FOR AUG. 24, 2015
I really enjoyed Emily Kaplan's article on Ravens offensive lineman John Urschel. It debunks stereotypes that many have about football players and encourages those who excel in both academics and sports to follow their dreams.
Derek Maxwell, Prather, Calif.
Your article on the mathlete made me think of former Browns quarterback Frank Ryan, who earned a Ph.D. in mathematics from Rice University in 1965 while he was still playing in the NFL. How great would it be to see Ryan and John Urschel sit down to shoot the breeze about mathematics?
Jim Leimbach, Atlanta
Great article on the Sky's Elena Delle Donne. The WNBA does not get the respect it deserves. These women work just as hard, if not harder, than the men. I love watching the women's game because it stresses fundamentals.
Bill Leppert, Greenwood, Ind.
I liked your article on Jason Day's PGA Championship win, but it should have mentioned one of the tournament's most unusual shots: Matt Jones's third-round, 9th hole drive that landed on the second-floor deck of a hospitality tent adjacent to the fairway. Jones's recovery shot was good enough to save bogey and retain a temporary one-shot lead over Day.
Elmer R. Umbenhauer, Cape May Court House, N.J.
Ben Reiter's Cardinals cover story acknowledged the losses of Adam Wainwright, Matt Holliday and Matt Adams but omitted the Cards' toughest loss of all: the tragic death of Oscar Taveras last October.
I'd like to offer an addition to Steve Rushin's "Dating Game" essay: April 15. It might be both the best and worst day in sports. It's the day Jackie Robinson made his major league debut in 1947 and the day of the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013.
Aug. 16 could have easily qualified for Rushin's "Dating Game." It's the day when both Babe Ruth ('48) and Elvis ('77) left this world and when Madonna ('58) entered it.
Greg Harris, Atlanta
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DAMIAN STROHMEYER FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (RUSHIN)
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