The Chosen One
Thank you for your wonderful profile of Brett Favre (Sportsman of the Year,
Dec. 10). All season long I've pondered what I would tell my yet-to-be-born
children about this hero on and off the field. Your article says it all
perfectly. I plan on saving this issue until they are old enough to understand
Jonathan Sigall, Forest Hills, N.Y.
What a treat to
read about a person who has used his well-earned fame and wealth to help others
Robert Wallace, Crestwood, Ky.
I am inclined to
think Sportsman of a Generation may have been a more appropriate title and
Jed Martin, Fairbury, Neb.
For the second
year in a row SI snubbed the most deserving candidate. Roger Federer was the
obvious choice for many reasons: In 2007 he set the alltime record for
consecutive weeks ranked No. 1 (at 205 and counting); he won his fifth
consecutive Wimbledon championship; he won a record fourth consecutive U.S.
Open title; he won three of the four Grand Slams (for the second year in a
row); and his humanitarian work off the court is well-documented, including his
role as a UNICEF international Goodwill Ambassador and his winning the Laureus
Sportsman of the Year Award for the third consecutive year. If he continues his
record-setting pace, perhaps next year SI will recognize a man—and a sport—it
has so obviously ignored in the past.
CEO, Professional Tennis, USTA
White Plains, N.Y.
Heart of the
What an insightful and well-written article about the dangers of HCM (Broken
Hearts, Dec. 10). David Epstein did a great job of imparting information and
putting faces on a condition that should be familiar to all athletes, parents
of athletes and coaches.
Gary and Carolyn Waterson
As an NCAA track
and field athlete and a two-time marathoner who has an abnormally large and
globular heart, I have been concerned with ailments such as HCM for some time
now. Although I have had my heart tested for general health, I have never had
it specifically tested for HCM. Your article opened my eyes and has given me
the motivation to have my heart checked for specific conditions.
Scott Moncur, Providence
I predict that
Epstein's article will have the same effect as the publicity given to stress
fractures in runners 25 years ago. It wasn't until sportswriters wrote about
the condition that physicians and athletic trainers took notice. The huge
difference, of course, is that Epstein's article will save lives. That is the
greatest contribution anyone can make to society.
Bill Moore, M.D., Santa Fe
Kudos to S.L. Price for his great article on the extensive athletic
achievements of the Rolles in the United States (Rolle Call, Dec. 10). Their
success is a testament to how hard work and belief in family can make a
difference for generations to come. No doubt Myron Rolle will succeed in his
plans to give back to the people of the Bahamas by opening a free medical
clinic there when his playing days end.
Ed Cotter, Riverside, Calif.
Your eight-team college football playoff just doesn't cut it (Can You Say
Playoff? Dec. 10). If a playoff doesn't include the C-USA, MAC, Mountain West,
Sun Belt and WAC champs, it has no validity whatsoever. Eleven champions, five
at-large bids, 16 teams. Let's get to it.
Marty Lange, Austin
The only solution
for fans who want a playoff is to not watch the BCS games. Low ratings equals
change in the world of television. Period.
Steve Button, Addison, N.Y.