It's so sad that what should have been a storybook high school ending for Wes Leonard quickly became tragic. We all need to remember that strong and fit athletes can easily have unknown health problems. I hope this story raises awareness of the importance of defibrillators.
This is an article from the March 12, 2012 issue
William Foster, Mandeville, La.
A Fallen Star
Your article on young Wes (The Legacy of Wes Leonard, Feb. 20) was one of the saddest I've read in a long time. It was a reminder of how a life so normal can suddenly be brought to a halt. It should serve as a lesson for those who have not reflected on how lucky they are to be alive.
Sage Koh, Toronto
Many of us around Michigan closely followed Wes's heart-wrenching story and the way his teammates and the Fennville community rallied around the Leonard family. After watching the television footage of Wes's best friend, Xavier Grigg, sitting on the bench in tears during a game, I couldn't help but think, What a strong kid this is, to get up after everything that's happened, reach deep inside and play for his fallen friend.
Todd Andrews, Rockford, Mich.
I have no doubt that through Wes's tragedy, every member of Fennville's basketball team found out that there is more fight inside him than he ever imagined. Perhaps the most poignant line in the story is the one in which Jayson Hicks sees "Xavier at age 30, looking back on the biggest moment in his life and wishing he'd fought a little harder." One can't help but think that Wes grabbed his friend by the shoelaces in the midst of his grief and helped him to stand up, making him into a man.
David Grosse Three Oaks, Mich.
Hold That Tiger
Phil Mickelson comes from six strokes back and puts together an amazing final round to win Pebble Beach (The Meaning of Pebble Beach, Feb. 20). On the other hand Tiger Woods starts four strokes off the lead and then collapses to finish tied for 15th and gets all of the glory in your article. While I too look forward to seeing Woods get back his competitive edge, I think this article should have been totally about Mickelson's win.
Ann Abernathy Colonial Heights, Va.
If Woods is more at peace now in his career than at any other time over the last decade, I think it's mainly because he finally looked at himself in the mirror and realized that his actions compromised both himself and those around him. Sometimes reality can have a very humbling effect.
Mike Acheson Port Angeles, Wash.
Born a Bruin
I really enjoyed your article on Brad Marchand (The Little Ball of Hate, Feb. 20). He is just the latest example of the type of hard-nosed, antagonizing, in-your-face tough guy who has always been part of Bruins hockey. Marchand's style of play reminds me of former Bruins Leo Labine and Terry O'Reilly. When those guys were on the ice, opposing players knew they had to be alert and had to keep their heads up at all times. Marchand brings the same kind of pandemonium and fear to his opponents.
John Larrabee Naples, Fla.
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