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FOR JANUARY 14, 2019


I was at the Fog Bowl in 1988 between the Bears and the Eagles and remember being so impressed with how referee Jim Tunney managed the game. When the fog set in, he spoke to both coaches and then quickly contacted league officials. When they decided to play, Tunney kept fans informed about the action. He kept the game from being a total disappointment.

Norman Jones

Crystal Lake, Ill.


Your list of the 50 fittest athletes must not be age adjusted because it does not include a 41-year-old quarterback playing at an unprecedented level for a person of his—or anyone's—age. Tom Brady's sustained excellence is testament not only to his innate ability but also to his obsessive dedication to diet and training.

Jon Bogle

Alpharetta, Ga.


As a young viewer in the 1980s one of my favorite shows was John Byner's Bizarre, which introduced me to Super Dave Osborne. His stunts, which were always destined to meet with failure, were comedy gold for a teenager like myself. Steve Rushin's tribute to Super Dave was a great way to fondly remember a very underrated performer.

Bob Dahlstrom

Wilcox, Ariz.


Emma Baccellieri's story on Lisa Lane brought back lots of memories of the 1970s, when chess was sweeping the U.S. and the world. Here's hoping we will become a nation of chess lovers once again.

Gilbert Battung

San Ramon, Calif.


I've been fortunate enough over the years to have attended many major sporting events—a World Series, the Super Bowl, the Masters and more. I never had much of an interest in horses, but the late William Nack's article (SI, Dec. 31) on the Kentucky Derby was truly inspirational. This May, I'm heading for mint juleps and the Run for the Roses.

John Leach

Waterford, Mich.


The word lie, or variations of it, appears in the article on Todd Marinovich 22 times. As Lao Tzu wrote, "A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step." By revealing the lie, Marinovich has taken that step. It's wobbly, it's halting, but it's a step.

Marc D. Greenwood

Camp Hill, Ala.


In a photo in The Tide Has Turned in the Jan. 14 issue, we incorrectly identified Clemson's A.J. Terrell (8) as Justyn Ross. SI regrets the error.

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