Viva La Roja
Unlike much of the nation I have nothing against King James and wish him well. But Grant Wahl's excellent story about Spain's first World Cup win deserved to be on the cover (The Agony and the Ecstasy, July 19). Wahl said it best in a July 12 story: "The World Cup final is the one true Big Game, the Hope Diamond of sports."
Angela Mapes Turner
Spain was one of the most beautiful sides I've ever seen, and it deserved to be on SI's cover. I have to wait four years to see this wonderful tournament again, but I'll be hearing about LeBron every week for the rest of his career.
Steve Caraffa, St. Louis
In Defense of Lance
I was disappointed in the article about Lance Armstrong's performance in the Tour de France (End of the Road, July 19). Even if Armstrong's days of winning the Tour are over, I think it's important to show respect for his achievements.
Rick Loscalzo, Tampa
Austin Murphy's assertion that Armstrong's performance in stage 8 of the Tour de France left him "exposed as a hollow imitation" of his former self is highly misleading. The circumstances that preceded Lance's poor results should have been explained. He suffered two significant crashes and was further delayed by a separate incident involving other riders. But then maybe Murphy has never attempted to ride uphill while bleeding, injured and winded from erasing a crash-induced deficit.