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It was great to see the U.S. women's softball team on your cover (Aug. 30). With three consecutive Olympic gold medals, they have perched themselves at the top of their sport and show no signs of falling.
Your cover captures what will surely be two enduring memories of the Athens Olympics: 1) the most dominating team performance of the Games and 2) a stadium full of empty seats.
When softball becomes as popular around the world as basketball, then you can call them the Dream Team.
Brian Peers, Lancaster, Pa.
Too bad that E.M. Swift's article on the feisty and talented Olympic champion Carly Patterson was ruined by his inane comparison of Carly's figure to a Snickers bar (The Pepper Pot, Aug. 30). Shame on you for adding a little sting to her well-deserved glory.