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June 16, 2008
Comic Genius As if my overinvolvement in fantasy baseball weren't enough (four leagues and my own blog on the subject), you guys really tapped into my "inner geek" with your brilliant baseball cover, drawn by DC Comics artists. Seeing it made me feel like an eight-year-old at the newsstand all over again. Howard Bender, San Francisco
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EDITOR'S NOTE: SI regrets the error.

Top High Schools

In your list of high school programs, only four of the top 10 were public schools: Tupelo, Cy-Fair, Poly and Omaha Central. Your top school, Punahou (Fast Times at Punahou, May 26), may be humble, but its $180 million endowment must go a long way toward paying for the best coaches, facilities and training programs, and for scholarships to attract athletes.
Sarah Richardson, Gig Harbor, Wash.

What a wonderful story about Smith Center, Kans. (Great and Small, May 26). These students, knowing each other from the first grade, develop a strong, trusting relationship that helps them not only in sports but also in living life to the fullest.
Richard W. Rooney, Lincoln, Calif.

Eight Belles

If Selena Roberts feels that horse racing is cruel because jockeys often resort to a half-pound whip (POINT AFTER, May 26), perhaps she should turn on mixed martial arts and see humans beating the snot out of each other.
Adam Mull, Charlotte

Barbaro broke his leg and was never touched with a whip. Jockey Gabriel Saez's actions did not kill Eight Belles.
Laura T. Nauditt, Saint Joseph, Tenn.


Your May 26 cover shows Michigan native Derek Jeter flipped, just like Ohio State's David Boston was on SI's Dec. 1, 1997, cover during Michigan's national championship season. Last place for Jeter is bad enough; looking like a Buckeye—that's cruel.
Eric Phillips, Bethesda, Md.

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