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Not So Fast
SI got a bit carried away with its declaration on the cover that, JIMMIE JOHNSON IS THE GREATEST DRIVER EVER, YES (The Fifth Cup Is the Sweetest, Nov. 29). As good as he unquestionably is, Johnson is competing in the minor leagues of auto racing. The most technically advanced vehicles in sports race on the Formula One circuit.
Pound Ridge, N.Y.
A year ago I wrote a letter to SI, furious that Johnson was labeled the "greatest ever" in a story about his fourth consecutive championship. However, after watching his magnificent racing in the Chase this year, I must say that I regret those words. Seeing a champion crowned for the fifth straight time doesn't happen every day.
Conner J. Viets
Overland Park, Kans.
A Little Too Late
Thank you for giving President Bill Clinton a forum in which he was able to explain the U.S.'s case for hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup (SCORECARD, Nov. 29). I enjoyed his essay and was hoping the U.S. would get the bid and bring the Cup back stateside. I am confused, however, as to why you chose to publish this article only a week before the announcement. Maybe if it had run a year ago, more people would have been behind the effort and would have rallied for the cause.