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Oct. 05, 2015
Oct. 05, 2015

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Oct. 5, 2015

NHL PREVIEW
  • By JEREMY FUCHS

    After six embattled seasons in Toronto, Phil Kessel could prove that one team's castoff may be a superstar center's long-awaited answer

  • The Islanders will christen their new barn in style—with a trip to the Stanley Cup finals

  • Last year's runners-up in the West, the Ducks, SI's pick to lift the Stanley Cup, will be second to none

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  • The greatest is still an inspirational force: In the way his mere presence can move people to tears, in his brave fight against Parkinson's, and in the annual SI award that will bear his name

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FOR SEPT. 21, 2015

This is an article from the Oct. 5, 2015 issue

No disrespect to Moses Malone, who was an exceptional player, but his numbers are not better than Wilt Chamberlain's. While Malone did have more double double seasons [15], he played 21 years. Chamberlain played only 14 seasons and averaged a double double in every one.

Marvin Chosky, Ravena, N.Y.

Saying Dwight Gooden's exceptional 1985 was "the greatest season since the mound was lowered" overlooks Ron Guidry's remarkable performance in '78. The Yankees' lefthander struck out 248, walked 72 and went 25--3 with a 1.74 ERA in 2762/3 innings—and he had to face a DH.

Ron D'Argenio, Laurys Station, Pa.

Yes, Serena Williams had a great season. However, you did not give enough credit to U.S. Open finalists Roberta Vinci and Flavia Pennetta. These Italian women will probably never get another chance to shine so bright.

Daniel Mulvihill, Perkiomenville, Pa.

If you watched last year's NCAA playoff game between Marcus Mariota's Oregon and Jameis Winston's Florida State, you could have seen Mariota's stunning debut coming. He was sharp and quick-footed; Winston was befuddled and stumbled, and he threw a pick.

Bill Galli, Grants Pass, Ore.

COVER

While celebrating Aaron Rodgers, your photo also highlighted the Packers' offensive linemen in charge of protecting him. Their determination comes through perfectly on the cover.

Jeff Grotenhuis

Slinger, Wis.

Before anointing Rodgers as "the NFL's best quarterback," remember Tom Brady ranks near the top of nearly every passing category and has four Super Bowl rings. When Rodgers calls it a career, will his accomplishments surpass Brady's?

Bill Miller

Pomona, Calif.

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SCORECARD

Ask Oakland fans how valuable Yoenis Cespedes is. When the A's traded him to Boston in July 2014 they were 66--41; afterward, they went 22--33 and lost to the Royals in the AL wild-card play-in game.

Gerald Kelley

Fayetteville, N.C.

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