Isn't it curious that Tom Brady, the most successful quarterback of the last decade, wasn't worthy of one of your four covers? You do know, don't you, that you have only added fuel to the Patriots' fire? Watch out, NFL!
This is an article from the Sept. 28, 2009 issue
Jan Feldman, Barrington, R.I.
For reprints of SI covers, visit SIcovers.com
Peter King, to break a tie among the experts he surveyed on various quarterbacking topics (Peter King's QB Poll, Sept. 7), picked Tom Brady over Ben Roethlisberger as the best under pressure. Seriously? Brady has been the beneficiary of stellar pass protection, a strong offensive system and inside information (see Spygate). The last time we saw Brady under intense pressure was in Super Bowl XLII, and we all know how that turned out. Roethlisberger's ability to escape the rush and create huge gains is the reason the Steelers are the defending champions.
Ian C. Aberg, Meridian, Idaho
How can Eli Manning be left off a list of the five best quarterbacks of 2015? He has more playoff wins (four) than four of the QBs (Matt Ryan, Aaron Rodgers, Jay Cutler, Joe Flacco) combined?
In the category of best quarterback teacher, I would argue for a spot for Cam Cameron. The former Chargers and current Ravens offensive coordinator has served as a mentor to three of today's top quarterbacks: Drew Brees, Philip Rivers and now Joe Flacco.
Patrick Kiernan, Baltimore
Your story praising bigger receivers as the next revolution (Wideouts Gone Wild, Sept. 7) made me respect Steve Smith even more. The 5'9" Panthers receiver led the league in yards per game and catches of more than 20 yards last year, and he was in the top three in total yards. He did this despite missing the first two games and playing with a quarterback, Jake Delhomme, who did not merit mention in any of the 10 categories in Peter King's poll. Perhaps stories like yours are why Smith continues to play as if he has something to prove.
Your wideouts story had only a brief mention of the Patriots' Wes Welker, in a quote from Colts president Bill Polian—and that was Polian declaring that smaller receivers are an endangered species. All the 5'9" Welker has done the past two years is keep his mouth shut, work hard and lead the NFL with 223 catches. Andre Johnson? Calvin Johnson? Chad Ochocinco? I wouldn't take any of them over Welker.
Jim Evans, San Antonio
So the Eagles add Jason Peters, Stacy Andrews, Leonard Weaver, Jeremy Maclin, LeSean McCoy and Michael Vick to their offense, and you think they're going to be worse than last year (Scouting Reports, Sept. 7)? The Iggles will be flying in 2009.
Chris Conyers, Naples, Fla.
Your Giants scouting report, which praised the team's running game, should have given some credit to the best blocking back in the league, Madison Hedgecock. He opens holes the size of the Holland Tunnel.
Danny Gerris, Harrison, N.J.
Phil Taylor consulted a psychic to see who will win the Super Bowl (Point After, Sept. 7), and she told him that she is "seeing New York" but says the name is shorter than the Giants. Taylor concludes that she is referring to the Jets—but the Jets play in New Jersey. If we're going by what she says, it looks like the Bills will finally win a Super Bowl!
Will Boylan, Katonah, N.Y.
You name as a SIGN OF THE APOCALYPSE the recent appointment of former NHL coach Jacques Demers—who admitted in 2005 that he was functionally illiterate—to Canada's Senate (SCORECARD, Sept. 7). Demers's courage to come forward about his illiteracy, and the work ethic that enabled him to lead teams like the Canadiens, one of the most storied franchises in professional sports, are worthy of praise. He should be seen as a model for others.
Paul Fairweather, Vancouver
The fact that Sweet Jasmine, the pit bull who was rescued from Michael Vick and featured on your Dec. 22, 2008, cover, was struck by a car and killed (SCORECARD, Sept. 7) while Vick is again earning millions in the NFL is further proof that there is no justice in the world.
Thomas A. Schreck, Spokane
I could not help but notice the I WON'T CHEAT! patch on Taiwanese player Lin Hung-yuan's jersey in your Little League World Series photo (LEADING OFF, Sept. 7). It might not hurt if MLB players added that to their uniforms as well.
Carmen Tierno, Marlton, N.J.
E-mail SI at letters@SI.timeinc.com or fax SI at 212-467-2417. Letters should include the writer's full name, address and home telephone number and may be edited for clarity and space.
CUSTOMER SERVICE AND SUBSCRIPTIONS For 24/7 service, go to SI.com/customerservice. Call 1-800-528-5000 or write to SI at P.O. Box 30602, Tampa, FL 33630-0602.
To purchase reprints of SI covers, go to SIcovers.com.
ADVERTISING For ad rates, an editorial calendar or a media kit, e-mail SI at SIpubqueries@timeinc.com.