The Drive for Five
Thanks for putting Lance Armstrong on the cover, but to summarize the Tour de France in a mere two pages is an injustice (Tour de Lance, Aug. 4). The most compelling race in years saw crashes, epic stages and the top three places separated by mere minutes. What does it say about SI when the Kansas City Royals (Royal Revival, Aug. 4), as nice as their story is, receive more ink than the greatest athlete in the world winning the most grueling cycling race in the world for the fifth straight year?
I read the news. I watched the news. I thought Armstrong was great. Then I read Rick Reilly and really knew just how great his performance was (THE LIFE OF REILLY, Aug. 4). Kudos to Armstrong but also to Reilly. He makes things come alive.
GLORIA M. WILSON, Yuma, Ariz.
Lance is our modern-day Seabiscuit. Don't ever count this guy out.
THOMAS HUGHES, Addison, Texas
SI Goes to the Movies
You had to know your list of The 50 Greatest Sports Movies of All Time! (Aug. 4) was going to bring many responses. Here are my favorites that were left out: Major League, Rudy, The Natural, The Black Stallion, White Men Can't Jump, Rounders and Let It Ride. I just knew these films had to be in there, but no! Thanks for giving us something to talk about at work.
GARY COTTON, Grove City, Ohio
The Great White Hope is better than most of your top 50. Any Given Sunday? You've got to be kidding.
LEN SIMON, La Jolla, Calif.
Great picks. I'm not scolding, but I do believe This Sporting Life starring Richard Harris belongs on your list. The film realistically captures the raw nature and violence of rugby.
TOM FLOM, North Miami
Bend It Like Beckham features a female athlete, an attribute sorely lacking on your list.
ELLEN LIEBMAN, Chicago
Was the inclusion of A League of Their Own some type of Title IX substitution for The Natural"?
New York City
Too bad your list of 50 movies didn't go all the way to 61*.
D. BRUCE BROWN
The Sandlot epitomizes what baseball should be—kids who would give anything just to be able to play. Next time you pick the best sports movies, be sure to include the ones that help keep the athletes dreaming.
KELSIE WAGNER, Northridge, Calif.