I think Bubba Watson showed great humility after winning the Masters when he said, "I never got this far in my dreams." So many athletes talk about how they always dreamed of winning that it makes you wonder if the experience really is greater when it is a complete surprise.
Ken Elek, South Bend
Thanks for the wonderful story on Watson and the Masters (Power and Grace). Since Watson is a born-again, Southern teetotaler, he and I don't have a lot in common, so he was never on my radar. Still, I gladly cheered his gutsy play during the Masters and found his authenticity and quirky personality to be a breath of fresh air.
Andrew Sherburne, Iowa City
Not So Super Agent
I'm not sure what to make of the revival of Leigh Steinberg ("Jerry Maguire Aspires to Be You"). Steinberg still owes about $3.2 million to his creditors, all of which might be forgiven through his recent bankruptcy filing. One can't help but wonder what star athlete would want to deal with an agent who is on the comeback trail and who managed his own finances so poorly.
Phil Anglin, Richland, Mich.
Good Juju, Bad Juju
I can definitely relate to Hart Seely's essay about helping your team win (SCORECARD). I too am a proud member of the Yankees' juju nation. I have been cheering for the Yanks while sitting in the same lucky La-Z-Boy for their last seven World Series championships. When the Bronx Bombers are losing, I pace the room until their next hit. When they are winning, I wear the same T-shirt for every game, to keep the streak alive. I know in my heart that without dedicated fans like me, the Yanks would not be as good as they are.
Bruce Ellis, Gibbsboro, N.J.
It must be nice to be able to work one's baseball juju for such a traditionally good team as the Yankees. What about us poor Indians fans? When will we get our day to bask in the glory? My father and I mustered up all the juju we could to keep Jose Mesa from blowing Game 7 of the 1997 World Series for Cleveland, of course, to no avail.
David Aukerman, Midland, Mich.
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WHEN THE NBA WAS YOUNG
What is the most exciting NBA playoffs first-round matchup?
Rob (@GULLYKING82): Thunder vs. Mavericks. Kevin Durant did it again in the clutch. Mavs played them tough, but the Thunder hung in there and won. Lovin' this.
Shane Lake (@Big_Thor_Dawg): Has to be the Lakers-Nuggets. It's Denver's high octane scoring vs. Kobe Bryant's drive for a sixth championship.
Dale Martin: Clippers-Memphis. The Clippers were down by as much as 27 points before coming back to win.
Francisco J Monreal (@FJaviermonreal): OKC and Dallas. Even though many don't see Dallas getting out of the first round against Durant, they will not go down easy.
Stephen Wauters: Clippers-Memphis because it looked as if Chris Paul was pissed off at coach Vinny Del Negro when he almost pulled all of the starters out.
InsideHoops.com (@InsideHoops): Definitely the Thunder and Mavericks. Shawn Marion was right in Durant's face, yet Durant scored anyway, and the Thunder won.
TWEET OF THE WEEK
"What you didn't see [at the NFL draft] was Skip Bayless in his Tebow jersey being held back by security for trying to get on the stage to hug Roger Goodell."
AWFUL ANNOUNCING (@AWFULANNOUNCING)
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FOR April 16, 2012
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