The Mia Generation
As an avid reader of your magazine, I have enjoyed countless swimsuit issues. After reading Gary Smith's The Secret Life of Mia Hamm (Sept. 22), I believe Mia's persistence, work ethic, courage, humility and kindness make her the sexiest female to ever grace SI's cover. Nomar's a lucky guy!
KEVIN J. HASTIE, Clarks Summit, Pa.
To see her accomplishments, all Miahamm (it's one long word for my seven-year-old, soccer-playing daughter) needs to do is cruise across America's soccer fields and watch the sea of girls playing the game.
Dix Hills, N.Y.
I don't believe that this lavish treatment of one female superstar will make up for your generally pathetic coverage of women's sports.
The league she plays in was just shut down, mainly due to lack of interest. It's pretty apparent that nobody cares about her sport, so why put her on the cover?
CHRIS MARTIN, Little Elm, Texas
Don't give me victories. Give me heart. Thank you, SI. Thank you, Gary Smith. Most of all, thank you, Mia Hamm.
CLIFTON HESTER, Wilmington, N.C.
Stick to sportswriting, and leave the psychoanalysis to trained professionals.
JENNIFER DUGGAN, Wethersfield, Conn.
Gary Smith makes guys cry.
DENNIS BROMKA, Portland
Missing the Hits
I don't know what fight Richard Hoffer was watching, but from the couch I was on, Oscar De La Hoya got robbed—again (A Super Lightweight Conspiracy Theory, Sept. 22)! Maybe I just don't understand the rules of boxing, but when you win two thirds of the rounds and land almost 100 more punches than the other guy, you should win. I have not talked with one person who saw the fight who agrees with the decision.
SHAWN SALHOFF, Pleasanton, Calif.
Perhaps the drastic action of Gordon Gee, Vanderbilt's chancellor, in eliminating the athletic department is needed to curtail the frequent excesses of college sports (SCORECARD, Sept. 22). Indeed, two pages later you report that Georgia athletic boosters spent $309,000 to "refurbish and maintain" athletic director Vince Dooley's home. I'm sure Georgia's scholarship fund could have put that money to good use.
MICHAEL B. GREENE Lexington, Mass.
Tom Verducci does a disservice to Houston in his description of the "crumbling, condemned buildings" around Minute Maid Park ( Houston, We Have Liftoff, Sept. 22). Like several other major league cities ( Baltimore and Denver come to mind), Houston is revamping much of its downtown, which now boasts a variety of trendy restaurants and loft apartments. Just down the street from the ballpark, one of the most charming venues in the majors, is the NBA Rockets' new arena. Sure, Texans love football, but some of the best playoff baseball of the past two decades has featured players representing Houston.
RANDY SCHULTZ, Sherman Oaks, Calif.