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June 18, 2012
June 18, 2012

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June 18, 2012

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LEADING OFF
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Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS
NBA FINALS
TENNIS
BOXING
BASEBALL
REVOLUTION GAMES
  • THE 1956 MELBOURNE OLYMPICS WERE PLUNGED INTO COLD WAR INTRIGUE AS DOZENS OF HUNGARIAN ATHLETES, UNWILLING TO RETURN HOME AFTER SOVIET TANKS CRUSHED A POPULAR UPRISING AGAINST COMMUNIST RULE, DEFECTED TO FREEDOM—WITH HELP FROM A YOUNG SPORTS MAGAZINE

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It doesn't seem fair that athletes who were born male are allowed to compete in female events. How can the NCAA require only one year of testosterone suppression for transgender females before they can compete against women when they are still in transition and still have a physical advantage?

This is an article from the June 18, 2012 issue

Paul Thielemann, Bozeman, Mont.

Transgender Issues

I thought your article (The Transgender Athlete) was both enlightening and thought-provoking. Not only did it address the issue of equality in sports, but it also exposed the type of discrimination and malice that some of these athletes encounter. I'm glad people are beginning to acknowledge this often disrespected group.

Nick Vose, Springboro, Ohio

Too Much of Nothing

Thank you for your essay about sports stories that we've had enough of (SCORECARD). I'd rather read Khloe Kardashian's diary than read another feature about Tiger Woods's comeback. Still, I do not for a second believe that journalists will put exhausted story lines like these to rest. For example, Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos was kidnapped at gunpoint and held for ransom in Venezuela two days after Joe Paterno was fired as head coach at Penn State amid the Jerry Sandusky scandal. While Ramos's story was compelling, it was a mere blip on the radar compared with all the media attention the Penn State scandal got and continues to generate. It seems that reporters become obsessed with certain topics and want to keep them going for as long as they can.

Leah Bishop, Atlanta

You guys left out the biggest sports topic from the past year that we are all sick of: Tim Tebow.

Adam Curry, Tonawanda, N.Y.

Passing the Buck

I enjoyed Joe Sheehan's column on the Orioles' success this season (INSIDE MLB). However, I was surprised that there was no mention of manager Buck Showalter. He has done a phenomenal job with the O's, just as he has everywhere else he has managed. I don't think Baltimore would be anywhere near the top of the AL East if not for Showalter.

Neil McDonald, Cantonment, Fla.

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FEEDBACK

Do you think fans are too obsessed with LeBron James's missteps to appreciate his greatness?

Joshua James: I think it is because of his greatness that LeBron's flaws are so accentuated.

Patrick Battaglia: Fans are obsessed with pointing out the negative in a lot of great players. People get so caught up in hatred and stripping players down that they don't appreciate their talent. It's like you have to align yourself with one star and hate all the others.

Jesse Villarreal: LeBron is very good, but he has to be more clutch to be considered great. He just needs those great late-game performances and a championship ring.

Scott Davis: I definitely appreciate it. I think he is one of the most—if not the most—gifted players to ever play in the NBA. I haven't seen anyone who comes close to having the strength, power, explosiveness and jumping ability.

Joe Giglio: He's a great basketball player with undeniable talent who happens to have an inflated ego. Big deal! We should all appreciate his greatness. We praise athletes who are far worse.

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