FOR NOV. 2, 2015
I got back from a jog in 25-mph winds, which wedged grit under my contact lenses. I took them out and put in eyedrops but was still in pain. Then I saw Steve Rushin's story on the Rugby World Cup (Ruck & Roll), and tears washed down my face as I read his hilarious, lively piece. Thank you for clearing up my problem naturally.
Rick Burns, Bend, Ore.
I enjoyed your article on the resurgent Owls (No Trick, Just Treat) but wanted to note that Temple won the Middle Atlantic Conference title in 1967. I should know; I played on the offensive line on that team. It is the only football conference title the school has won, but hopefully that won't be true after this great season.
Steve Caporiccio, Dover, Del.
It was wonderful to see Formula One in your issue (LEADING OFF), and Lewis Hamilton is a deserving champion. However, Andrew Lawrence's statement that "to rate among the very best, you have to win at least three world titles" ignores Jim Clark, who won only two before he was killed in a Formula Two race in Hockenheim, Germany, in 1968.
Beach Tredennick, Acton, Mass.
I am not sure what was more fascinating about your story on e-sports (Game of Throngs): that competitive gaming is the nation's fastest growing sport or that few involved at even the highest level would know what SPORTS ILLUSTRATED is.
Andy Davis, Fanwood, N.J.
After Daniel Murphy appeared on my cover, he made key errors in Games 4 and 5, both Mets losses, and was an offensive nonfactor in the World Series. The Curse of the Billy Goat has nothing on SI's cover jinx.
Was this week's Sign of the Apocalypse Tokyo Sexwale's candidacy for FIFA president, or SI's making a joke out of an anti-apartheid activist, former political prisoner and successful businessman because of his name?
Michael Rosenberg hit the nail on the head about revising the sports calendar, but I don't think Super Bowls should be in domes (like New Orleans's). They should be held in all weather. If corporate sponsors don't want to sit outside, let real fans attend.
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JEFF HAYNES FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (COVER)
CARLOS M. SAAVEDRA FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (ROSENBERG)
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SIMON BRUTY FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (CAR)
CHRISTOPHER SZAGOLA/CAL SPORT MEDIA (TEMPLE ACTION)