... Parry O'Brien, who permanently redefined shot-putting technique with his " O'Brien glide." He also won two golds and a silver over four Olympiads from 1952 to '64.
J.J. Shaughnessy, Long Beach, Calif.
... WWE wrestler Chris Benoit. Perhaps he does not deserve a farewell after killing his wife and son in a double murder--suicide. But his death is important because it has raised many questions about both the use of steroids and the effects of concussions in professional wrestling.
Curtis Saville, Newmarket, Ont.
Alexander Wolff's exemplary article on the 1982 Virginia-Chaminade game (The Greatest Upset Never Seen, Dec. 31--Jan. 7) brought back vivid memories for this Virginia alum, class of '68. I had moved to Honolulu shortly after graduation (to accept a job at Pearl Harbor), and I was thrilled to secure courtside tickets for the slaughter about to be perpetrated by my beloved alma mater. Decked out in Cavaliers orange and blue, my wife and I certainly stood out among the rabid Chaminade fans. Unfortunately, "the Game of the Century" brought me the worst possible Christmas present, not to mention merciless ribbing, during and well after the unimaginable conclusion. Try as I might, I have never been able to forget the scenario recounted by Wolff.
William H. Nordstrom Jr., Honolulu
The Audacity of Hoop
Your Dec. 31---Jan. 7 issue featured a story about Chaminade's upset of Virginia and also a column by S.L. Price about playing basketball with Barack Obama (POINT AFTER) but did not make the connection between the subjects. Richard Haenisch, shown in the photo on page 94 being mauled by Ralph Sampson, was a teammate of Obama's at Punahou School in Honolulu when it won the Hawaii state basketball championship in 1979.
Fred Giannini, Kealakekua, Hawaii
I hope Obama registered this page in SPORTS ILLUSTRATED as a political donation.
Eric Halfpap, Dayton
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