FOR SEPT. 21, 2015
No disrespect to Moses Malone, who was an exceptional player, but his numbers are not better than Wilt Chamberlain's. While Malone did have more double double seasons , he played 21 years. Chamberlain played only 14 seasons and averaged a double double in every one.
Marvin Chosky, Ravena, N.Y.
Saying Dwight Gooden's exceptional 1985 was "the greatest season since the mound was lowered" overlooks Ron Guidry's remarkable performance in '78. The Yankees' lefthander struck out 248, walked 72 and went 25--3 with a 1.74 ERA in 2762/3 innings—and he had to face a DH.
Ron D'Argenio, Laurys Station, Pa.
Yes, Serena Williams had a great season. However, you did not give enough credit to U.S. Open finalists Roberta Vinci and Flavia Pennetta. These Italian women will probably never get another chance to shine so bright.
Daniel Mulvihill, Perkiomenville, Pa.
If you watched last year's NCAA playoff game between Marcus Mariota's Oregon and Jameis Winston's Florida State, you could have seen Mariota's stunning debut coming. He was sharp and quick-footed; Winston was befuddled and stumbled, and he threw a pick.
Bill Galli, Grants Pass, Ore.
While celebrating Aaron Rodgers, your photo also highlighted the Packers' offensive linemen in charge of protecting him. Their determination comes through perfectly on the cover.
Before anointing Rodgers as "the NFL's best quarterback," remember Tom Brady ranks near the top of nearly every passing category and has four Super Bowl rings. When Rodgers calls it a career, will his accomplishments surpass Brady's?
Ask Oakland fans how valuable Yoenis Cespedes is. When the A's traded him to Boston in July 2014 they were 66--41; afterward, they went 22--33 and lost to the Royals in the AL wild-card play-in game.
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JERRY WACHTER FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (GOODEN)
JOHN W. MCDONOUGH FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (COVER)
GREG FIUME/GETTY IMAGES (CESPEDES)
KIM KLEMENT/USA TODAY SPORTS (MARIOTA)
SIMON BRUTY FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (WILLIAMS)
MANNY MILLAN FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (MALONE)