FOR JAN. 9, 2017
I was disappointed in S.L. Price's story on Ben Roethlisberger (Big Ben). Price presented the quarterback's positive changes in such a way as to raise doubts about the legitimacy of his growth. Roethlisberger has been a model citizen, teammate, husband and father for some time. Why not give credit where it is due?
Rudy Popolis, Denver, Pa.
It is not up to a writer to decide if it is O.K. for fans to wear a particular jersey. Perhaps they are simply showing their appreciation for a player's efforts on the field.
Russell Newton, Essex Junction, Vt.
Despite the renewed interest in the Cowboys this year, sparked by their two sensational rookies, Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott, I'm not ready to anoint them America's Team again (SCORECARD). They might sell the most jerseys and have the coolest stadium and the most quotable owner, but you can't be America's Team when you haven't been to a Super Bowl in 21 years.
Brett Hayman, St. Petersburg
Joseph Randle's story is an American tragedy (Cowboy Down). Despite the insatiable desire to blame head trauma for many things—in this case, Randle's criminal behavior—I believe he must suffer from some form of psychiatric disorder.
William McCarthy, Stockton, Calif.
Lee Jenkins's profile of point guard Giannis Antetokounmpo is a study in character, perseverance and unmatched skill (Freak Unleashed). This 22-year-old, a true unicorn, has changed the game. Kudos to Bucks coach Jason Kidd for understanding that.
New York City
There is always someone carping about the unfairness of NCAA playoff selections—just tune in after Selection Sunday for men's basketball every March. So instead of struggling with rankings, statistics and other criteria, the NCAA should simply expand the football playoff from four to 16 teams. Let the players settle it on the field.
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