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FOR APRIL 23--30, 2018

PURE HEART

Thank you so much for reprinting William Nack's gem on Secretariat. I can think of no better tribute to Nack and his years of graceful writing for your magazine. My second reading of the story ended the same as the first, with tears streaming down my face.

Lee O. Hagglund

Spartanburg, S.C.

REMEMBER JAKE LOCKER?

Greg Bishop's insightful story on Locker illuminates a large flaw in American culture, especially in the win-at-any-cost world of professional sports: If you try to adhere to an ethical path by putting family, sanity or justice before profits, you will often find yourself at odds with the world—and sometimes maligned for it. (See Colin Kaepernick.) I applaud Locker for walking away and Matt Hasselback for his comments calling out the NFL coaches who twist values into hollow talking points.

Matt Tanguay

Ann Arbor, Mich.

BAKER MAYFIELD

Not to sound stodgy, but maybe Mayfield should heed the words "Be humble or be humbled." Sadly, I feel his day of reckoning will come before he's ready for it, and his downfall will be precipitous.

Nathan Erickson

Port Washington, Wis.

LET'S PLAY TWO

As a baseball fan I can appreciate the mania surrounding Angels pitcher--power hitter Shohei Ohtani ... to a point. But three weeks does not make a career. Let's at least wait until we see his numbers at the All-Star break before we even consider giving him the mantle of next great player.

Kevin Duane

Valhalla, N.Y.

MOURNING GLORIES

I can only hope that we never have to read about another tragedy like the bus crash that killed 16 people associated with the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team. That said, please don't ever stop writing stories like this should another occur.

Dennis Whalen

Mill Valley, Calif.

INBOX

In a letter regarding an April 9 feature on Cardinals outfielder Tommy Pham, we incorrectly said the author was Tom Murphy of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. The letter was in fact submitted by Cecil Conley of Vacaville, Calif. SI regrets the error.

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