This news is a little old, but given today's kickoff of the 2007 MIT Mystery Hunt, I thought now was a good time to post this. (Thanks to Thomas Snyder aka "Motris" for the scan.)
The January 1 issue of ESPN the
Rag Mag has a photo collage of some of the athletic champions in 2006. And down in the right-hand corner, right above Vince Young hosting the national championship trophy from last year's thrilling Rose Bowl, they honor Team USA of the World Puzzle Championship.
I'll confess that I'm a puzzle guy. I like puzzles, and have participated a reasonable amount of times in The Game, which has its roots at Stanford.
But I have to admit it's a bit of stretch to include these guys in ESPN the Magazine. Perhaps no more of a stretch than that ill-advised "Baseball Sudoku" series (and book) that they carried for a while, but a stretch nonetheless.
We can get further into the "sport / not a sport" debate later on (ice skating and bowling come to mind), but I think puzzle-solving falls under the latter.