FOR NOV. 10, 2014
As a retired Marine who is heterosexual and who was raised in South Carolina, I am sure it might appear to some that I would be the type of man who would be turned off by Max Lenox's upbringing, in which he was raised by two gay fathers (Do Ask, Do Tell). Instead, I was absolutely blown away by his story. God bless Max and those great men who adopted him.
Terence D'Alesandro, San Jose
Just when I was starting to despair about the intolerance and meanness in our world, along comes this inspiring story about Max and his dads. Sports, and the stories about those who play them, often remind us of the best of humanity.
Dick Tomeo, South Thomaston, Maine
FOR NOV. 17, 2014
I just finished reading your story (Love, Loss and Survival) on Pelicans forward Ryan Anderson and the loss of his girlfriend, Gia Allemand to suicide, and I cried. I cried because I too am a survivor of suicide, as my brother took his life. Then I read Steve Rushin's column about Dante Chiappetta and what the Yale football team has done for him and I cried again, this time tears of thankfulness and joy.
Bob Fuller, Vermillion, S.D.
I was first drawn to your article on Ryan Anderson because he starred at Cal, my alma mater. While reading it, I was totally unnerved by his story. I have lost four friends to suicide over the years, and you could have used the same "I never saw a sign" line that is mentioned about all of them. Hats off to Ryan for stepping forward and becoming a spokesperson for suicide awareness.
Rich Fong, Sebastopol, Calif.
I was excited to see the headline on your college basketball preview cover, PLUS, ALL 351 TEAMS RANKED, hoping to see my alma mater, Dartmouth. To my surprise, the rankings were not in the magazine but only online. It would be nice if your headlines were less misleading in the future.
Your Pro-Files feature is quickly becoming my favorite section of the magazine. I loved reading about David Eckstein and his post-MLB career. Glad to see that he and his wife, Ashley, are excelling in their new endeavor.
Jeffrey S. Ball
Where's the respect for the women's game? You rank the top 16 men's teams and include two feature articles, while only ranking the top 5 women's teams with no features.
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VICTORIA WILL FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (LENOX)
ANDREW HANCOCK FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (COVER)
OCTAVIAN CANTILLI FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (ECKSTEINS)
DAVID E. KLUTHO/SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (WOMEN'S BASKETBALL)
DAYMON GARDNER FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (ANDERSON)
COURTESY OF RYAN ANDERSON (ANDERSON AND ALLEMAND)