FOR APRIL 18--25, 2016
After a crushing collapse at Augusta, Jordan Spieth stood and answered all the questions, showing a great deal of class in a tough situation (Major Catastrophe). Panthers coach Ron Rivera asserts that players aren't emotionally ready to face the press after a loss, and yet Spieth was. NFL players could learn something from his example.
Ed Hutchinson, Sherill, N.Y.
I came away feeling a strong sense of North Dakota pride after reading the profile on Carson Wentz (Hello, My Name Is ...). Greg Bishop did a wonderful job humanizing a talented quarterback on the verge of stardom. Bishop's only faux pas was crowning Perkins "the hottest breakfast spot in Fargo." Come on, man.
Andy Landburg, Fargo, N.D.
If there is a problem with the readiness of football prospects coming out of college, perhaps the NFL should start a developmental league. Aside from freeing up scholarship money for student-athletes in other sports, it would attract players whose primary ambition isn't a degree but to play in the NFL, and the coaching would be in line with what the pros want.
Gary Ciba, Phoenix
Chris Ballard concluded that the "force driving this Golden State season is the best chemistry the NBA has ever seen" (Golden Age). I'd be fascinated to know how the Warriors have better chemistry than the 1960s Celtics, the '76--77 Trail Blazers or the '80s Lakers. Or was Ballard hoping nobody older than 35 would read the story?
Huntington Beach, Calif.
This Week's Sign of the Apocalypse: SI ran a nine-page feature ranking the sports world's most stylish figures (Fashionable 50). Next Week's Sign: Athletes love the list and begin working hard to achieve a ranking.
Olmsted Township, Ohio
While Dan Patrick found out what happened to Jack Nicklaus's putter from the 1986 Masters, he left us still wondering about his plaid pants. Yes, the putter is more historically significant, but the plaid pants (and white shoes) were iconic, and surely would have landed the Golden Bear in your Fashionable 50.
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YU TSAI (COVER)
FRED VUICH (SPIETH)
DAVID E. KLUTHO (WARRIORS)
DAVID CANNON/GETTY IMAGES (NICKLAUS)
MICHAEL J. LEBRECHT II (PATRICK)