To think that in your highlighting of this past year's memorable moments (The Best Year Ever, Dec. 29) there wasn't room to mention the Ryder Cup, Sidney Crosby in the Stanley Cup finals, Jimmie Johnson's three-peat, the Redeem Team's gold medal or the inspirational performance of the U.S. men's indoor volleyball team. Indeed, it was a year to remember.
Matthew McEvoy, Stanford, Calif.
How come no mention of Fresno State's upset win in the College World Series?
Mo Montemayor, Bellflower, Calif.
... American gymnasts Nastia Liukin's and Shawn Johnson's one-two finish in the women's all-around?
Joan Thompson, Shaker Heights, Ohio
I was moved by the story of the eight high school runners in Washington State who each in turn passed on her medal to the young woman who had rightfully earned it (Precious Medal, Dec. 29). Barry Bonds should initiate a comparable process, which would ultimately result in Roger Maris's once again holding the single-season home run record.
Paul Agathen, Washington, Mo.
A Stand-up Team
Your story on the turnaround of the Buffalo football program under coach Turner Gill (Buffalo Savior, Dec. 29) states that the 2009 International Bowl was the first bowl bid in school history. Actually, in 1958 the Bulls were invited to play in the Tangerine Bowl in Orlando but declined after being notified that two of their players would be unable to attend or play in the game because they were African-American. That team made a sacrifice to stand up for a cause much greater than football.
Meredith Bielaska, Buffalo
In your homage to sports figures who died in the past year (Farewell, Dec. 29) you failed to mention the passing of UGA VI. In 1997 you named the Georgia mascot as the best in college sports and even had UGA V, his predecessor, on your cover.
Scott Center, Savannah
What about Paul Newman, for his sports roles—from Fast Eddie Felson to Reg Dunlop—and for being a true sportsman in the world of auto racing?
Sean Haughey, Estero, Fla