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FOR SEPTEMBER 24--OCTOBER 1, 2018

A DIFFERENT KIND OF CHAMPION

I can't give Serena Williams a pass for her meltdown at the U.S. Open. She deprived Naomi Osaka of the joy she was due after a superlative performance. That should have been the main focus.

Glenn Kipnees

Yardley, Pa.

I started reading your article on Serena fearing another overheated diatribe pitting black versus white, man versus woman. Instead I found a thoughtful article that allowed that both Serena and chair umpire Carlos Ramos could have done better.

Paul Desborough

Fort Pierce, Fla.

PERFECT STORM

Shameful and appalling is the only way I can describe your coverage of the WNBA championship. Seattle's sweep of Washington was amazing, and all you could allot was one page with a few photos? You should be ashamed.

Lisa Lawrenzi

Lowber, Pa.

CRUSHED DAVIS

Stephanie Apstein's article captured the epic frustrations of Orioles fans and the mental anguish of Chris Davis. We empathize with Davis because we know that his hitting woes are not from lack of effort. But what is even more upsetting to me is management's decision to offer a seven-year, $161 million contract to a 30-year-old player who struck out 31% of the time from 2013 to '15.

Stuart Stark

Potomac, Md.

THE MAN BEHIND THE FIST

Your article on Dolphins defensive end Robert Quinn (SI, Aug. 27—Sept. 3) was the greatest I have ever read. Quinn stands for what he believes in, which is a hard thing to do these days.

Joey Giragos (age 12)

Newton, Mass.

14 BACK

A throwback cover featuring the teams with the best rivalry in the history of professional sports? Well done.

Jeff Swanson

Everett, Wash.

As soon as the Yankees lost the final regular-season game in 1978, my friends and I bought tickets in the first row beside the Yankees' bullpen for the one-game playoff at Fenway Park. The day of the game was beautiful, and in the ninth inning the sun was so bright we could hardly even see. How Lou Piniella got his glove on that hit to stop the tying run was amazing. The pain of the loss still lingers. I would not have been able to read Tom Verducci's story if the Red Sox had not eventually broken the curse.

Rick Porter

Chatham, Mass.

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The next edition of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED will be the October 22, 2018, issue. Look for it on newsstands and in your mailbox beginning on October 17.