FOR MAY 7, 2018
SAME WARRIOR, NEW BATTLE
I was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease three years ago, and as I read Chris Ballard's article, I could identify with so much of what Brian Grant was experiencing. I asked my wife to read it, and after she did we had one of our best discussions about Parkinson's—it felt as if we were on the same page. Now I will ask my son and his wife to read it. So thank you for this article, which enabled us to increase our communication and understanding.
29TH TIME'S THE CHARM
As a longtime football coach, I was amused by one of the factors that assured certain NFL decision makers that Baker Mayfield was ahead of all other quarterback prospects. A 60.3% completion rate for passes thrown 20 yards or more is so misleading when it applies to productive QB play. What is most important is how accurate those completed balls are, which cannot be measured by a simple percentage.
THE CONTROL PITCHER
You watch great athletes without ever really considering the state of their souls. Then you read an article like Stephanie Apstein's on Clayton Kershaw and realize this guy has faith, he's dedicated to his family, and he's a perfectionist in his craft. I have a new view of Kershaw, and even though I am a Yankees fan, I will root for him when he is on the mound.
SPACE: THE FINAL FRONTIER
James Harden's offensive prowess is a function of a ridiculous trend in the NBA, in which players are rewarded for driving headfirst into the lane to draw a foul. Harden gets to the free throw line far more often than any other player, and he made 8.7 free throws per game this season. That clearly contributed to his league-leading 30.4 points per game. The average made free throws of the next nine leading scorers was 5.3, a difference of 3.4 points. That would drop Harden's average to 27, third behind those of Anthony Davis and LeBron James.
Brian C. Gura
Redondo Beach, Calif.
Placing a limit on the naturally occurring testosterone levels of some female Olympic runners like Caster Semenya makes as much sense as imposing a height limit on Olympic basketball players because taller people would have a built-in advantage.
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