We expect the mail to get a bit hot and heavy after our swimsuit issue, but when we publish a list of a books?—no. Still, SI's Top 100 Sports Books of All Time (Dec. 16) drew more than 225 letters, some purely complimentary but most scolding us for leaving out one or another venerable volume. Things we learned from the experience:
OUR READERS' MOST WANTED LIST
The 10 omitted books that letter writers mentioned most often were...
•It's Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life by Lance Armstrong and Sally Jenkins
•Men at Work: The Craft of Baseball by George F. Will
•Cobb: A Biography by Al Stump
•The Amateurs by David Halberstam
•Once a Runner by John L. Parker Jr.
•Missing Links by SI's Rick Reilly
•White Hopes and Other Tigers by John Lardner
•A Civil War...by John Feinstein
•Jim Murray: The Autobiography
•Fighting Back by Rocky Bleier
YOU'D RATHER NOT CURL UP WITH A GOOD SCHWARZENEGGER
The most popular candidate to be kicked off the list was No. 71, Arnold: The Education of a Bodybuilder
ROLLER SKATERS HAVE THIN SKINS
Author David H. Lewis complained we had left off his Roller Skating for Gold, saying that the omission "only confirms [your] long-lasting hostility to a great sport that is smugly overlooked and underrated by the elitist media."