Texas Ram

Week of December 25, 2002

Texas Ram
Loves the Cowboys, likes Kurt Warner: I am a 35-year Dallas Cowboys fan and counting. I've seen the 1-15 seasons and five Super Bowl championships. I hated it when the Rams came to town, because now all I see are Rams games every week. But when Kurt Warner hit the scene, he was awesome to watch [Jim Nesbitt, "Faded Love," December 18]. I will stick with the Cowboys but enjoyed watching Warner. What really irritated me about the Rams were most of their fans. They are Rams fans, not football fans. When Warner, Faulk and Bruce were on, they were the greatest. Now all I hear is how Warner let the team down and how Bruce and Holt have quit trying. Warner's had four hand injuries and a concussion, and he's still trying to be the one to be counted on -- isn't that what we are supposed to look up to? No, not Rams fans -- they attack him. During the losing streak, it was hilarious to listen to KFNS [590 AM] in the morning -- what a joke. These guys really need to stick to what they know, which is local high-school basketball.
Joe Povis

Older guys love them, too: I loved the article [Mike Seely, "Chasing the Young," December 11] but must disagree in one respect. Your article states that [WB11's] target audience is "younger females." I am a 48-year-old conservative male that you typically describe as a major network viewer. Which I was, until I stumbled onto Melanie and Kathryn. Now I am an addict -- I don't miss them if at all possible. In fact, I don't watch much prime-time TV at all. But I come runnin' at 9 p.m. every night just to catch my "TV girlfriends," as my wife calls 'em. On another note: I have a vacation home on Bull Shoals Lake. I only get one channel, KOLR-TV (Channel 10) out of Springfield, where Melanie's twin sister Melissa is the weekend anchor. It's like getting a "Melanie fix" while down there.
Dennis Stroot
via the Internet

Grant me this wish: If I had my druthers, I'd rather watch a voluptuous young female read the news about a crack addict who shot a liquor-store owner in north St. Louis than [someone in] a bad toupee read the same news. Somehow I get lost in the real news with the subliminal! Thanks, WB11, for bringing Howard Stern's show to the evening news.
Mike Dobson

Profane Sport
Watch the language: Your cover story "Feed the Beast" [Mike Seely, December 4] certainly was a cold blast on the heated topic of college-basketball recruiting from the St. Louis area. Knowing that thousands of high-school students with ready access to your free paper would be reading the piece, was it really necessary for the story to include the unedited version of Mike Seely's writing, including his vision of what losing recruiters end up doing? Just because we now all know what Mike Seely does after a bad day at the office, it doesn't make for appropriate reading by high-school students, much less the general public. Also appalling is reading in the same story the unedited quotes from AAU Gators coach Mike Martin, which include his eloquent words of wisdom "I don't think the guy from SLU [Soderberg] knows his ass from first base" and "Had they signed Blake Ahearn, they'd have sold 100 season tickets. I'm not gonna go down there and watch some fucker from Minnesota who's average." It's just a shame your paper seems more interested in being toilet paper than a newspaper.
Aaron Williams
St. Louis

Block that vulgarity: Generally I found your article quite interesting. However, while the subject matter may be of great interest to my son, who is on one of the freshman basketball teams at DeSmet, I have no intention of showing it to him because of the gratuitous vulgarity. Needless to say, I would be a fool to think that he is unaware of such terms or that he would be unable to grasp the image which you sought to convey with the Hustler magazine reference. But was all that necessary or even appropriate? I think not. You and your superiors knew, or should have known, that a sizable percentage of your readership of this article would be of high-school age. So was the point just to show how cool you were, that you could use curse words and crude sexual references (as well as some rather indecipherable metaphors) and get away with it? Big deal -- that goes on in the RFT all the time. What's next? A throwaway line about strippers in a review of the children's-theater program in Florissant?
Larry Gillespie
University City

Thumbs Down
On the button: I couldn't agree more with your review [Dennis Brown, "This Anything Should Go," December 11]. I saw this production [Anything Goes] in New York City at Lincoln Center with Patty LuPone as Reno Sweeney, and it was wonderful. The Rep did this frequently enjoyable, lighthearted entertainment no justice. The singing was a disservice to Cole Porter's lyrics. I was frankly appalled when the performance got a standing ovation. Thanks for an honest review.
Michelle Drabin
via the Internet

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