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FOR SEPT. 25, 2017

Lee Jenkins really showed the human side of Dwight Howard. Since he left Orlando, I have been a Howard hater, but I swear every time SI runs a feature on an athlete it makes me fall in love with them.

Luke Manley, WASHINGTONVILLE, N.Y.

This article only confirmed my disappointment in Howard. Five children out of wedlock, no direction ... He is smart enough to have changed the trajectory of his life long ago.

Marcus K. Scheel, TEMPLE, TEXAS

The experts selecting the Fittest 50 were apparently among those who did not watch the Floyd Mayweather--Conor McGregor fight. Otherwise they would have seen the glaringly obvious disparity in conditioning between the winner, Mayweather, (unranked on your list) and McGregor (ninth).

Brent J. Mechler II

PARKLAND, FLA.

So, endurance triathlete James Lawrence—who averaged 26.2 miles running, 2.4 miles swimming and 112 miles biking a day, for nearly two months—is less fit than NBA players who whine about having games on back-to-back days? And don't even get me started on baseball players. They may be incredibly talented athletes, but fitter than Lawrence? No.

Dan Wallin, ROSENBERG, TEXAS

Billie Jean King(below, right) says that in women's tennis "we have a long way to go still" to gain equality (A Winning Battle). But she neglects to note that in the Grand Slam events today, women actually make more money per set since they play best-of-three while men play best-of-five. Maybe it's time to ask, Why don't women play best-of-five at the majors as well?

Bob Baron

PHOENIX

COVER

I am not one to tempt the SI cover jinx, especially as an Indians fan. But after witnessing almost a month of the most exciting baseball in years and a record-breaking streak, I reached into the mailbox expecting to find a great cover photo of ... Dwight Howard?Really?

Susan M. Burke

COLUMBUS, OHIO

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POINT AFTER

Michael Rosenberg's essay on streaks reminded me of the unusual ending to Paul Molitor's 39-game hitting streak in 1987. Hitless against the Indians on Aug. 26, the Brewers' DH was on deck in the bottom of the 10th when his teammate Rick Manning drove in the winning run. It was a rare instance of a home crowd booing a walk-off win.

Karl Svatek

DENTON, N.C.

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