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December 19, 2005
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December 19, 2005


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What a thrill to see Joe Paterno--on his first cover since winning the 1986 Sportsman of the Year--leading my beloved Nittany Lions onto the field (All the Way Back, Nov. 28). JoePa is still a consummate sportsman at 78, coaching PSU to a Big Ten co-championship and continuing his philanthropy. (Have you seen the Paterno library?)

Jennifer P. Trout, Dimmitt, Texas

I had almost forgotten just how much fun it is to win each week. Let's hope Coach Paterno stays for 20 more years.

Claudia J. House, Moon Township, Pa.

I am struck with regret knowing that at the end of this season I won't get to see Paul Posluszny and his teammates go up against the offensive line that protects Matt Leinart and blocks for Reggie Bush. Curses! Stymied by the BCS again!

Jon Roe, Los Angeles

A Life in Pictures

Frank Deford's piece on Neil Leifer (Eyewitness, Nov. 28) brought back a fond memory. In the early 1970s, when I was about 13, I was already a subscriber and avid SI reader. At a St. Louis Blues game, near the tunnel behind the goal, I saw this curly-headed guy shooting photo after photo and asked him who he was. Very politely he said, "I'm Neil Leifer. I work for a magazine called SPORTS ILLUSTRATED." I'll always remember how nice he was and that he didn't assume I would know about SI. I felt I had met royalty; I mean, an SI photographer--what a cool way to make a living!

Mark Supic, Dacula, Ga.

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