In sports, greatness is judged in part by your competition. While both Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods are great, Nicklaus won 18 majors against golf legends such as Arnold Palmer, Tom Watson and Lee Trevino. Other than Phil Mickelson, who else has Tiger Woods taken down in majors who can compare with Nicklaus's rivals throughout his career?
John Pearce, Scottsdale, Ariz.
Just think of how many majors Woods would have (Scorecard) if the PGA still included the U.S. and British Amateur tournaments as major championships. Bobby Jones held the record for most majors (13) before Nicklaus bested him in 1973. Six of Jones's 13 majors were in those amateur tournaments. Nicklaus won the 1959 and '61 U.S. Amateur championships, while Woods won in '94, '95 and '96. If you added these wins, Nicklaus's total would be 20 and Woods would have 17, just three shy of the record.
Steven Chappell, North Syracuse, N.Y.
I enjoyed reading your package on the No. 1 fan experiences in sports (Oh, the Places You Can Go). However, I wondered about the omission of the Kentucky Derby. Every year on the first Saturday in May, more than 150,000 people flock to Churchill Downs in lavish attire, sip mint juleps and watch the most exciting two minutes in all of sports.
Adam Edwards, Laguna Hills, Calif.
I fully understand that when "Best of ..." lists are created, something is always left off. Still, how could you not include the Army-Navy game? No matter where the teams play, this rivalry is a wonderful sporting experience, rich in both history and tradition, that all fans enjoy.
Tim Cole, St. Louis
I am appalled by the actions of the Michigan High School Athletic Association in not allowing Eric Dompierre to play basketball his senior year (POINT AFTER) and not embracing the educational experience from which everyone would benefit if he were allowed on the court. Eric is a brave kid, and I am proud of every player who has played alongside him. His story is an example of what I hope is an emerging culture of inclusiveness among our youth.
Carol Garber, New City, N.Y.
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POINT AFTER: ERIC DOMPIERRE
Martin Brodeur notched his 24th career playoff shutout with a 4--0 rout of the Panthers in Game 4 of the first round of the playoffs, passing Patrick Roy for the most in league history. Do you think Brodeur is the best NHL goalie ever?
Glenn Pangilinan: For sure. He has the record for total career wins and most wins in a season.
Christian Koebel: I think Roy and Dominik Hasek were both better. Brodeur's a great goalie, but he's also No. 1 in career losses.
Marc Tessier: Not even close. Roy has 50 more playoff wins and three Conn Smythe trophies. End of story.
John Burroughs Simpson: No, he isn't. Both Roy and Ken Dryden were much better. Brodeur has been in the NHL almost 20 years, so that's why people put him at the top.
Jeremy Swingsteak Dotson: I don't think he's the best, but I'd put him in my top 5 with Dryden, Roy, Ed Belfour and Grant Fuhr.
Shawn Michael Diemart: Brodeur is, without a doubt, the No. 1 goalie of all time. Second, third and fourth fall to Roy, Belfour and Tim Thomas. Roy fans seem to forget that he now holds only two goalie records, most playoff wins and most playoff games, because Brodeur broke all of his others.
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