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FOR JUNE 27, 2016

Kudos to John W. McDonough for his brilliant photograph of the Block (Believeland). The image left me as spellbound as the fans captured in the background, in absolute wonder as they witnessed an unbelievable play.

Randall Wolthuis, Kentwood, Mich.

I found it ironic that the NCAA seemed morally concerned about institutions that allegedly allow basketball players to pretend to be high school students (Brand Name Stars). It seems like good training for a world in which basketball players pretend to be college students.

Tim Claiborne, Albuquerque

Ben Reiter's story on Jackie Bradley Jr. rightly focuses on Boston's young mashers (Just. Keep. Playing.), but another longtime Pawtucket commuter should get credit as well. Steven Wright's AL-best 2.68 ERA and three complete games have made the righty a stabilizing force on a less-than-stellar rotation.

Richard Chapek, Ventura, Calif.


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I have been a subscriber for more than 20 years and cannot recall a run of covers as epic as the last three: Muhammad Ali, followed by Sidney Crosby and now LeBron James. Two of the greatest players in the NHL and the NBA celebrated their respective championships after we all celebrated the greatest champ ever.

Josh Miely

Rockville, Md.



While I appreciate your coverage of the Minnesota Lynx and their historic start this season, I can't help but think that if an NBA team had started 13--0 it would have gotten more than a single page. One of the reasons the Lynx and the WNBA remain, as Richard Deitsch says, "outside mainstream sports culture" is because outlets like SI shortchange their coverage.

Lynn Klyde-Silverstein

Arvada, Colo.




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