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No wonder kids switched to Pokemon and Magic: The Gathering cards—they are fun and meaningful to them. How can a kid get excited about baseball if the games end way past his bedtime? And if the game doesn't turn them on, why would they care about the cards?
I once hoped to hand my card collection down to my kids. Now I'm just hoping they'll play fantasy football with me.
As a child in the '70s and '80s, I had a passion for collecting baseball cards. Now I cannot afford to collect them with my three boys—the price per pack is too high.
Former Bears quarterback Erik Kramer proclaims Jay Cutler has more ability than Peyton Manning (Jay Cutler Can Do No Wrong, Aug. 24). Thanks for the biggest belly laugh I've had in 50 years of reading SI!
Being a Bears fan for 39 years, I believe Erik Kramer is the best quarterback the team ever had. So when he says the Bears have never had anyone even close to Cutler, it makes me raise my eyebrows—with optimism.
Challenge Every Child
Someone should have made Eunice Kennedy Shriver (SCORECARD, Aug. 24) the spokesperson for all children's sports. Her thought for Special Olympic athletes was, You compete, you exult if you win, you get sad if you lose, and you go back and try harder. She held mentally challenged athletes to a higher standard than parks and recreation programs do for children playing sports in which score isn't kept and everyone gets a trophy.
Kudos to Selena Roberts for calling out Florida International's puzzling decision to be the only Division I-A school without a marching band (POINT AFTER, Aug. 24). Live, student-performed music is integral to the soul and swagger of a program.