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April 16, 2012
April 16, 2012

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April 16, 2012

Sports Illustrated DIGITAL
LEADING OFF
GOLF PLUS
THE MAIL
Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS
GOLF
  • Ridiculously long, sublimely creative, yet absolutely just a regular guy, Masters champion Bubba Watson has a story that will bring you (and him) to tears

NHL /// PLAYOFF PREVIEW '12
BASEBALL
  • It's been 65 years since Jackie Robinson smashed the color barrier, nearly 40 since his death. Rachel Robinson—closing fast on 90, still effecting social change—has ensured that his memory and message remain as powerful as ever

PRO BASKETBALL
SPORTS BUSINESS
SAMMY WANJIRU
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If Albert Pujols already has 445 career home runs in just 11 years in the majors, I think he should have no problem hitting 318 more homers throughout the remainder of his career to best Barry Bonds for the career home run total. The icing on the cake is that it appears Pujols has done it all without the use of steroids.

This is an article from the April 16, 2012 issue

Matt Whittock, Lodi, Calif.

The Greatest Debate

Lance Berkman's comment that Pujols is the greatest hitter of all time (Albert's Second Act) is a big stretch. Compare Pujols's numbers to Babe Ruth's. From 1920 (his first full season in which he didn't pitch) to 1930, Ruth had a .353 batting average and hit 516 home runs. He also had discipline at the plate, with 1,376 walks in 5,402 at bats. In 6,312 at bats over a 10-year period, Pujols's had 975 walks.

John Richert, Ann Arbor, Mich.

It's Not Just Hype

While the national hype of Linsanity might be over (SCORECARD), we shouldn't be so quick to dismiss the impact Jeremy Lin had on the Knicks. Even on a night when his numbers were down—such as on March 21, when he went 4 for 17 against the Sixers—he still was a major factor in New York's winning the game, going 10 for 10 from the foul line with three assists, a steal and a blocked shot. Hopefully when he returns from his knee injury, he can still give the Knicks a winning spark.

John Robben, Stamford, Conn.

Candid Camera

I know it's not called very often, but what Louisville point guard Peyton Siva is caught doing with the basketball in a photo accompanying Tim Layden's story on the Sweet 16 (The Powers and the Glory) is a prime example of carrying and is simply not legal.

Roger Friedman, Annandale, Va.

Bracket Biology

I think another explanation for our obsession with the NCAA tournament and brackets (POINT AFTER) can be found in Charles Darwin's theory of natural selection. The NCAA tournament is survival of the fittest, the process in which organisms possessing certain superior characteristics are more likely to thrive. We have been living in brackets like this since the beginning of time.

Jathan Janove, Portland

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FEEDBACK

What do you think will happen next between Dwight Howard and coach Stan Van Gundy in Orlando?

Kieve Dainell Veron: The Magic should trade Howard so that the team can free some cap space and sign other players. This is like the Nuggets and Carmelo Anthony last season. And just like the Nuggets, the Magic needs to rebuild next season without the disgruntled star.

Frederick Perry: Hopefully it will end with Van Gundy coaching the Knicks next season.

The Bill Walton Trip (@NotBillWalton): The Magic needs to fire G.M. Otis Smith. Orlando averaged 55 wins a year in four seasons with Van Gundy, so how is he the problem?

Victor Arroyo: I think Van Gundy is a goner no matter what. The coach always loses when a star wants him out.

Caleb Benoit: I see Howard with a new team, Van Gundy with a new team and more horrible personnel decisions by the Orlando G.M.

Ricky Funaro: Van Gundy is toast, so the Magic should finally give Patrick Ewing a shot as head coach.

Kurt Hachey: Van Gundy will resign, and Howard will leave after he sees that they can't win. Who will want to play there after everything blows up?

TWEET OF THE WEEK

"Lamar Odom and the Kardashian circus are leaving Dallas. All clowns, elephants and NBA forwards exit stage left."

KEITH (@DOANERTOUQUE)

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