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It seems we are forever fighting for something, working and pushing to be the best, as if our lives depended on it. Competition and struggle give us all a sense of purpose. Perhaps Junior Seau lost his will to live because he felt he was no longer in the fight for something.

Anne DeMaria, Dover, N.H.

A Cry for Help

After reading Jim Trotter's story on Seau's death (Why?), I was even more moved and saddened by the loss of such a fine athlete and man. Seau leaves a powerful legacy of hard work and commitment to teammates and fans that will never be forgotten. While we may not ever know if he took his own life because of depression or chronic traumatic encephalopathy, I wish all athletes, especially football players, would learn from this tragedy. Depression and CTE, while a powerful combination, aren't death sentences. There is no shame in seeking help if you are experiencing feelings of anxiety and desperation.

Gary E. Goodnough, Plymouth, N.H.

When to Say When

Phil Taylor's column (POINT AFTER) in the wake of Seau's death was excellent. I often feel that our young athletes are being pushed too hard for the sake of winning and that their bodies are sometimes not equipped to handle the stress that certain sports demand. While I don't think we should be afraid to let our children play football, we should be wise enough to recognize when severe injuries occur and not afraid to say enough is enough. As we have seen time and time again, even the toughest players hurt.

Jonathan Hemenway, Parsippany, N.J.

Ego Maniac

Chris Mannix's article on Floyd Mayweather (Still Perfect) really hit the nail on the head. While Mayweather's brash behavior outside the ring often detracts from his reputation as a boxer, the brilliance of his boxing skills remains a beautiful sight to behold. Not only is he the greatest defensive fighter ever, but he may also be the greatest pound-for-pound fighter in history. It's a shame that he doesn't realize the negative impact his boisterous Money Mayweather persona has on many fans.

Doug Nosler, Tigard, Ore.




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Do you think Rafael Nadal will win his seventh French Open title and 11th major championship?

Arnel Opriasa: Rafa's name is written all over the clay courts, so of course he's going to win. The real question is, Will he give up a set to his opponent in the final?

Sam Evans: I am a Novak Djokovic fan, but I'm also realistic. Djokovic has not been playing with last season's winning spark. Nadal is hot right now, and if that continues, he'll come out on top.

Gloria Smith Keller: While I'm rooting for Roger Federer, I really think Rafa will win it all.

Blake TheSituation Lyman: It will be Djokovic. He's gunning for the Grand Slam, and he's gonna get it this year. I expect an unbelievable final match with Nadal.

Dennis Boegel: Djokovic has to beat both of the Big Two, Nadal and Federer, to win the French and complete the career slam. While he may be able to beat Federer, Rafa has finally figured out Djokovic's game and is more comfortable than anyone on the clay at Roland Garros.

Wendy Nechamen Donsky: Nadal! The King of Clay all the way!!


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FOR May 14, 2012