The Faces Game
Enjoying the articles in each issue of SI is just a pregame warmup for me. When I hit FACES IN THE CROWD, my gut tightens and the competition begins. I read just the name and city, study the face and then try to guess the sport for which the athlete is being lauded. A lot of factors must be taken into account (Am I helping my competitors?): age, sex, general appearance (tanned? thick neck?), current sports seasons, even clothing (judo outfits). Usually I can get two or three; four is excellent; five is rare; and I think I guessed all six just once.
Novices will soon note that in each issue, FACES usually features six different sports. Needless to say, strict self-discipline is necessary to keep the eyes from darting to a telltale statistic in the explanations. Does anyone else play my game?
G. CRAIG JOHNSON
A Hunting Puppy
Tale of a Pup (Dec. 31-Jan. 7) by Robert F. Jones exemplifies why SI has been my favorite magazine for 36 years. I follow big-time sports like everyone else, but it is the many and varied surprise articles like this one that make SI so special.