FOR AUG. 17, 2015
Frank Gifford was one of my childhood heroes. He always looked like an idol, whether he was running sweeps around end or just standing on the sideline. As a broadcaster, his description of skier Franz Klammer's gold-medal-winning downhill run at the 1976 Olympics perfectly captured the drama of the moment.
North Haven, Conn.
While I enjoyed Tim Layden's tribute to Gifford, I did raise an eyebrow at his description of Don Meredith as cornpone. It felt derogatory. As the perfect foil to Howard Cosell, Meredith was folksy and unpretentious, but every bit as insightful.
Paul Welvang, Edina, Minn.
As a Diamondbacks fan, I thoroughly enjoyed Ben Reiter's article on first baseman Paul Goldschmidt. While you were right to say that he is almost unknown to the public, it didn't help that your photos showed him only from the back or at a distance. How about a close-up?
Gary Sumner, Towanda, Pa.
FROM THE EDITOR
Many of our readers wrote in to inquire about the lack of Goldschmidt close-ups. Upon further review, we tend to agree. So here's a picture of Goldschmidt taking a selfie.
Although we've heard stories similar to Antonio Brown's before, they never cease to inspire. It's incredible how a combination of fortuitous moments, hard work and a little support can lift one out of poverty and on to the American Dream.
Reading about how USA Track & Field will not allow middle distance runner Nick Symmonds to compete for the U.S. team at the world championships because he wouldn't wear Nike gear at all times made me think I had stumbled upon your Sign of the Apocalypse.
I enjoyed Michael Rosenberg's column on minor league home run king Mike Hessman. Given the Tigers' dismal season, you would think they would have called him up by now.
Bill Finch Wayland, Mass.
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