My favorite item was Steve Rushin's essay on "Place to Watch a Game." I was at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics opening ceremonies, seated so high I had to have someone tell me who lit the torch. It took every bit as long to get to the seats and back to the hotel as he described. Besides having all the comforts of home, TV viewers are spared something that attendees aren't: the exorbitantly escalating cost of attending the events that ticket holders have to bear.
GARY DEHAVEN, Knoxville, Tenn.
It Isn't the Second City
I've always been a little suspicious of New York-based SI's regional chauvinism, but your overrated-underrated issue took the cake. Question: What do the following preferences have in common: Whitey Ford over Nolan Ryan, Joe DiMaggio over Cal Ripken, Mickey Rivers over Mark Fidrych, Phil Simms over Bob Waterfield, and Freeman McNeil over Franco Harris? Hint: What's the difference between the underrated Dr. J of the New York Nets and the overrated Dr. J of the Philadelphia 76ers?
JULES LAW, Chicago