FOR JULY 16—JULY 23, 2018
ODELL BECKHAM JR.
Poor Odell. He claims to "just naturally stand out" and then whines because people notice him and make him feel as if he's in a zoo. He says he has "no privacy." Well, he can't have it both ways—wanting to be the center of attention and getting upset when people give him that attention.
Twenty-two pages of overblown egos in clothes unaffordable to those who read your magazine? I don't want to waste my time with such nonsense. I trust I'm not the only one.
FIT FOR THE KING
One particular player is missing from the LeBron James cover: Elgin Baylor. No list of all-time Lakers is complete without him. In 14 years with the team he averaged 27.4 points and 13.5 rebounds. The SI staff should appreciate not only one of the greatest Lakers, but also one of the greatest players in NBA history.
National City, Calif.
While there is simply no excuse for Kirk Gibson's rude behavior during his earlier career, it's great to see him recognize that and use his position to educate others. Thirty years after his on-field accomplishments, and facing one of his biggest challenges, he is using his energy and platform to make wide-scale positive impacts.
THE UNFORTUNATE GREATNESS OF MIKE TROUT
How ironic: a brilliant piece on Mike Trout, a once-in-a-generation baseball player who does everything the right way but is unappreciated. And yet Beckham is on the cover?
Batting average aside, Mookie Betts and Mike Trout have nearly identical statistics. What's not close is the team comparison: The Red Sox have the best record in baseball, and the Angels are .500. Why is Trout the runaway favorite to win the MVP? This is a big swing and a miss.
GIVE PIECE A CHANCE
The high number of World Cup goals coming off set pieces rather than from the run of play speaks to a game that more resembles rugby and an aesthetic that frustrates the viewer. Teams move down the field with fouls instead of with passes. At this point, they might as well bypass the 90 minutes and proceed right to the shootout.
Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich.
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