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FOR DEC. 19, 2016

I have just sobbed my way through Lee Jenkins's article about LeBron James. I have never seen Northeast Ohio so galvanized, joyful and proud of what the Cavs accomplished. After years of being the butt of jokes, we can finally be called champions.

Gary Richardson, Canton, Ohio

Awarding James over the Cubs was a snub of epic proportions. The team's engaging personalities, enthralling manager, loyal fan base and thrilling comeback in Game 7 of the World Series all combined for the most compelling sports story of 2016.

Dennis Kerrigan, North Barrington, Ill.

Regarding Will Leitch's essay on fans' impatience for championships (SCORECARD), I think we should remember that without the agony of defeat, there can be no thrill in victory. To say all is futile if there is no championship is to rob all the joy from each season.

Lorraine Urfer, Hayward, Calif.

I found your use of the word courage in describing Colin Kaepernick very disappointing (EDITORS' LETTER). I believe the soldiers who fight for our country are the ones who show courage. Kaepernick's actions are a slap in the face of all who provide him the very freedom he has used to dishonor the national anthem.

Jeff Kampwerth, Aviston, Ill.

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As a Superior Court judge and law professor who both upholds and teaches the First Amendment, I applaud your selection of LeBron James as Sportsperson of the Year. And I all but burst with pride and felt great reverence over your inclusion of patriots like Muhammad Ali, Jim Brown, Bill Russell and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (The Activist Minds) and Doug Baldwin (... And Now What?).

Mark T. Gould

North Haven, Conn.

I've been reading SI since 1958, and one of the main reasons I've been so loyal is that it has consistently featured articles about important social issues as they intersect with the world of sports—e.g., your series on the exploitation of black athletes in '68, stories on athletes and domestic violence, Jason Collins's coming out in 2013. Thanks for keeping up this great tradition.

Glenna Matthews

Laguna Beach, Calif.

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