FOR NOV. 16, 2015
Protesting does not automatically put one on the correct side of an argument. Missouri's football players stood with a group insisting that three isolated incidents of stupidity on a 35,000-person campus represent systemic racism (SCORECARD). Frankly, they are wrong.
Nick Straatmann, Washington, Mo.
Missouri's football player protest took me back to the Black 14 at Wyoming in 1969, when 14 black players wanted to wear armbands in protest during a game against BYU. Cowboys coach Lloyd Eaton kicked them all off the team. So while there is still progress to be made, society has at least improved enough that the Missouri players could not only stage their protest but also see their demands realized.
Rusty Bradshaw, Phoenix
Bill Curry's first piece of advice for Clemson coach Dabo Swinney(P.A.W. Patrol)—"Be Dabo"—also happens to be a perfect acronym to describe him: Bold, Enthusiastic, Dedicated, Authentic, Battler, Optimistic.
Jerry Schwartz, Alpharetta, Ga.
Trumpeting American Pharoah as the only horse to win the Triple Crown and the Breeders' Cup Classic (CASE FOR ...) is a bit misleading. The inaugural Classic was in 1984, six years after Affirmed won the last Triple Crown.
Jonathan Sigall, Forest Hills, N.Y.
Seeking and accepting help is the most courageous thing Michael Phelps(A New Man) will ever do—more inspiring than turning in a record time in the 400 IM or earning another gold medal. Having said that, I will be yelling my lungs out for him to win more gold in Rio.
Hidden Hills, Calif.
I was concerned with one sentence in your story: "Phelps publicly vowed not to drink alcohol at least until the Olympic Games are finished." I would hope he learned better in rehab and that he stays away from that slippery slope.
Sneads Ferry, N.C.
Having retrieved this week's issue just after Veterans Day, I was dismayed by Michael Rosenberg's column on the Pentagon paying the NFL millions to do what ought to come naturally: Be patriotic.
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