I laughed when I read Marlins president David Samson's comment about owner Jeffrey Loria being a "simple guy" because he has "stayed in the same room in the same hotel in Paris through multiple wives." Is that the going definition of simple? Most of the guys I know have never been to Paris, let alone gone enough times to have a preferred hotel room. It's comments like that that show just how out of touch both Samson and Loria are.
Tony Pillari, New York City
S.L. Price's article about Loria and the Marlins (Art of the Deal Gone Wrong) brought back the bad memories of when he bought the Expos in 1999. Loria presented himself as a hero who was going save Montreal's struggling team. Instead, he failed to get a TV contract and fed the fans a bunch of lies and false promises. He did nothing except put the nail in the coffin for Major League Baseball in Montreal.
Luc Lapierre, Boucherville, Que.
There Is No Rush
I enjoyed reading Phil Taylor's column about the so-called medical experts and their opinions on when Bulls star Derrick Rose should come back from his knee injury (POINT AFTER). Regaining confidence after major surgery is every bit as important for patients as their physical rehabilitation. As someone who has had eight knee operations, I know firsthand that it often takes a while to recover one's mobility and presurgery frame of mind. Rose should be given as much time as he needs to recover without the harsh scrutiny from those on the outside looking in.
Bob Doyle, Chicago
To Victor, the Spoils
I loved Tim Layden's feature on Victor Oladipo (Raising Junior). Hoosiers fans are enamored with Oladipo because he works so hard and because he helped to bring back Indiana basketball. The kid is fun to watch, doesn't make excuses and never takes a play off. Sure, we are disappointed with the team's early exit in the Sweet 16, but we're still rooting for Oladipo.
Tim Solon, Denver
You overlooked a great story about DePauw women's basketball's perfect season in your NCAA tournament preview. The Tigers defeated Wisconsin-Whitewater 69--51 on March 16 to win the Division III national championship and finish 34--0, the seventh undefeated season in D-III women's basketball history.
Thomas L. Turk, Nashville
I was a bit disappointed to see that you didn't use the Where's Waldo? theme for your preview this year. There's nothing like the excitement of waiting to see if your favorite player made the cover. I know change is sometimes good, but I hope you bring the montage back next year.
Josh Yetmar, Strongsville, Ohio
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Both Sidney Crosby and Marc Staal were injured this season after being hit in the face by a puck. Should the NHL make face shields mandatory?
John Petrisek Crosby was wearing a visor, so only a full-face shield or cage would have protected him from injury.
Garrett Heller No way. Hockey has been played for well over 100 years without face shields and cages, so I don't understand why we are acting as if these injuries are a new problem.
Calvin Nay They should make wearing shields a rule, but current players who don't want to wear one should be grandfathered in, the same way they were when helmets were made mandatory in 1979.
Andrew Hollowell Yes. After playing paintball for more than 10 years, I know firsthand how much it hurts to get hit in the face with something traveling at high velocity.
Tyler Rafferty One of the things that attracts fans to the NHL is the toughness of its players. Making shields mandatory would put a stain on the league's reputation.
TWEET OF THE WEEK
"PEOPLE POKE AND MAKE FUN OF BRITTNEY GRINER ALL THE TIME BUT C'MON MAN.... THEM GIRLS WERE THROWING ELBOWS, SLAPS, WEAVE [AT HER]...."
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