THE MAIL

April 22, 2013

I take issue with your assertion that Brittney Griner's transformation of college basketball was more revolutionary than Lew Alcindor's (SCORECARD). While Griner is great, her feats pale in comparison to Alcindor's records and three championships at UCLA. A better comparison would be Wilt Chamberlain, as both he and Griner were among the tallest and most dominant players their games had ever seen.

Darwin E. Bybee, Waco, Texas

Humbled Strokes

I rolled my eyes when I saw Tiger Woods on the cover of your April 8 issue. After the details of his infidelities and personal life were brought to light, I, like many other fans, swore off everything Tiger. However, your article showed me there is hope for humility and redemption with the new and improved Woods. It may be time for me to forgive his past transgressions and maybe get excited about following one of golf's greatest players again.

Tina Duncan, Discovery Bay, Calif.

It was only a matter of time before Tiger was back on top. Everyone has experienced some type of comeuppance in their lives. I commend Tiger for his dedication and hard work to return to the top of his game.

Rob Altherr, Columbus, Ohio

Big League Chew

Stephen Cannella hit the nail on the head with his case for Tim McCarver (SCORECARD). I learned a lot about baseball while listening to McCarver call Mets games back in the 1980s. His commentary caused me to watch baseball differently as I started picking up on the many nuances of the game that he pointed out, including why managers made certain decisions for their clubs. I'll always see him as more of a baseball purist and educator than as an entertainer.

John Whittemore, Marion, N.C.

I am no fan of Tim McCarver the announcer. Still, I consider him to be a baseball legend and a true gentleman. A couple of years ago, the MLB Network aired an interview featuring McCarver and his longtime Cardinals teammate Bob Gibson. I was astonished by the generosity, affection and respect that McCarver showed Gibson. Not once did he attempt to detract from Gibson's accomplishments and make himself the focus of the interview. While it's easy to chide McCarver for his irritating on-air persona, he appears to be a stand-up guy.

Andrew M. Weiss, Playa Del Rey, Calif.

Not Just a Fantasy

I agree with Steve Rushin's opinion on the hypocrisy that surrounds sports gambling (POINT AFTER). Nevertheless, he failed to mention one of the most popular avenues for sports gambling that has swept the country in recent years: fantasy sports. Tens of millions of dollars are wagered every year by fans competing in fantasy leagues in various sports.

Joe Mecca Jr., Monmouth Junction, N.J.

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SOCIAL MEDIA

Do you think Tiger would have won the Masters if he hadn't been given a two-stroke penalty?

Bryan Gorski Yes. That penalty screwed with his mind a little. He was in perfect position to win before that.

Jeff Wilfeard Even without the penalty he probably would have been trailing going into Sunday. He has never won the Masters when trailing going into the final round.

Mike McGill No, because even without the penalty he wasn't putting well. They only started falling when he was eight shots back.

Patrick Duffney It's not about the drop and subsequent penalty. He just wasn't playing well. If he had hit the shot correctly the first time, he wouldn't have had to drop.

Matt Sheehan I don't think the penalty hurt as much as that flagstick shot on 15. The penalty was a factor, but the ball hitting the flagstick and diving into the water made it seem like the golf gods said, "Not this time."

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