I'm not buying this "new-look" LeBron James. It still seems that everything he does, from tweeting the hoodie photo in support of Trayvon Martin to his current mea culpa for the Decision, is a calculated attempt to elicit acceptance and admiration from the public.
This is an article from the May 21, 2012 issue
Sean Parker, Humble, Texas
I don't think James understands that many of us basketball fans do not care if he is rejuvenated (Meet the Rejuvenated, Revitalized LeBron) or if he gets a championship ring. We're still reeling over the fact that he wasn't a stand-up guy in Cleveland and didn't stick around and bring a title to his hometown.
Robert L. Elliott, Milwaukee
Call Them Winners
I found the Biggest Losers title that you used for your recent wrestling column (INSIDE OLYMPICS) to be offensive. The four athletes mentioned in the story (Kurt Angle, Henry Cejudo, Rulon Gardner and Cael Sanderson) are all Olympic gold medalists who, for various reasons, are not competing in the London Games this summer. Still, they have achieved greatness in their sport and should be respected for their accomplishments.
Scott A. Jolson, Brooklyn
All NFL, All the Time
Phil Taylor's column about the oversaturation of NFL coverage (POINT AFTER) is the most accurate criticism of the sport that I have read in a long time. Football shows are now on television year-round. After the Super Bowl, I expect to see more NBA, NCAA basketball and baseball coverage. Instead I get countless news stories on the NFL draft, footage of practices and rundowns of the off-season plans of mundane teams like the Bills and the Bengals. This overexposure is ruining the game.
Dan Peat, Sugar Grove, Ill.
Here is something else we might soon see from the league: a weekly game show called The NFL's Wheel of Fortune, hosted by Skip Bayless. Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow spin the wheel to see who is the Jets' starting quarterback (Tebow wins every week), while Roger Goodell introduces a "You Decide the Penalty" wedge: Viewers call in to vote on how long a player should be suspended.
Ron LaVarnway, Auburn, N.Y.
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THE LEGACY OF TITLE IX
POINT AFTER: ANDREW RODRIGUEZ
Chris Bosh is out indefinitely with an abdominal strain. How will this affect the Heat moving forward?
M. Scott (@detroitb3): Chris Bosh with an abdominal strain? That means the tide just shifted. It'll be the Spurs or the Thunder winning the NBA championship this year.
David Boutwell: This injury means nothing. The Heat players have missed him before and have been just fine.
Timothy Sickler: The Heat is on. Put the pressure on LeBron James, and he will not produce.
Terrance Jackson: Some might say Bosh is not a major factor for the Heat when the team wins, but it can't beat Boston without him.
Michael Scotto (@MikeAScotto): LeBron & Dwyane Wade already proved that they're the Big Duet and can carry Miami without Bosh.
Larc King Cole (@IamLarceny): The Pacers will beat the Heat! With Bosh down, LeBron won't be able to carry Miami against the 7'2" Roy Hibbert & the monster that is David West.
Marc Eder: The Heat is done. If LeBron the MVP decides to have a bad night it's gonna be the Bad News Bears down on South Beach.
Jimmy Schrimsher: This will be LeBron's excuse as to why they won't get past the Celtics.
TWEET OF THE WEEK
"One of my biggest fears is being trapped in a Being John Malkovich situation inside the head of Ron Artest (a.k.a. Metta World Peace)."
WILL GILSON (@WDGILSON)