What's so amazing about the NFL is how quickly the stars come and go. Larry Fitzgerald, Steve Smith, Andre Johnson and Chad Ochocinco were the featured receivers in SI's 2009 season preview, but in the playoff preview (The Game Changers, Jan. 11) a new set—Miles Austin, Robert Meachem and Sidney Rice—was touted as game changers.
Ezra Tanen, Thornhill, Ont.
The Bad Old Days
Jared Allen is a badass on the field (The Thrill of It All, Jan. 11), but the way he has changed his ways off the field may be more significant. While Allen may display the persona of an Old West outlaw, he is now far from it—with the exception of the way he terrorizes opposing quarterbacks.
Tom Kain, Havre, Mont.
Was it intentional or ironic that in your opening photograph of Jared Allen he was exhibiting a narcissistic celebration over what was probably a standard play? Old-school football? I don't recall Dick Butkus or Jack Youngblood performing such self-absorbed antics when they did their jobs.
Doug Bigelow, Fulton, N.Y.
Thanks to Coach Cal and John Wall (He's the Shizz, Jan. 11), hoops are fun again in the Commonwealth. But if John is the Great Wall, Patrick Patterson is Kentucky's foundation.