FOR AUG. 31, 2015
This is an article from the Sept. 14, 2015 issue
The picture of Usain Bolt's 100-meter-dash win at the world championships in Beijing was stunning not only because it showed Bolt's amazing feat but also because it captured the mistake made in the final moments by the four Team USA athletes surrounding him. Each seems to be glancing over at Bolt, including Justin Gatlin, who took second place, instead of keeping his sight straight ahead on the finish.
John Strotbeck, Philadelphia
While Serena Williams has definitely been the most dominant player of her generation, she has had no clear opponents to challenge her consistently. That's why I think comparing her career with Steffi Graf's is a bit off base. Graf had to overcome stiffer competition from the likes of Martina Navratilova, Monica Seles, Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario and Lindsay Davenport. The most consistent players Serena has had to face over the years have been her sister Venus and Maria Sharapova, and they are nowhere near that level.
Esteban R. Lugo, Maple Grove, Minn.
The excitement of the Cubs' season was wonderfully conveyed by your great cover. However, I was dismayed to see that the article was yet another lament from a disappointed Cubs fan.
Rich Cohen wrote that former Cubs manager Lee Elia was fired "10 seconds" after his rant against heckling fans in April 1983. However, Elia remained with the team as manager until Aug. 22 that season.
In his article on Hurricane Katrina, Tim Layden mentions that Drew Brees's time with the Saints has been the longest QB tenure with one team other than those of Tom Brady and Eli Manning. Did he forget about Ben Roethlisberger and Philip Rivers, who were both in the same 2004 draft as Manning?
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