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FOR APRIL 10, 2017

It took me two days to read Chris Ballard's story on Monty Williams in its entirety because I had to stop to cry so often (You Can't Give In). Your magazine has told many wonderful stories of human interest and compassion, but never one as strong and compelling as this one.

Mike Campbell, Madison, Tenn.

In my 17 years, I've never felt a personal connection to a story as I did this one—and I've been reading your magazine since I was eight. Ballard captured perfectly the character of a flawed but incredible man. That's always what I've liked about SI, that it endeavors to tell not just sports stories but also human stories. Thank you for the best article I've ever read.

Kyle Brusco, Burnsville, Minn.

I believe Michael Bamberger's article on shooting 62 at a major, while interesting, misses the point. How could shooting an eight-under 62 on a par-70 be better than shooting nine-under on a par-72, which has already been done seven times? The first to shoot 10 under par for a round—that should be the goal.

Jim Moffatt, Redlands, Calif.

If Falcons coach Dan Quinn had focused on the objective of winning the Super Bowl over his process on that fateful late-game drive (Don't Hold Back), he probably would have proved that playing conservatively offers many ways to win, while playing aggressively offers many ways to lose.

Sonny Taragin Baltimore


I appreciated Michael Rosenberg's article on North Carolina's NCAA championship win over—who was it again? Oh, there it is—Gonzaga (Full Swing). If you didn't search for it, you wouldn't know the Bulldogs were even part of the game. They were mentioned just three times, while the Tar Heels came up ... well, I gave up counting. Gonzaga deserved more than a passing mention for its spectacular season.

Gary Myers Chelan, Wash.



The item about sports' most awesome foursomes highlights the Yankees' Core Four—Derek Jeter, Andy Pettitte, Jorge Posada and Mariano Rivera—from 1995 to 2004, but they don't even beat the 1927 Yankees and their Murderers' Row: Earle Combs, Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Tony Lazzeri.

Hugh Fitzpatrick Coventry, R.I.




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