FOR FEB. 8, 2016
I had no idea that after his storied NHL career, Jeremy Roenick(bottom, near right) became the "Face of the Franchise" quarterback on your cover. What can you say? The guy had talent.
AJ Loprete, Concord, Mass.
At first glance, I really thought Edward Snowden(middle) was on the cover.
Rachel Eckstein Medford, Ore.
Is it just me or does the composite look like former QB Jeff George(far right)?
Jim Surabian Palm Desert, Calif.
John Iacono's picture of Tom Brady tossing a pass from a "perfect pocket" was indeed stellar (LEADING OFF). But as for Peter King's suggestion that it was textbook blocking, I'm not sure. I see a lot of holding, grabbing and pushing.
Bill Taglia, Southington, Conn.
I loved Tim Layden's piece about Packers wideout Max McGee(Print the Legend), especially his references to McGee's career as Green Bay's radio broadcaster. It reminded me of the days when my family muted the television for Packers games and listened to Max and Jim Irwin's call instead. They provided the sound track to my childhood Sunday afternoons.
I enjoyed Jacob Feldman's essay on older athletes having superb winter seasons, but I was bummed not to see Kelly Slater, 44, mentioned. He won the Volcom Pipe Pro on Feb. 2, defeating 20-year-old Makai McNamara, who wasn't even born when Slater won the first of his 11 world titles.
Jacksonville Beach, Fla.
I couldn't help but notice in your story about Super Bowl advertising(George Orwell, Budway Joe and Ling Ling the Impolitic Panda), that the three most recent landmark ads were linked to the Redskins' last three Super Bowl appearances: the Apple spot in 1984, the Bud Bowl inspired by '88, and Reebok's Dan and Dave ads in '92. If that pattern continues, we may be in for a long drought of Super Bowl ad milestones.
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NHL IMAGES/NHLI/GETTY IMAGES (ROENICK)
BARTON GELLMAN/GETTY IMAGES (SNOWDEN)
FOCUS ON SPORT/GETTY IMAGES (GEORGE)
KELLY CESTARI/WSL/GETTY IMAGES (SLATER)
YOUTUBE.COM (BUD BOWL)
WALTER IOOSS JR. FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (MCGEE)
JOHN IACONO FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (BRADY)