENSON

Team Focus an example of good people at work

To the sports editor:

After reading Ed Graney’s column about Team Focus, I now know there are good people in the world — and it’s really nice to read about them.

Thank God for people such as Mike Gottfried and those who are helping him.

MITZI VERCHICK

‘Pacman,’ Dallas owner bring sports to new low

To the sports editor:

The attempt by Adam “Pacman” Jones to get reinstated by the NFL and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones stooping to accommodate him marks a new low for sports in this country.

Because of the actions of “Pacman” Jones and his entourage, a man’s life has been irreparably altered with paralysis, and the suspended NFLer shows no remorse.

This past week, Pacman Jones appeared on Michael Irvin’s radio show. Of course, he is in perfect company with Irvin. We all recall Irvin doing anti-drug commercials only to be caught in a hotel room with a crack pipe and a prostitute.

Meanwhile, I have nothing but contempt for Jerry Jones, who would suit up Charles Manson if he thought it would increase his chances of the Cowboys winning.

STEVEN ORTON

Unique 51s nickname shouldn’t be changed

To the sports editor:

The Las Vegas 51s have said they will change their nickname for the 2009 season, but why?

The nickname “51s” is unique and has brought national attention to the franchise.

I appreciate that the new owners of the franchise will let the community choose the new nickname. What I would appreciate more, though, is if they asked the community if it wanted the nickname changed in the first place.

STEVE UFFORD

Honor Robinson? Sure, but what about Babe?

To the sports editor:

To honor Jackie Robinson with a baseball “holiday” is great, but why hasn’t the same been done for Babe Ruth? Babe Ruth is baseball.

Even people who know nothing about baseball know who “The Babe” is.

While Robinson should be honored for what he did in breaking the color barrier in baseball, it’s time the sport honors Ruth for what he did overall.

Not to do so is like giving St. Peter a “holiday” and forgetting about Jesus Christ.

HERMIE COLE

R-J’s baseball coverage slanted toward Red Sox

To the sports editor:

If I want to follow baseball in Las Vegas, I will have to become a Boston Red Sox fan.

Every day in the Review-Journal it’s the same old story: an Associated Press blurb on each of the other teams but a full-blown Red Sox article.

KYLE OTTO

The Review-Journal welcomes letters from its readers. Letters should be 150 words or less and must include the author’s name and phone number. Send letters to: Letters to the Sports Editor, Las Vegas Review-Journal, P.O. Box 70, Las Vegas, NV 89125-0070. Letters also can be e-mailed to: jhawk@reviewjournal.com.

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