To me, Muhammad Ali will always be the Champ because his boxing talent and fighting prowess were undeniable. The courage he exuded, which always allowed him to be himself, and his unwavering insistence on living by his beliefs, no matter the cost, make him one of a kind.
David Loughlean, Cambridge, Ont.
I take issue with Richard O'Brien's article about Ali (Happy Birthday, Champ, Jan. 23), in which he labels Ali as "perhaps the one universally beloved figure in the U.S. today." There are still many Vietnam vets who find Ali's refusal to serve during the war unpatriotic. His explanation, "I ain't got no quarrel with those Vietcong," described the sentiments of many of us who were drafted but who still served.
John Glen, Elsah, Ill.
She Donne Good
Your article on Elena Delle Donne (Driving for Home, Jan. 23) brought tears to my eyes. It's rare to find someone who, like Delle Donne, is so sought after for her athletic talent but still has her priorities in check. While I hope she can lead the Blue Hens deep into the postseason, she is already a champion in the eyes of many.
John Carson, Export, Pa.
Phil Taylor's column about the hype surrounding Tim Tebow (POINT AFTER, Jan. 23) should have pointed out that Tebow was not responsible for any of it. He didn't start the Messiah and Jesus references associated with him. He's not to blame for the countless hours of debate about his performance at quarterback. It's the media that created this frenzy and made this season all about Tebow.
Bill Galli, Grants Pass, Ore.
The survey administered by the coach of the Hannover 96 soccer team is a standardized psychological tool that I developed to assess what motivates any individual. Of the 128 questions, 120 have nothing to do with sex, contrary to what you implied (SIGN OF THE APOCALYPSE, Jan. 23). The coach had used the tool successfully in two previous seasons. The results provide insight into how each player might perform on the field under the stress of competition.
Steven Reiss, Ph.D., Columbus, Ohio
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Would the Colts be better off if they drafted Robert Griffin III and had him sit behind Peyton Manning or if they drafted Andrew Luck and traded Manning?
I think Griffin is definitely a better quarterback than Luck, so I'd draft him. He's a great passer who is poised in the pocket and has outstanding athletic ability.
Manning is already a proven winner, while Luck hasn't won anything and hasn't even made it to the NFL yet. Do the Colts really want to roll the dice here?
Why does everyone think Luck should choose whether or not he plays right away? It will cost the Colts just as much to have Luck and Manning as it will to have RG3 and Manning, so why can't Luck also sit and learn from Peyton?
I say trade down a couple spots, then take RG3. Use any extra pick(s) on a good guard or a good cornerback.
It really depends on what state Manning is in healthwise. If he's showing recovery where he may be good enough to jump back in sometime in 2012, I would go ahead and draft Griffin and groom him for a season the way the Packers did with Aaron Rodgers. If Manning is not healthy, it's better to just let him go and take Luck, who could step in right away.
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