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July 24, 2006
Now and Then
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July 24, 2006


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Now and Then

The eternal contrast between the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat cannot be pictured more dramatically than on the classic Sports Illustrated covers depicting Phil Mickelson winning this year's Masters (April 17, left) and losing the 2006 U.S. Open (June 26, right). Congratulations, SI.
John W. Kmet, Avon Lake, Ohio

Where was Bones McKay-- Mickelson's caddie--during Phil's last-hole brain drain (Back in the Shadow, June 26)? He should have grabbed Mickelson by the neck and shaken him back to reality. This duo should hereafter be known as Bones and Bonehead.
Jon McBride, Henderson, Nev.

Alan Shipnuck slams Mickelson's collapse on the 18th hole--which he seems to claim would never have happened to Tiger Woods. It didn't happen to Woods because Woods did not make the cut.
Douglas Reid, Fairfield, Conn.

I guess the real story was Mickelson's collapse, but Geoff Ogilvy was the winner and deserved to be on the cover.
Scott R. Bissen, Plymouth, Minn.

Unfortunately Ogilvy will not be remembered for winning the U.S. Open; Mickelson will be remembered for losing it.
Micah Benton, West Henrietta, N.Y.

Yeah, Phil screwed up. He pulled a Van de Velde, a Norman. But Phil was also man enough to show up for the medal ceremony, unlike fellow second-place finishers Jim Furyk and Colin Montgomerie, who also screwed up, albeit less dramatically. Phil also stayed around afterward to sign autographs. Phil may not (yet) be a U.S. Open champion, but he is one of the most stand-up guys out there.
Rich Fong, Seattle

Swish Dish

I'm convinced Nick Swisher is a special player (How Do I Look So Far? June 26). On Father's Day, I took my 10-year-old son to see the A's play the Dodgers. Before each game Swish flips a ball into the leftfield stands and greets the fans in the bleachers. When he flipped the ball this time, it slipped through several pairs of hands and hit a young girl in the head. She began to cry and was comforted by her father. I felt bad for her, but she still got the ball and was not seriously hurt. The next inning an usher brought her a bat from Swish, and as Swish jogged out to his position, he waved and asked how she was doing. My son said, "I wish he had hit me in the head." I hope that Swish stays the way he is, and I promise to always root for him--unless, of course, he becomes a Yankee.
Scott Camp, Danville, Calif.

Tangled Up in Blue

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