FOR JAN. 18, 2016
Posing golfer Kevin Na in a straitjacket was a crude way to illustrate his struggles with the mental aspects of his game (Kevin Na Is Fit to Be Tied). SI can do better, as it has in reporting on athletes who have dealt with various forms of mental illness. The clumsy image undermined Alan Shipnuck's thoughtful story.
Brad Kutrow, Charlotte
It was disappointing to read that Steve Williams—who never learned that caddies should be seen and not heard—found it appropriate to chastise Na at a tournament. While Na may have only one Tour victory, that number is still greater than the number of people who have attended a PGA event to watch Williams replace divots.
February 1, 2016
David Burton, Clovis, Calif.
Anyone who thinks Vontaze Burfict wasn't aiming for Antonio Brown's head should look at this photo (LEADING OFF). With his history of cheap shots, Burfict should be banned from the NFL after this latest display.
EDITOR'S NOTE: The Bengals linebacker was suspended for the first three games of 2016.
Steve Rushin depicted very well what many of us Minnesotans have gone through over the decades. However, I would add one more game to his list of Vikings heartbreakers (SCORECARD): the loss to Arizona in the 2003 regular-season finale, when a last-second TD pass knocked Minnesota from the playoffs. Many of us still hear broadcaster Paul Allen yell, "No!" in agony every time a nightmare like the Blair Walsh kick occurs.
Kirk Talley, St. Paul
With all due respect to Alabama, you had the wrong college football dynasty on your cover. North Dakota State won a record fifth straight FCS championship, but the Bisons got only 35 words in GO FIGURE.
I found some of Mike Holmgren's comments in the story on NFL referees (Catching Hell)—e.g., "Humans play the game, humans should officiate it"—ironic given his history. When the Seahawks lost Super Bowl XL to the Steelers, he engaged in quite a bit of public venting about the refs.
Boomer Esiason's column read as a sophomoric attempt to list Peyton Manning's failures. While Manning may have a poor winning percentage in his 15 postseason appearances, that's still 13 more appearances than Boomer made.
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