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March 19, 2012

Jeremy Lin's success is not just a feel-good story, it's also inspirational, the type of story you tell your kids when their self-esteem is down and they want to give up. He is a symbol of what can happen to those who never stop believing in themselves. His humility through all of the rejection and subsequent adulation is a testament to his character.

Samantha Einstein, Centennial, Colo.

Hoop Dreams

After reading your article on Lin (A Run Like No Other, Feb. 27), I understood why the Linsanity phenomena is not going to quiet down anytime soon. This isn't just about one player hitting it big in the NBA. Lin's journey represents the ethos of the American dream: Through hard work you can be anything you want to be.

Daniel Magence, Teaneck, N.J.

As a U.S.-born male of Taiwanese descent, I have waited decades for two things: an Asian-American who is celebrated for doing something that embodies American culture, and acknowledgment by society that there is such a thing as a Taiwanese (as opposed to just Chinese) American. This is why Lin's ascension in the NBA has been both poignant and transcendent for so many.

Franklin Yuan, Rocklin, Calif.

A Call for Change

Karen S. Schneider's piece on Jack Jablonski (The Way We Play the Game, Feb. 27) was riveting and spot-on. While hockey is a terrific sport, it has accepted unnecessary violence as the core of the game for far too long. Hockey can be played just as well with hard hits, skill and finesse as opposed to vicious hits, thuggery and brutality.

Peter W. Kelly, Hazlet, N.J.

The changes being made in hockey at the high school level are important not only to the players' health but also to the skills they will need in order to not injure others on the ice. Players need to better protect each other in order to give the fans a reason to cheer.

Daniel Bellay, Fairmont, W.Va.

Not Even Close

Thanks for your essay on Wilt Chamberlain's 100-point game (SCORECARD, Feb. 27). What makes his achievement even more remarkable is the fact that his 100-point total has never been matched by any two NBA players on the same team in a single game.

L.A. Ellis, St. Paul

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Which region do you think is the toughest in the 2012 NCAA tournament bracket?

Nathan Crapó: I think the West region with Michigan State as the No. 1 seed will be almost impossible for any other team to get out of.

Caleb Boles: I don't know about the toughest, but I think Tyler Zeller and UNC out in the Midwest have it the easiest. The other three regions seem to be pretty even.

Jerry Kurt: The South. Kentucky most likely needs to beat UConn, the defending champs, and then Indiana and Duke just to reach the Final Four. On the flip side everyone else has to deal with Kentucky looming as the No. 1 overall.

Nate Silver (@fivethirtyeight): The West is tough but super weird, which I guess is what happens when there are very few good basketball teams west of Kansas.

Carlo D. Fernàndez: The South is by far the toughest. I expect about four upsets from that side of the bracket.

Lawrence Padilla: With Michigan State, New Mexico, Louisville, Missouri and Marquette, I'd say the West is stacked. However, the NCAA Selection Committee showed UNC a lot of love in the Midwest, seeing as how they could make the Final Four without having to play any of the top 25 seeds.

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