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The Chosen One
What a treat to
read about a person who has used his well-earned fame and wealth to help others
I am inclined to
think Sportsman of a Generation may have been a more appropriate title and
For the second
year in a row SI snubbed the most deserving candidate. Roger Federer was the
obvious choice for many reasons: In 2007 he set the alltime record for
consecutive weeks ranked No. 1 (at 205 and counting); he won his fifth
consecutive Wimbledon championship; he won a record fourth consecutive U.S.
Open title; he won three of the four Grand Slams (for the second year in a
row); and his humanitarian work off the court is well-documented, including his
role as a UNICEF international Goodwill Ambassador and his winning the Laureus
Sportsman of the Year Award for the third consecutive year. If he continues his
record-setting pace, perhaps next year SI will recognize a man—and a sport—it
has so obviously ignored in the past.
Heart of the
As an NCAA track
and field athlete and a two-time marathoner who has an abnormally large and
globular heart, I have been concerned with ailments such as HCM for some time
now. Although I have had my heart tested for general health, I have never had
it specifically tested for HCM. Your article opened my eyes and has given me
the motivation to have my heart checked for specific conditions.
I predict that
Epstein's article will have the same effect as the publicity given to stress
fractures in runners 25 years ago. It wasn't until sportswriters wrote about
the condition that physicians and athletic trainers took notice. The huge
difference, of course, is that Epstein's article will save lives. That is the
greatest contribution anyone can make to society.
The only solution
for fans who want a playoff is to not watch the BCS games. Low ratings equals
change in the world of television. Period.