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I instantly liked Tomlinson when I noticed he never spiked the ball or danced like a maniac after getting a first down. He earned his records with class and honor, and will be remembered long after his career is over. May that be many years from now.
In your notable sports accomplishments of the year you should have at least mentioned Jamaica's Asafa Powell, the 100-meter record holder. He equaled his own world mark of 9.77 seconds twice in 2006 and ran an unprecedented 12 sub-10-second clockings.
I was moved recalling the many sports figures remembered in Farewell in your year-end issue, but I'm afraid you forgot Ferenc Puskas, who in the 1950s was one of the best soccer players in the world and the captain of a Hungarian national team that set new standards for play.
... my dad, Kirk Gebert, who played basketball for Washington State, which in 1941 played Wisconsin for the NCAA title. Though the Cougars lost 39--34, Dad scored 21 of his team's 34 points.
I enjoy SI, but I would like to correct an error concerning my father, Northwestern football coach Randy Walker, who was remembered in Farewell. My father began his coaching career at NU in 1999, not in 2001 as you wrote. You also might have mentioned that his Wildcats shared—with Michigan and Purdue—the Big Ten championship in 2000. My dad was also, I believe, the only coach to defeat all 11 teams that are currently in the Big Ten, having beaten Northwestern as the Miami ( Ohio) coach in '95.
When people hear the name Earl Woods, many immediately think of Tiger and some also think of Earl's breaking the color barrier as a college catcher, but I think of him as Lieutenant Colonel Woods, U.S. Army, a decorated Green Beret who commanded men in Vietnam and served his country.
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