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It's high time Magic Johnson and Isiah Thomas accepted the fact that Michael Jordan is the best thing to happen to basketball in a long time. Johnson feels he finally got what he deserved last season when he won the MVP award, but Jordan was much more valuable to the Bulls than Johnson was to the Lakers. I hope Jordan gets what he deserves this season: the MVP trophy and a spot on the All-Defensive team.
It will be Boston, not Detroit, trying to dethrone the Lakers. The Celtics already look better than they did last season, even without Kevin McHale. As long as Larry Bird is on the court, no team in the league is better or more interesting to watch.
Somehow it seems fitting that your cover photo of the World Series champion Minnesota Twins (Nov. 2) shows the logo of the Cleveland Indians—on the fence, way off in the distance, all fuzzy and out of focus. It would seem SI's preseason crystal ball was a bit fuzzy and out of focus, too.
Austin Murphy asks the rhetorical question, "What's not to love?" about the Dickerson trade. As a fanatical Ram supporter, I'll gladly inform him. I don't love the fact that Georgia Frontiere, the parsimonious owner of the Rams, couldn't see that for a few hundred thousand more bucks the Rams could still have the ballcarrier destined to become the greatest in pro football history. He was the very heart of the offense, and without him the Rams are likely to finish well behind the hated San Francisco 49ers this season and fail to reach the Super Bowl for the next decade.
IN DUNDEE'S CORNER
As an aspiring playwright, I couldn't help but marvel at the way Gary Smith constructed his piece on Angelo Dundee. By letting his characters speak for themselves while supplying a fascinating structure of style, mystery and drama, Smith provided the reader with an emotionally riveting experience. I laughed and shed a tear or three, but most of all I learned in a thoroughly entertaining manner.