Last week I spoke with Michael McKnight, the author of Intercepted: The Rise and Fall of NFL Cornerback Darryl Henley. Henley has been in prison for nearly two decades, in part for his involvement with the transportation of cocaine, a transgression further complicated when he was drawn into a conspiracy to murder the judge who’d presided over his trial and one of the witnesses who’d testified against him.
Newell Flather, a WBUR listener, e-mailed to suggest that neither the author nor I had mentioned what had happened to that witness, Tracy Donaho, the former Rams cheerleader who was actually arrested with the cocaine. “We were left wondering about the consequences for her,” Mr. Flather wrote. “I hope you can satisfy our curiosity.”
Certainly, Mr. Flather. Tracy Donaho served a four month sentence in a half-way house.
Our story last week about the so-called fire sale by which Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria significantly lowered his payroll by sending several of his best players to the Toronto Blue Jays for prospects irked Alan Silverman, who hears the program on WAMC in Albany. But Mr. Silverman was less concerned with today’s Marlins than with what the team had previously accomplished. “It’s grossly unfair for the Marlins to win two World Series so quickly in their history,” he wrote. “That is simply wrong. Measures should be taken to make sure it never happens again. If there is any justice in the world, Marlins fans and fans of the New York Yankees will not see another winning season before the 25th century.”
Darrell Windle, who describes himself as “a Cubs usher who winters in Miami,” wrote to say he enjoyed my conversation with prognosticator extraordinaire Nate Silver on last week’s program. “I was a frequent visitor to his website prior to the election,” Mr. Windle wrote. “I was somewhat calmed by his predictions. Keep up the good work. It’s a pleasure to support my local stations, which air shows like yours.”
That conversation with Nate Silver provoked lots of listeners to present their theories about how the value of baseball players should be measured, and you can read them all here, where you can also leave a comment. Perhaps it will be a comment like the one Tom Friedman, another WBUR listener, left this week. “I cannot think of words to express how much I enjoy listening to your show,” he wrote. “Unlike the lunatics ranting on sports talk radio, you stick to the premise that titles the show. Thanks for the amusing, engaging, and often tongue-in-cheek reports.”