FOR FEB. 2, 2015
Thank you, Rich Cohen, for your wonderful article honoring the life of Ernie Banks. The C on Banks's cap should stand not only for Cubs but also for class. Thanks for the memories!
Bob Van Haitsma, Omaha
I was heartbroken when I read about Banks's death. His imprint on the Cubs has never faded, as he steadfastly remained one of the team's—and baseball's—ambassadors of goodwill. Now Mr. Cub has three places to call home: Wrigley Field, Cooperstown and heaven.
Paul Montenegro, Chula Vista, Calif.
It pains me to say this, but Bill Belichick is the Richard Nixon of football. Belichick's Patriots are so good that they don't have to break the rules, but they do. Nixon was so far ahead of Democratic presidential nominee George McGovern in 1972 that he didn't need the Watergate break-in to help his reelection campaign, but he was still involved in the cover-up. Paranoia obviously doesn't listen to reason.
Dan Shenk, Goshen, Ind.
I strongly disagree with Tim Layden's assertion that Belichick "failed miserably in his first head-coaching job." In 1991, Belichick took over a Browns team that had finished 3--13. By the '94 season he had the team at 11--5, before a 20--13 victory over the Patriots in an AFC wild-card game. His final year in Cleveland was disrupted by owner Art Modell's announcement that the Browns were moving to Baltimore, after which the team went 1--6.
Collin Agee, Falls Church, Va.
Richard Sherman claims that Seattle was better than New England as a place to develop his game and persona. Well, I have just one word for him: Gronk.
Despite its being a gag, I cannot believe that with all of the attention on domestic violence and violence against women, you would print a photo of Will Ferrell hitting a cheerleader in the face with a basketball.
Long Beach, Calif.
In his Case for ... Being Awesome, Joe Sheehan wrote, "It's been too long since baseball had a team that made fans wake up every day and ask, 'Did they win?' " Not true. Pirates fans have been asking that question for years, just with increasingly exasperated undertones.
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