FOR FEB. 1, 2016
Steve Rushin's vision of Super Bowl 100 was a perfect storm of Kurt Vonnegut and Stanley Kubrick. Brilliant. Unsettling, but brilliant.
Mark Hinshaw, Hobbs, N.M.
If even half of what Rushin writes comes true, then, to quote The Who, "I hope I die before I get old."
Bobby Horn, Stratford, Conn.
After reading Rushin's masterly piece through twice, I'm still fascinated by the predictions, humored by the outrageous novelties and moved to ponder the morality of a game that I and many hold dear.
Zach Weigel, Iowa City
In his examination of Mets manager Terry Collins's crucial World Series Game 5 decision, Tom Verducci captured the unsurpassed thrill of October baseball and the sublime grace that can exist in defeat (This Is What Terry Collins Was Thinking). The computer could belch out every statistical reason why starter Matt Harvey should have been pulled after the eighth. But humanity is what makes sports great.
Bradley McPeek, Cincinnati
Lost in Greg Bishop's riveting account of the Broncos' AFC championship win (La-D-Friggin'-Da) was the way linebacker DeMarcus Ware hit Tom Brady seemingly each time he dropped back in the fourth quarter. Rarely has a Super Bowl--starved star taken his destiny into his own hands as Ware did.
It is mystifying that so many give GM David Griffin a pass for the Cavaliers' mess. I carry no brief for fired coach David Blatt, but Griffin is the one who has the franchise on the fast track to disappointment.
Michael Rosenberg could have been clearer that it wasn't Flint's decision to switch its water supply. The state of Michigan is responsible for this travesty.
Ann Arbor, Mich.
It was a joy to read photographer Tony Tomsic's remarks about the ambience at the first Super Bowl (LEADING OFF), describing it as being almost like a high school game, with none of today's glitz.
Keith Brescia, Falls Church, Va.
Due to an editing error in Reeling in the Wins in the Feb. 8, 2016, issue, we misidentified the city in which the University of Iowa is located. The Hawkeyes play in Iowa City. SI regrets the error.
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