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Thanks to SI for celebrating the Giants' Super Bowl win—and David Tyree—all over again. However, as a mom, I'm a bit worried: When my husband and our sons toss the football around the backyard now, they insist on using just their heads and one hand to catch it.
I still can't believe Tyree made that catch (Remember? Aug. 4). One camera shot clearly showed that, as he was going down with the ball pinned to his helmet, its nose actually grazed a blade of turf. If the ball had moved upward even slightly because of contact with the ground, the pass could have been called incomplete.
Watching a replay of the game, I counted four right-in-their-hands interceptions that the Patriots dropped (including Asante Samuel's unforgivable miss on the play before "the catch"). The real MVP of the Super Bowl was the Giants' defense, which held New England to under 20 points, the first time that had happened since 2006.
Lee Jenkins calls Peyton and Eli Manning "sports' most famous siblings" (His Own Manning, Aug. 4). What about Venus and Serena Williams? They own 15 Grand Slam singles titles, play an international sport and are recognized all over the world.
Baseball and Race
I was thrilled to see the story on pitcher David Price (Young, Gifted and Black, Aug. 4), but I would like to point out that Hillsborough and Middleton are not the only Tampa-area high schools that have turned out successful African-American baseball players. C. Leon King High alums include 1988 Olympic gold medalist Ty Griffin and Derek Bell, who played for 11 years in the majors.
I don't understand why the fact that "only" 8.2% of major league baseball players are black is so dire. Blacks make up about 13.4% of the U.S. population. So, yes, the percentage of black players in the majors is lower than that in the general populace, but approximately 70% of the players in the NFL and the NBA are black. This is an issue of choice, not a "problem."