IN YOUR column about the big Dodgers' trade, you note that the Yankees and Giants have made the same number of World Series appearances over the last 10 years. But to give your readers a clearer picture of the two teams' overall performances, you should have included the fact that the Yankees made nine total playoff appearances over that time span while the Giants have made just three. But that would have destroyed the premise of your column.
Ed Jezyk, via email
I'm confused. I thought reaching and winning the World Series was the goal, not simply making the playoffs. So in hockey, does that mean the Sharks should be more delighted than the Los Angeles Kings about the last 10 years? Ask each team's fans which are happier.
YOU SAID the Dodgers should now be called the LAnkees. C'mon Purdy, get it right. It's either the Donkees or the Yankers.
Dean Seavers, Sacramento
You have a lot of free time in Sacramento, don't you?
IF ANYONE needs further proof about money and winning, I would suggest the A.L. West standings, where the A's remain several games ahead of the Angels.
Brian Hough, via email
Exactly. Also, with two wild-card playoff spots now available instead of one, it's possible for a team to be the fifth-best team in the regular season, get hot and still win the World Series. Another reason the Giants shouldn't be panicking.
YOUR COLUMN about Lance Armstrong would have been more valid if
Michael Batie, via email
Armstrong had the chance to take his case to a courtroom -- which a federal judge said he could do if he was unhappy with the arbitration hearing result -- but he decided not to even challenge his accusers in arbitration. That was his choice, not mine.
GEE, HERE'S another I-hate-sailing in the papers. Who would have guessed? Writers like you do not understand a love of sailing. So you can only paint money instead of seeing what all of us see in it. Please go back to your black hole and leave us who enjoy the sport alone.
Douglas Brusig, Seattle
I don't hate sailing. I have sailor friends. I've loved being on the water with them. But the sport too often embraces its uppity image. Example: The Golden Gate Yacht Club could have opened its doors to the public during last weekend's America's Cup World Series in San Francisco. Security guards outside the doors sent a different message.
I READ your column about women doing well at the Olympics and then seeing their professional sports leagues fail in the United States. When the front page of the paper as well as page one of the sports section shows men's football, baseball and basketball, you wonder why women's spectator sports can't get traction? Mr. Purdy, what is the media's role in creating demand for women's sports?
Ann Schneider, Millbrae
The media's role is not to "create demand" but to report and analyze. The public and corporate sponsors create to demand. But I've talked to promoters of women's sports who say they have a hard time even getting female CEO's to sign on and sponsor women's events.
I CAN understand your confusion in not understanding why more people do not support women's sports. Maybe I can help you. From the beginning, when you said, "Women rule the Olympics," you should have said, "Women rule the Women's Olympics"! Title IX can force schools to support women's athletics, and I certainly support that at the high school level. But it cannot force people to pay to watch an inferior product. I applaud their hard work and all of their efforts to achieve their goals against other women. I hope you realize not one woman has ever set a world's record! They have set WOMEN'S world records!
David E. Smith, San Ramon
So in other words, no one should care about college football or minor league baseball, either, because the overall talent compared to the NFL and MLB creates an "inferior product." Competition is competition. There should be an audience for all of it.
THE LOGIC you use in your columns is pure bull. Do you work for the Republican National Committee?
Clint Crabtree via email
FANS WANT facts, analysis, information. We don't need your opinion so much. We can get lots of that with buddies over beers.
Rick Ellis, Sunnyvale
GET OFF the couch and get a life.
Ted Trambley, via email
KEEP THE faith. You write great stuff.
Tyler Bell, Manhattan Beach
Thanks, Tyler. You and I should go yachting sometime.
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