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October 20, 2003
Ducks Flamb�The Oregon Ducks start the season as if Joey Harrington is still with us, and we are already smelling roses. The team fashions an amazing upset, soundly defeating Michigan by shutting down one of the best rushing teams in the nation (Make Way for Ducks, Sept. 29). Then a strange—or maybe not so strange—thing happens. You put the Ducks on your cover before their game against the Washington State Cougars, and Oregon makes mistakes they haven't made all season, including nine turnovers, two blocked punts and innumerable other errors leading to coach Mike Bellotti's worst loss ever. A lot of people are scratching their heads wondering what happened. I'd say the SI cover jinx is alive and well!Susan Miller, Lake Oswego, Ore.
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Ready Teddy
Your interview with President George W. Bush (Sports in America, Sept. 29) was to the point and amusing. However, I don't agree with your claim that Bush "may be the most physically fit President ever." Although the White House has certainly known its share of slugs over the years, the title of fittest president must go to our 26th, Theodore Roosevelt. After a full day of administrative responsibilities in the West Wing, he would hike the rugged terrain of Rock Creek Park, do chin-ups from a bridge over the Potomac—or go swimming in it—play a full set of tennis or practice jujitsu and wrestling in the White House residence.
Pete Matthews, Brooklyn

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