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On His Toes
Your cover appears to show what every Cardinals fan was thinking: Santonio Holmes's right foot did not touch the ground on his game-winning touchdown catch. But then your photo on page 33 supports the view of Steelers fans that it did. Congrats to both teams on a wonderful Super Bowl from a fan of football and of great photography.
It was appropriate that one of your inside photos of Holmes's catch (The Steelers! Are Super!, Feb. 9) featured the field judge, Greg Gautreaux, so prominently. He had an extremely difficult call to make and got it right. He should be recognized.
I'm tired of hearing about how great Ben Roethlisberger is at avoiding the rush. Am I the only one who watched him get sacked 46 times during the regular season? He moves more like a champion of competitive eating than a Super Bowl--winning quarterback.
I was glad to see a story on Arizona receiver Larry Fitzgerald (Above and Beyond, Feb. 9) in your Super Bowl coverage. Like so many others around the country, I was captivated by his athletic ability and grace on the field. I was not surprised to learn that Larry cites Jerry Rice as someone he tries to emulate.
Chris Ballard's piece on the reassuring value of the Super Bowl (POINT AFTER, Feb. 9) was right on the money for me. Since I moved away from Pittsburgh after high school, my younger brother Steve and I don't get to see each other as much as we used to. So we each paid more than the face value of $800 for two tickets in section 316 but got to share a moment that we are still talking about days later and won't soon forget. So what if we're both eating mac 'n' cheese for the next couple of weeks?
Really Big Stats
LeBron James's numbers for January—27.5 points, 9.6 rebounds, 8.2 assists, the best month in those categories in 22 years (PLAYERS, Feb. 9)—are impressive, but they really helped me appreciate Oscar Robertson because those stats are not quite as good as the Big O's averages for the first six years of his career. Just think, with NBA regular seasons running about seven months, all LeBron has to do is put up 41 more months like that in a row to be playing on a par with Robertson.
The Australian Open final between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal (Survivor: Melbourne, Feb. 9) is the latest in a series of epic challenges in which the veteran falls short. We've seen this play out many times in tennis: Borg-McEnroe, McEnroe-Lendl and Sampras-Federer. We can only hope that this time the veteran makes one more run to the top before leaving us with only memories of his excellence.