After three straight weeks of Sports Illustrated covers putting the National
Football League front and center, it was good to see the Feb. 6 issue showing
the U.S. Olympic skiers. Sometimes it's important to know about our country's
team, not just one city's team.
Tim Honchel, Mount Airy, Md.
What's with the ski team's uniforms? They look as if they were made by some
spider-infested waffle iron.
Arlene Bishop, Berkeley, Calif.
In your 2006
Olympics Preview (Feb. 6) you say that Turin is "a city known more for its
cars and its shroud than for sports." In those parts of the world, however,
where soccer is taken more seriously than politics--which is to say, everywhere
other than North America-- Turin is probably best known as the home of one of
the world's greatest soccer clubs, Juventus.
Andrew Prevost, Montreal
Like Steve Rushin (Air and Space, Feb. 6), I am always amused when the media
refer to the Super Bowl as the "biggest sporting event in the world." I
mean, the draw for the 2006 World Cup was watched by almost four times as many
people worldwide (350 million) as the Super Bowl (93 million).
Michael Hoover, Reno
Kelli Anderson's claim that the Duke and North Carolina women were the
"last two unbeaten teams in college basketball" (Scorecard, Feb. 6)
neglects NCAA Division II Washburn. The Lady Blues--they decided not to take
the men's nickname of Ichabods--are 25--0 this season and have won 44 straight
games going back to last season. They also happen to be national
Bob Beatty, Topeka, Kans.
Reading SI Players (Feb. 6), I learned that Seattle Seahawks kicker Josh Brown
has the Chinese symbol for "power" tattooed on his foot. Considering
his performance in the Super Bowl, maybe he should have "accuracy"
tattooed on too.
Andrew Halluk, Calgary
Rick Reilly's column about why Seattle wouldn't win the Super Bowl (Life of
Reilly, Feb. 6) made the rounds at the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce,
where I am the Public Affairs manager. I had hoped to thank him for putting the
SI jinx on Pittsburgh, but that didn't work out. I do want him to know he
forgot to mention two recent national championships that Seattle is very proud
of. The Washington women's volleyball team just won the NCAA title, and the
Seattle Storm won the 2004 WNBA championship.
Ann Reid, Seattle
"Most kids are seven years old before they realize the umbrella is not an
extension of the right arm." Shame! Every true Pacific Northwesterner will
tell you that umbrellas are for wimps (e.g., people from Pittsburgh). We prefer
Gore-Tex and fleece. Also, the Washington men's and women's crew teams have won
22 national championships (11 each). With all of the rain in our area, it
should come as no surprise that we excel at water sports.
Andy Walker, Woodinville, Wash.
When I told a
friend that I planned to write in and say how much I enjoyed Rick Reilly's
column Giving Seattle the Needle, he said, "Really? Tell Reilly he can kiss
latte." I guess my friend didn't like it as much as I did, but at least he
was nice about it.
Tracy Wendt, Seattle
Reilly's article on
the small history of Seattle sports did not anger me, but it allowed me to root
against the Steelers as if I really disliked them. Remember, we are Seattle,
and we are too nice to use the word hate.
Nik Blukis, Seattle