FOR NOV. 6, 2017
It is refreshing to find that at least one coach—Michigan State's Tom Izzo—and one player—forward Miles Bridges—understand the real value of college sports (Spartan Existence). I applaud Bridges for going with his heart over his wallet and returning for a sophomore season.
Robert Steer, LOUISVILLE
What a splendid opening spread to Tom Verducci's story, showing images of all 22 homers that had been hit in the World Series through Game 5. Notwithstanding slick baseballs, pitching carousels and the tension of every game, it was the breathtaking blasts that defined this Series—and, indeed, today's game.
In his argument for the end of tanking in sports (SCORECARD), Jack Dickey concludes, "The most effective approach remains shame." As no team in any sport has ever been shamed into stopping the practice—let alone reduced ticket prices while tanking—he is advocating bringing a butter knife to a gunfight.
Watching the last quarter of the women's NCAA final, I was also bothered to see Mississippi State's Morgan William on the bench (Big Shot). It didn't seem right. I'm glad to read that coach Vic Schaefer had a reasonable rationale for not playing her, but I wonder what William thinks of his reasoning.
FRESH MEADOWS, N.Y.
SI's June 30, 2014, cover (above) has garnered plenty of attention since the Astros fulfilled its promise—and even spawned some funny memes about our foresight.
SI senior writer Alan Shipnuck
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