Get Behind Me, Peyton
Your cover describes Eli Manning, while leading the Giants to an upset win over the Packers in the NFC Championship Game in Green Bay, as "ignoring the cold and his brother Peyton's shadow" (Destiny's Chill, Jan. 28). No kidding—if you open the magazine, the first two spreads have ads featuring Peyton.
Zac Hotter, Lime Lake, N.Y.
Football coach Rich Rodriguez's departure from West Virginia to Michigan, less than a year after basketball coach John Beilein made the same jump, angered many Mountaineers fans and had them bemoaning the unfairness of big-time college athletics (PLAYERS, Jan. 28). They should all remember it was only last April when West Virginia plucked basketball coach Bob Huggins from Kansas State in a move that left Kansas State fans equally upset and angry. If you want to compete in today's environment, there is little room for hurt feelings.
David George Schmidt, Harleysville, Pa.
Rodriguez did nothing more than accept a new job and a better opportunity for his family. Yet some Mountaineers fans felt that his decision warranted an innocent high school kid's receiving a death threat. West Virginia fans should take a lesson from their rivals at Marshall, who found out years ago that there are things much more devastating than losing a football coach to another school.
Bart Jackson, Marysville, Ohio
You wrote of the late Georgia Frontiere's tenure as Rams owner (PLAYERS, Jan. 28) that "it all worked." What exactly worked? Frontiere gutted a perennial playoff team, turned them into also-rans, chased away fans who had supported the Los Angeles Rams for nearly 50 years and then bolted for a sweetheart deal in St. Louis. May she rest in peace, but fans of the L.A. Rams have no fond memories of Frontiere.
Robert Shannon, Chicago
In your story on the NBA's Development League (Who's Got Next, Jan. 28), you had a group photograph of all the league's players. As a rabid Duke fan, I noticed a rather uninterested-looking Josh McRoberts, who left school early and was a second-round pick of Portland in the 2007 draft. I couldn't help but wonder if he would rather be playing for Coach K and the Blue Devils this year or bouncing between the Blazers and the Idaho Stampede. I'm sure if he knew that this was how it would all play out, he'd be back where he should be—with the Cameron Crazies.
Luis Vega, Brooklyn
It's amazing what SI can do for a man. S.L. Price's Big Game Hunter, about his at long last buying a new television in advance of the Super Bowl (POINT AFTER, Jan. 28), made my wife see why it is important for men to hunt for that big screen. Now I have that TV I had always wanted!
Chris Donoghue, Milton, Ont.
Big game hunter? You only bought a 26-inch flat panel. That's like shooting a doe in buck season.
Glenn Mahoney, Berwyn, Pa.
Congratulations on your purchase of a new computer monitor.
Jeff Nelson, Cincinnati
Stories like Chris Ballard's report from the scene at the Vegas Classic pigeon race (The Birds, Jan. 28) are the reason I am a lifetime subscriber to SPORTS ILLUSTRATED.
Jamie McMillin, Colorado Springs
Pigeon racing as sport? What next, an article on raising tropical fish?
Bill Loeffler, Davidson, N.C.
I was at the Vegas Classic, and I was embarrassed by the actions of a few of those at the race. As with other sporting events at which the beer flows and gambling is rampant, you could find individuals who were obnoxious and unruly. But that shouldn't diminish the accomplishments of the participants. I hope all those who read Ballard's story gain an appreciation for those one-pound balls of feathers that race home from a distance of hundreds of miles. Readers should also know that for most of us involved in the sport, pigeon racing is a family event that does not involve Elvis, drunks or gambling.
Joe Nemelka, Mapleton, Utah
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