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FOR JAN. 15, 2018

PURPLE MEMORY KEEPER

Thank you, Steve Rushin, for a great story about Vikings legend Alan Page(above) and the impact he has made in Minnesota and the U.S. since his playing days. I had no idea that he served on the state Supreme Court for so many years and with great distinction. A football player I admired as a child I admire even more today.

Mike Childs

Avon, Ind.

IT TAKES TUA

If Alabama coach Nick Saban was such a genius, he would've played Tua Tagovailoa(right) earlier in the year or started him in the championship game. It was more an act of desperation. Granted, the freshman quarterback had Georgia off-balance at times, but he was mostly running and gunning. His last pass was his best, and it came at the perfect time.

Matt Macdonald (via Facebook)

Andy Staples's story making Saban out to be a demigod ignored what looked like three blown or missed calls by the officials. I think Georgia deserved more credit for forcing the first overtime and for kicking the longest field goal in CFP history.

Patrick White Fort Walton Beach, Fla.

BE STEEL MY HEART

I almost laughed when reading Greg Bishop's article about Pittsburgh's defense. It was yet another example of excessive pride becoming the ultimate cause of death for a team. The Steelers seemed so set on a rematch with New England that they seemed to forget that there were other games to be played.

Max Freedman

Natick, Mass.

STRANGE BUSINESS

In his POINT AFTER column Marcus Ball admits he knew that the owner of the Panthers did not want his employees following the lead of Colin Kaepernick. Ball admits to doing his own thing anyway. This is not a race issue; this is a simple lack of respect for the rules set out by the person who employed him. And it perpetuates the narrative that we can do whatever we want if we feel we are doing the right thing in our hearts.

Matthew Olivari

Leominster, Mass.

HIGHER PURPOSE

At its core, a state university's primary goal should be preparing the next generation of citizens to lead. Missouri's hiring of basketball coach Cuonzo Martin brings the university closer to reaching that goal again.

Mike Morton

Gardnerville, Nev.

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