Jinx Times Six?
I have never been a believer--or wanted to be a believer--in the SI cover jinx. However as a graduate of both UCLA and Michigan, I noted with great interest that USC, Ohio State, and Notre Dame were featured on three of your six regional covers for the 2006 College Football Preview (Aug. 21). You can now count me among those who embrace this superstition, as I hope to hit a college-football-jinx trifecta this season.
Matt Cravets, Carlsbad, Calif.
The way I see it, the SI cover jinx and the six regional covers put Cal (ranked No. 8) in the BCS Championship Game against Auburn (No. 7).
Vincent Wong, Castro Valley, Calif.
Division I-AA? Nothing. Division II? Nothing. Division III? Nothing. I don't expect the same attention as that given to I-A schools in your preview, but not even a preseason top 25? What happened? It's a dream for a lot of kids to play college football. These other divisions help fulfill that dream while providing an education.
Robbie Love, Atlanta
I laughed reading Identity Crisis (Scorecard, Aug. 21). When I was a senior in high school, then Baylor basketball coach Dave Bliss disgraced my name with scandal, and now that I play center at Georgia, I am often asked if we are related. Happily the answer is no. Also, thank you on behalf of the Georgia basketball family for noting the death of teammate Kevin Brophy (Scorecard, July 31), a true friend and a model scholar-athlete.
Dave Bliss, Athens, Ga.