FOR JAN. 26, 2015
I was truly captivated by L. Jon Wertheim's article on Tony Blake. It was great reading about how Blake is helping to improve the health of his fellow drivers. While reducing the country's obesity rates is something Blake cannot do alone, he still should be applauded for his efforts.
Adam Hege, King, N.C.
Yale's swim program did not "fall into mediocrity" once coach Bob Kiphuth retired in 1959, as Wertheim suggests. In fact, it continued to thrive, finishing second at the NCAA championships twice (1963 and '68) and producing several Olympians, including gold medalists Don Schollander, Steve Clark, Mike Austin and John Nelson.
Tom Slear, Annapolis, Md.
I couldn't help but notice the young Packers fan in the front row of your LEADING OFF photo. His look of shock is either due to the play on the field or the fact that the cheesehead next to him is high-fiving a Seahawks fan.
Greg O'Neal, Evansville, Ind.
I attended the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team's exhibition game against the Soviets at Madison Square Garden on Feb. 9, 1980. Not only did the Red Army skate circles around the U.S., but it also scored a goal while skating backward in the 10--3 rout.
Steve Sankner, Old Bridge, N.J.
I thought the helmet catch by Giants receiver David Tyree against the Patriots in the final two minutes of Super Bowl XLII made for the most painful loss ever. However, the Packers' meltdown in the NFC championship game was even worse.
Robert Puentes Cathedral City, Calif.
The restoration of Penn State's wins shouldn't be tied to Joe Paterno's legacy. Those wins belong to the hundreds of innocent Nittany Lions athletes who never should have been punished for the sins of their coaches.
Phil Taylor's essay on attorney Dennis Doyle made me think of something a teacher once told me: "Most lawyers go to hell." It looks like Doyle went even lower than that when he decided to attend all 82 Knicks games.
Bayamón, Puerto Rico
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KAREN KUEHN FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (BLAKE)
ROBERT BECK/SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (COVER)
ROBERT BECK/SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (LEADING OFF)
AL TIELEMANS/SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (PATERNO)
JOHN BURGESS FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (TAYLOR)
COURTESY OF SLAVA FETISOV PERSONAL ARCHIVE (RED ARMY)