Robert Cole, West Palm Beach, Fla.
Boston, stop pretending to be the Little Team That Could and own up to being what you in fact are--a big-market team with a fat wallet. Yankees-- Red Sox is not the Evil Empire versus the Jedi, it's more like U.S.A. versus U.S.S.R.: two superpowers that dwarf everybody else.
David Chapus Rochester, N.Y.
Life sure is great as an ex-lifelong-suffering Red Sox fan.
Kevin Kelleher Mansfield, Mass.
I'm disappointed that SI chose for This Week's Sign of the Apocalypse an item on deep-sea diving (Scorecard, Nov. 8). I don't see how it could have been anything other than, "Wednesday, October 27, 2004, the Boston Red Sox won a World Series."
Brandon S. Kelley, Chapel Hill, N.C.
As a horse racing fan for more than 30 years, I hope and pray honors for achievement in the sport are not too influenced by television ratings--as Tim Layden's nod to Smarty Jones for Horse of the Year suggests (Inside Horse Racing, Nov. 8). Ghostzapper missed the first half of 2004 due to an injury; Smarty Jones missed the last half of '04 so the owners could grab $39 million from syndication fees. Smarty Jones's efforts were limited to racing 3-year-olds; Ghostzapper beat the best of all ages. Maybe I'll try to find somebody that can breed a fast colt with big floppy ears and a curly tail. That would ensure plenty of media coverage and at least give my horse a shot at Horse of the Year honors.
Bill Rauscher, Hanover Park, Ill.