FOR FEB. 13, 2017
I was very impressed with the Patriots' comeback in Super Bowl LI (Suspended Disbelief), but I couldn't help but feel that the Falcons were slighted by the NFL's overtime rules. Tom Brady did a fabulous job effecting a tie at the end of regulation, but the ensuing coin toss was New England's best offensive call of the game.
John Schirack, Sandy, Utah
Time to make room in the Pete Carroll wing of the Patriots' Hall of Fame for a statue of the Falcons' Dan Quinn, now the second coach whose boneheaded late-game play-calling handed the Lombardi Trophy to New England.
Thomas M. Moriarty, Niantic, Conn.
Michael McCann and L. Jon Wertheim's story on the parole status of O.J. Simpson (Time to Be Released?) was thoughtful and well-written, but I had one quibble. They said that the verdict in Simpson's murder trial was less about the merits of the case than it was a direct response to years of "perceived racial bigotry" by the LAPD. Perceived? Contrary to current thought, it is not political correctness or fake news to state a fact, however unpleasant it may be.
Mark J. O'Brien, Tampa
Nico Mannion is a freshman high school basketball player, and SI devotes 10 pages to him (In the Middle)? What's next? Trolling the playgrounds for promising fifth-graders?
Breckenridge Hills, Mo.
Reading Greg Bishop's story on the Patriots' Super Bowl victory, I thought about all the remarkable sports moments that have happened in the last 12 months. Since Villanova's Kris Jenkins hit a three at the buzzer to win the NCAA title, the Cavaliers have come back from a 3--1 Finals deficit, the Cubs have won the World Series in a dramatic Game 7, Clemson has captured the national championship with one second left—and now, New England's incredible rally. We, the sports fans, are the real winners.
Alan Magill, Brooklyn
I was disappointed that you published an article by Dr. Khalid Ballouli, clearly taking a side on the controversial immigration issue. I lettered three years in baseball at Texas A&M, so I am fully interested in and supportive of the Muslim Aggie. However, I believe SI should stay out of politics and stick to sports.
Mark Magee Katy, Texas
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