FOR FEB. 15--22, 2016
The Broncos' defense was dominant (Von Trapped), but let's keep Denver's success in perspective. In three playoff games the 1985 Bears allowed a total of 10 points.
Art Luttrell, Kokomo, Ind.
Chris Ballard's article on Dirk Nowitzki(Happy Trails) was an outstanding appreciation of a marvelous, longtime talent. But Ballard may have actually underplayed Nowitzki's achievement in 2011. He's one of only two players since '04 to lead his team to a championship without the support of another All-Star.
James M. Baker, Rocklin, Calif.
After Gary Smith retired, I thought the days when an SI writer captivated me with a subject that I had absolutely zero interest in were over. Fortunately, Michael McKnight and his story on Kent Cox and his bull, Bushwacker (The Bull Whisperer), proved me wrong.
Rick Berkey, Comstock Park, Mich.
By recommending fines instead of postseason bans as punishment to schools that violate NCAA rules, Louisville coach Rick Pitino has lost all perspective (SCORECARD). There is no fine that rich-getting-richer programs could not cover. The penalties should impact what matters most: ability to succeed on the court.
Kerry Walsh, Clinton, Ind.
My dad saved his first SI in 1967, when our hometown Packers won Super Bowl I, and he kept the next year's edition when Green Bay won again. He waited for the Super Bowl issue each year, adding it to his collection on the wall in his home office. As his health started to fail—he died in 2005—I took over the tradition, which I plan to continue well into my golden years. When the issue on Super Bowl 50 arrived in my mailbox, I was reminded of great times with my father, along with many years of enjoying SI.
I loved the column by DeMarcus Ware. I just wish, as a Dallas fan, that he had been able to give that pregame speech when he was a Cowboy.
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