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Thanks so much for
putting Jonathan Papelbon (Late & Great, Oct. 1) on your cover only a week
after the Sox nearly blew their onetime double-digit division lead, and only a
week before the playoffs were set to begin. Haven't we Sox fans been through
enough? Now we have to go into the playoffs worrying about your cover jinx.
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Thanks for your
appreciation of retiring beach volleyball legend Karch Kiraly (Now Let Us
Praise Karch Kiraly, Oct. 1). Karch is truly one of those rare individuals who
define the sport they play. Everyone who loves beach volleyball will miss
I have seen
Gretzky, Jordan, Favre, Marino, Elway, Tiger and Federer, but I have never seen
a more dominant athlete than Kiraly. To play as well as he did at age 46 is
more impressive than what forty-somethings like Roger Clemens or Barry Bonds do
in baseball—those guys barely even have to run.
Big Little Men
Zach Thomas, at 5?
11? and 228 pounds, has been a five-time first team All-Pro selection and
seven-time Pro Bowler at middle linebacker for the Dolphins. You called the
sidebar to your Oct. 1 Bob Sanders story "Small Wonders," but it's more
than a small wonder that Thomas was left off David Epstein's list of undersized
NFL players who pack a wallop.
Alive and Punching
I am getting a
little tired of your using the "save boxing" story line every time you
guys decide to cover the sport, as you did in your story on Kelly Pavlik
(PLAYERS, Oct. 8). If boxing is dying, why did our 24/7 De La Hoya--Mayweather
reality series average 4.7 million viewers a week over a four-week period? And
how did the fight itself do 2.4 million buys? If boxing is dying, why was the
Sept. 29 Pavlik vs. Taylor fight the highest-rated program on our network the
week it aired, with more than 2.1 million viewers? If boxing is dying, why is
the anticipation for Calzaghe vs. Kessler, Cotto vs. Mosley and Mayweather vs.
Hatton so great? I think magazines and newspapers that characterize boxing as
dying are trying to rationalize their stubbornness in not covering the sport.
Boxing fans are out there in the millions. You and others are just not serving
their needs. We are.