On behalf of Ohio State fans around the world, I would like to thank you for featuring a terrific article about Ted Ginn Jr. (Columbus Day, Sept. 12); for helping the world realize that Ohio State has a fine football program; and for using your famous cover jinx to single-handedly destroy any chance the Buckeyes had of defeating Texas.
Brian Yund, Cincinnati
Heroes of the Storm
Bravo to all the athletes who have chosen to use their celebrity to raise funds for the victims of Hurricane Katrina (SCORECARD, Sept. 12). Warrick Dunn, Brett Favre, Joe Horn, Peyton and Eli Manning, Steve McNair and Deion Sanders--to name just a few--are setting a positive and uplifting example, some in the face of their own losses. After a year filled with too many stories of contract disputes, steroid allegations, arrests and other negative news about sports, it is wonderful to see athletes using their influence for good.
Heidi Allen, Suffield, Conn.
You mentioned a number of athletes and sports organizations that are donating to the Katrina relief effort and also reported that Kyle Busch became the youngest driver to win a race in NASCAR's elite series (SCORECARD, Sept. 12), but you failed to note that the 20-year-old Busch and team owner Rick Hendrick donated all of the race winnings ($241,065) to the Red Cross's hurricane relief fund. Not a bad gesture for a first-time winner.
Peter Abolins, Toronto
I already knew that Warrick Dunn was a class act, but his Call to Action (SCORECARD, Sept. 12) affirmed for me that there are some athletes who do know how to use their positions to make a difference. Reading it brought me to tears.
Kevin Rooney, Morgan Hill, Calif.
Nothing I have ever read in SI has come close to your profoundly human work on the impact of Hurricane Katrina on sports, especially football in the affected region. The writing was informed, full of fascinating details--e.g., Fats Domino sleeping on LSU quarterback JaMarcus Russell's couch--and compassionate. For telling the story of the victims and the angels of rescue so insightfully, thank you.
Roger G. Branch, Statesboro, Ga.
As someone who grew up in Baton Rouge and attended LSU, I want to thank Rick Reilly for his column on the response of the LSU community in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina (LIFE OF REILLY, Sept. 12). When our team won the college football national championship in 2003, I thought I would never be more proud to be a Tiger. I stand corrected.
Chad Elwood, Baton Rouge
Impact on Sports (Sept. 12) contains a photo misidentified as the Mississippi Coast Coliseum. The photo used in the article is actually of St. Michael's Catholic Church in Biloxi, known locally as the Fisherman's Church. The Coast Coliseum is a much larger facility with a capacity of approximately 12,000 and is located about seven miles west of the church.
Jeffrey S. Fewell, Yorktown, Va.
EDITOR'S NOTE: SI regrets the error.
Your report that the Texas Rangers are giving tickets to Hurricane Katrina victims (SCORECARD, Sept. 12) reminded me of the famous line uttered by Beano Cook when baseball gave lifetime passes to the hostages who had returned from Iran: Haven't they suffered enough?
Paul Knopick, Laguna Hills, Calif.
SCORECARD (Sept. 12) lists three major league teams that have had all four regular infielders hit 20 homers. You left out the 1996 Baltimore Orioles and my 1986 Detroit Tigers. The Tigers' four regular infielders were first baseman Darrell Evans (29 HRs), second baseman Lou Whitaker (20 HRs), shortstop Alan Trammell (21 HRs) and the often forgotten third baseman Darnell Coles (20 HRs). Thanks to Hall of Fame broadcaster Ernie Harwell and his partner Paul Carey, I recall the achievement as the highlight of a disappointing season, sandwiched between the Tigers' World Series title in '84 and the Eastern Division crown in '87.
Joe Impellizzeri, Macomb, Mich.
For years I've scanned your excellent photographs in a quest for the most prolific display of the Nike swoosh. By my count, the two-page picture that opened Columbus Day--featuring five Ohio State Buckeyes--set an alltime record for Just Doing It: at least 25 Nike logos in one shot. It seems to me that they owe you some ad revenue.
Dan McClain, Lomita, Calif.
In Soup Daddy (PLAYERS, Sept. 26), an item on Sam McNabb, Donovan's father, joining the Campbell's Chunky Soup ad campaign, we mistakenly referred to Chunky's senior brand manager Ted Riedel as Tom. SI regrets the error.