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FOR NOV. 20--27, 2017

At a time when people are looking to blame the world for their problems, Shaquem Griffin takes a positive approach (Able Bodied). Thank you for spreading his message: Believe in what you can do and then work hard to make your dreams happen.

Russell Newton


Regarding the claim that Duke's Mike Krzyzewski was the first Division I coach to reach 1,000 wins at one school (Scorecard), I believe Tennessee's Pat Summitt had already accomplished that feat. With 1,098 victories at Tennessee over her 38-year career, which was ended prematurely by early-onset dementia, Summitt was one of the greatest coaches ever—male or female—in college basketball history.

Audrey Riha


Dan Greene's article on the East St. Louis High football team was a welcome perspective on the urban Midwest (SCORECARD). To start revitalizing crippled cities we must highlight the successes of the next generation and encourage those kids to be proud of their hometowns.

Mike Morton


Ben Baskin's story on Julio Jones reminded me of my all-time favorite Jones play (Comically Good). The Falcons were playing the Buccaneers in 2015, when a Tampa Bay player jumped offside. Quarterback Matt Ryan, knowing it would be a free play, threw a risky pass into the end zone. A Buc picked off the throw and took off, but Jones ran at top speed for 80-plus yards to catch him. Effort like that from a star on a play that didn't even count is inspiring.

Philip A. Smith, SALUNGA, PA.


Reading your Best Issue, I was disappointed to see no "best" articles featuring women. SI is read by men and women of all ages. I find it an unfortunate reflection of today's society that SI focuses mainly on men's sports.

Judy Gibson


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I read with great interest Jack McCallum's column on the longstanding Thanksgiving football game in his town. I am part of a group that has played touch football every Sunday from September through April since the mid-1980s. I am 64 and have had a hip resurfacing. Another guy has had a total knee replacement. So forgive me if I'm not that impressed by that annual game.

David Weinman





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