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The next time
someone brings up the SPORTS ILLUSTRATED cover jinx, you should show them the
Olympic Preview and then your Aug. 18 issue, both of which feature swimmer
Michael Phelps. Two covers, eight gold medals and all those world records. That
is a jinx that I would love to be a part of.
I very much
admire Phelps's Olympic achievements (Gold Mind, Aug. 18), but more credit
should be going to Jason Lezak for swimming the anchor leg in the monumental
come-from-behind victory for the U.S. 4�100 free relay team. Although Beijing
will be remembered as Phelps's Olympics, the key moment in this Olympiad was
Wow! Until I got
my latest SI, I had absolutely no idea there were athletes in Beijing competing
in sports other than beach volleyball, swimming or gymnastics. Come on, NBC.
What about the other athletes who have devoted their lives to becoming the best
in the world? I know nothing about fencing, but man, wouldn't it have been cool
to see Mariel Zagunis, Sada Jacobson and Becca Ward sweep in sabre for the U.S.
(Sabre Sisters, Aug. 18)? Thanks, SI, from those of us who want to know
something more than whether Michael Phelps won his heat or that the beach
volleyball girls went to see the Great Wall of China.
I have to laugh
at the people who are criticizing certain less-mainstream Olympic competitions
for not being "true sports." Most likely these critics are the kind of
"sports fans" who haven't left the couch in years.
I agree with
Selena Roberts that we should not ramp up our spending on Olympic training
(POINT AFTER, Aug. 18), even if our program becomes second to China's. More
spending on the Olympics means less spending elsewhere. I take pride in our
athletic accomplishments, but I would be even prouder if no one in this country
wanted for health care or a decent education.
questions the viability of the NFL's new fan rules of conduct (JUST MY TYPE,
Aug. 18) and suggests that the NFL institute family-friendly sections. As the
founder of the Redskins' Hogettes and a member of the Professional Football
Ultimate Fan Association, I ask, Dan, who are you kidding? Few families of four
can afford NFL tickets, parking, food and drink costs. And then if they do make
it to the game, they are confronted with foul language? PFUFA endorses the new
NFL fan policy. The whole stadium should be "family friendly."
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