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FOR AUGUST 27--SEPTEMBER 3, 2018

THE JOYS OF SUMMER

I'm a Cubs fan, but I have to admit that I'm pulling for the Athletics this year. They're a true team, which is fairly rare in these days of high salaries. This article captures that spirit wonderfully.

Steve Burek

Trevor, Wis.

LEADING OFF

In the text accompanying the great photo essay on Arthur Ashe you mentioned that when he won the 1968 U.S. Open, he was a computer programming instructor at West Point. He was also commissioned, however, to the Army in 1967 from UCLA's ROTC program. During the Open he was on leave from active duty as a lieutenant.

Geoffrey G. Prosch

Arlington, Va.

POINT AFTER

Bryce Love's essay on why he is returning for his senior year at Stanford was refreshing. His decision is a reminder that college football is simply a game to be enjoyed and to be played with passion—even though it's also a big business. Bryce will not only be successful in football but also in whatever else life holds for him.

Michael Gettman

Norfolk, Neb.

WELCOME BACK

I enjoyed the articles on the five players who are making comebacks this season, but I can't understand why you neglected to include perhaps the most versatile running back in the NFL—David Johnson of the Cardinals. After suffering a left wrist injury in Week 1 last year, Johnson will be one of the most watched players in 2018 and one of the first five draft picks in every fantasy football league.

John Rishel

Scottsdale, Ariz.

THE MAN BEHIND

THE FIST

As I finished the story on Robert Quinn, I was reminded how SPORTS ILLUSTRATED throughout its history has not been afraid to allow us to become closer to advocates for social change such as Muhammad Ali. You have helped broaden my own perspective as a white male growing up in a conservative environment.

John Coie

Santa Barbara, Calif.

Quinn's story is similar to those of many athletes covered by SI over the years, and he deserves to be commended for his charitable efforts. But like many protestors, I think he has lost sight of the millions of American military members, police and firefighters who have made the ultimate sacrifice for everyone in this country.

John Hunt

Long Branch, N.J.

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