THE MAIL

April 15, 2013

When I saw your article on Brian Cole, I took note of the April 1 issue date and the fact that Cole was a Mets prospect and immediately thought of 1985's The Curious Case of Sidd Finch. Sadly, the tragedy of Cole's sudden demise was neither fiction nor an April Fool's joke. Still, I was happy that I had the opportunity to read such a beautifully written story about this extremely talented young man.

Jim McCart, Conestoga, Pa.

Remembering Brian Cole

I was saddened after reading your story on Brian Cole (The Best Player You Never Saw) and realizing that most baseball fans will never get to revel in his skills. I'm just glad that his family, friends and teammates were left with his wonderful legacy, knowing that he was not only a gifted player but also a great human being.

Lawrence Campbell, Tenafly, N.J.

Big Ups

I enjoyed your list of the NBA's greatest dunks (SCORECARD), but I couldn't understand how the throwdown by 6'5" John Starks over 6'10" Horace Grant in the 1993 Eastern Conference finals did not make it.

Chad Fleming, Mystic, Conn.

Here's an oldie but goodie: Bill Russell's dunk off a lob pass from Bob Cousy against the Philadelphia Warriors in 1956. Russell straight-armed the ball through the hoop while his head cleared the top of the backboard.

Larry Spellman, Plymouth, Mass.

Strong Hold

Cornell wrestler Kyle Dake (SCORECARD) deserved more than just a four-line blurb. Winning four Division I wrestling titles at four different weight classes is one of the greatest athletic feats of all time.

Gary Walker, Villa Park, Ill.

Double Standard

I was appalled by the way Texas handled the situations involving coaches Major Applewhite and Bev Kearney (SCORECARD). Even more appalling was how Longhorns booster Joe Jamail seemingly condoned Applewhite's actions, dismissing his "indiscretion" as just "spitting in the street." The hypocrisy the administration showed detracts from the honor and tradition that is normally associated with the university.

Fred Brattain, Corona, Calif.

These are very different circumstances. If Applewhite had been involved in a long-term relationship with one of his athletes as Kearney was, no doubt Texas would have fired him.

Jim Scoggins, Yakima, Wash.

Surgical Solution

Your article on baseball's increase in strikeouts (Generation K) overlooked one important factor: Tommy John surgery. Given the positive effect the procedure has had on pitchers with torn elbow ligaments, I can't help but wonder how many fewer K's there would be if it weren't an option.

Dan Knauer, Warner Robins, Ga.

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FEEDBACK

Whom do you think will win the NBA scoring title, Carmelo Anthony or Kevin Durant?

Jordan Hardwick I'm going with Melo because he is playing more consistently right now. He just had four straight games with 35 points or more.

Daniel Steven Baker Both can shoot the rock, but I've got to go with the reigning scoring champ, Durant. He will take it home.

Joshua James Melo has been heaving way more shots than Durant lately, plus he doesn't have to share the ball with Russell Westbrook. I think he will edge out Durant based on those factors.

Jake Elson Durant. Melo takes too many shots, and Durant is a more efficient shooter. Besides, the Knicks still have the Bulls and the Pacers remaining on the schedule, two excellent defensive teams.

Jim Godec Probably Melo since Durant actually passes the ball every once in a while.

Ward Cullum Whoever plays their final game last and knows how many points he needs. Just like George Gervin and David Thompson, when they battled for the scoring title in 1978. Gervin was the last to play and scored just enough to win it.

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