FOR NOV. 17, 2014
I admire Pelicans coach Monty Williams for the way he helped Ryan Anderson deal with his girlfriend's suicide. His actions were an example of friendship and true human spirit, and proved that there is more to coaching than wins and losses.
David Kobrin, Los Angeles
I was very moved by your article on Anderson. As someone who has suffered severe depression, I can say that what he is doing now will not only help others but also himself. A professional athlete shedding light on this topic can make a big difference to those who have been touched by suicide, as well as those who are contemplating it.
Steve Ferrier, Lawrence, Kans.
On Oct. 21, 2013, my siblings and I lost our father to suicide. Like so many others, we never saw it coming. My family has experienced all of the same emotions mentioned in your article, and we still continue to struggle. My cousin Amy put it best, "It never gets easier. You just get used to the hole in your heart."
Rick Loeffler, South New Berlin, N.Y.
While I found your story on Bayern Munich interesting, their manager Pep Guardiola's awful display of sportsmanship during the team's 2--1 exhibition loss to the MLS All-Stars in August left a bad taste in my mouth. They definitely won't be adding me to their list of new fans.
Paul Dudley, Mt. Pleasant, S.C.
Isn't Notre Dame's women's basketball team also in the state of Indiana? I can't believe Michael Rosenberg failed to mention their team in his essay on the hard times for Indiana basketball when they have appeared in four straight Final Fours.
Richard Skinner, Helotes, Texas
I thought your cover story on J.J. Watt was great, mainly because it captured his simple formula for success: hard work, dedication and enthusiasm. Those attributes will carry him far in the NFL.
Stuart Cagen, Houston
I couldn't agree more with Greg Bishop's nomination of Russell Wilson for Sportsman of the Year. Wilson's dedication to community service makes him the epitome of sportsmanship and class. To call him, however, "the next Brady or Manning" as it relates to football is a bit of a stretch.
Steve Rushin's piece on Dante Chiappetta and the Yale football team was a breath of fresh air. Their willingness to incorporate Dante into their lives touched my heart.
West Bridgewater, Mass.
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