FOR NOV. 9, 2015
Years of one-and-done players has diminished my love of college basketball, but Fred VanVleet's story (Urban Legend) is worth rooting for. Let's hope for another Final Four run for the Shockers.
Lonnie Burstein, Studio City, Calif.
I enjoyed your men's college basketball rankings. However, I was disappointed with the women's rankings. I think they deserve more attention in the magazine, especially non--top 5 teams that are still elite squads, such as Maryland and Ohio State, and others such as DePaul and Princeton.
Russell Finelsen, Fairfax, Va.
This year's College Basketball Preview was dominated by SI's Performance Projection System instead of your usual insightful narrative. Please save the sabermetrics and give us thoughtful, well-written prognostications.
Ken Heck, Mattoon, Ill.
What an amazing photo of American Pharoah crossing the finish line at the Breeders' Cup Classic (LEADING OFF)—1,200 pounds of glorious animal barely breaking a sweat, with the jockey looking at the camera as if to say, "This was too easy."
Jeffrey A. Chandler, New York City
The cover line claims the Royals "ran off with a World Series title no one saw coming." But Kansas City dominated the AL Central and finished with the AL's best record. I think plenty of people saw a championship coming.
Contrary to what Tom Verducci writes (Crowning Moment), the Royals didn't come up with a new model for success in the game. They just went back to the way baseball used to be played. Eric Hosmer's baserunning was actually vintage Ty Cobb.
The item on the coaching and quarterback changes in the AFC East (Standing Pats) brings to mind the most impressive feat in the win-now-or-else era: The Steelers have had just three head coaches since 1969—not to mention a good track record.
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GREG NELSON FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (VANVLEET)
ERICK W. RASCO FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (COVER)
AL TIELEMANS FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (BRADY)
ELSA/GETTY IMAGES (BELICHICK)
NAM Y. HUH/AP (KELSEY MITCHELL)
DYLAN BUELL/GETTY IMAGES (AMERICAN PHAROAH)