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FOR DEC. 26, 2016

Jack Dickey's story on the evolving attitudes toward discipline among NFL coaches—balancing hard and soft approaches—brought to mind F. Scott Fitzgerald, who once wrote: "The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function."

Robert W. Keidel, Philadelphia

I wish you had recognized the passing of Peggy Kirk Bell(Farewell), an LPGA pioneer and considered by some the Arnold Palmer of ladies' golf.

Leo Santowasso, Pinehurst, N.C.

And Tommy Kono, who was perhaps the greatest weightlifter of the 20th century, having won gold medals for the U.S. at the 1952 and '56 Olympics.

Robert Walker, Springfield, Va.

And Garrett Gomez, probably the best American jockey never to win a Triple Crown race.

Bill Feingold, Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.

While H-back Curtis Samuel has gotten off to a fast start at Ohio State (New York Jet), he has a lot of catching up to do before being recognized as Erasmus Hall High's greatest athlete. That honor belongs to Sid Luckman, the Bears' Hall of Fame quarterback and T-formation pioneer.

Elliott Denman

West Long Branch, N.J.

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Tim Layden's profile of Michael Phelps reveals the essence of a champion (The Gold Standard). In addition to achieving unparalleled Olympic success, Phelps showed tremendous courage by seeking help to regain control of his life. When it comes to talent and tenacity, he is undoubtedly worth his weight in gold.

N. Aaron Troodler

Bala Cynwyd, Pa.

Winning a record 28 medals doesn't necessarily make Phelps the greatest Olympian of all time. His haul doesn't take into account that swimming offers more opportunities for medals—varying distances, strokes and formats—than almost any other Olympic sport. No doubt Phelps is the greatest Olympic swimmer of all time, which is amazing in its own right.

Nehal Rahim

Superior Township, Mich.

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