FOR AUG. 4, 2014
Bud Selig has clearly mistaken change for progress. A 162-game season should not have a 10-team postseason. His legacy for many fans is one of slow progress and shortsighted changes.
Nick Straatmann, Linn, Mo.
Before we canonize Selig, let's look at a few things that happened under his watch that nearly ruined baseball for a lot of fans: the steroid era; cancellation of the 1994 World Series due to the players' strike; and using the outcome of the All-Star Game to determine home field advantage in the World Series.
Joe Dominick, Archdale, N.C.
I loved Dan Patrick's Q&A with Jeremy Lin, whose play and attitude changed me from a die-hard NFL fan to a huge NBA fan. He is humble, intelligent and talented—an all-around class act.
Peg Augustyn Andrews
I really enjoyed Sam Eifling's Cowboy Christmas. It took me back nearly 20 years, to when I interviewed some cowboys at the Monroe (Mich.) County Fair. One of my favorite quotes was from a cowboy named Brian Tucker who said, "The cowboy in America is pretty much the closest thing to freedom left in the world today."
Sterling Heights, Mich.
Thanks for the regional cover story on UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley. I know it's not a popular choice in L.A., but I hope he heads to Dallas next year to take up where Troy Aikman left off!
It looks as if the league is more concerned about minor infractions in college (five-game suspension for free tattoos) than an NFL player who was charged with assaulting his fiancée (two games). How does this make sense?
Once again Phil Taylor hit the bull's-eye, this time with his clear and eloquent call for the NFL to come out of the dark ages on domestic abuse. Note to John Harbaugh: You're wrong. It is a big deal.
Keith Muntyan Sharon, Mass.
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DUSTIN SNIPES FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (COVER)
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