Now and Then
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
Jon McBride, Henderson, Nev.
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.
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
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
Scott Camp, Danville, Calif.
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