FOR APRIL 22--29, 2019
A cover with no headline? It reminds me of when the U.S. hockey team beat the Soviet Union at the 1980 Olympics. No need for words—the images tell stories that will never be forgotten.
Tiger Woods's win at Augusta National may be the biggest event in the history of sports—for what he has been through, for what he has overcome and for the man he has become. His return sends chills up and down the spine.
Michael Rosenberg's story on Tiger's 15th major title—with lines such as "moving up the leader board, one goose bump at a time"—was as spellbinding as the victory itself. When he wrote of Woods's can-do mind-set "as though birdieing is a choice anybody can just make on the Sunday of the Masters," I thought of Rosenberg: as though world-class phrase turning is a choice anybody can just make.
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Chris Ballard's in-depth study of the Bucks' emergence as an NBA power (SI, April 8), focusing on the dominance of Giannis Antetokounmpo and the deft coaching of Mike Budenholzer, should be studied and emulated by teams in all sports. Milwaukee's tenets include: Treat the people you work with with respect and honesty; encourage teammates to "let it fly"; understand players' abilities and develop offenses and defenses to maximize their strengths; and enjoy the process. It all sounded very easy; we know it is not.
New York City
Dr. Z is simply the greatest of all time. In addition to his on-point mock draft in 2000, he was one of the few people to predict that the Giants would knock off the undefeated Patriots in Super Bowl XLII.
Miami (Via Facebook)
The critics should be thanking lacrosse star Lyle Thompson (SCORECARD) for his contributions to the sport and his ancestors for creating it, instead of denigrating his heritage. If these critics had a better understanding of the sport's rich history, they would be showing him much more respect.
Collierville Tenn. (Via Facebook)
Lacrosse is a tough but beautiful sport. It's a shame that it takes small-minded fans who are trying to ruin the game to bring attention to it. Please cover this and other nonmajor, but worthy, sports more often.
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