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The cover shot of jockey Calvin Borel with his trademark ear-to-ear grin is a classic. I was one of the 153,563 at the Kentucky Derby, and you have ensured that it was two minutes I'll never forget.
Your cover headline was about how the drama from the Kentucky Derby "energizes horse racing." Not in Kentucky. The same day my SI arrived, the newspaper here reported that Churchill Downs was asking the [Kentucky Horse Racing Commission] to cut its racing days from five a week to four.
As a child at county fair races in the 1940s, my friends would put a dime in the pot for each race and then choose a horse. I remembered what my mother had said, "Choose the jockey, not the horse." Calvin Borel (Did That Really Happen?, May 11) has proved this by winning the Kentucky Derby twice in the last three years.
I suggest the NCAA learn from our four-legged Kentucky Derby winner and move to a football playoff system because the horses have shown what we humans should already know: All the contenders should be in the race.
Jack Kemp was truly a man to be admired (SCORECARD, May 11). To further illustrate his complexity, your obituary might have mentioned that this "bleeding-heart conservative" was cofounder of the American Football League Players Association and that he served five terms as its president.
Kemp wasn't in politics to bring attention or power to himself but to advance a cause beyond himself. This puts him in a very small group.
Thank you for the look inside SI's photo archives (Slide Show, May 11). The images are remarkable not only for the moments they portray but because your photographers captured them without the help of today's auto-focused, auto-exposed, stabilized, optimized and digitized technology. Slide film requires the kind of precise exposure more suited to still life images than to Wilt the Stilt in action.
I'm trying to figure out why you chose to show an O.K. shot of Mike Tyson rather than the greatest boxing photograph ever made, Tony Triolo's astonishing shot of Joe Frazier decking Muhammad Ali in Round 15 on March 8, 1971. I wonder if your choice was influenced by the fact that the photo was accompanied by the inaccurate headline on your cover: End of the Ali Legend.