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March 17, 2014
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Thanks for showcasing the new king of racing and the face of his sport, Dale Earnhardt Jr. He's on commercials, he's the guy everyone wants to interview, he completely dominated Twitter his first night using it, and most sports fans recognize him, even if they're not NASCAR fans. The 2014 Daytona 500 was the beginning of something special. Number 88 is championship bound.

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Daniel Bellay, Fairmont, W.Va.

Net Picks

Michael Farber appropriately had multiple Canadian hockey players on his all-tournament team (The Best, for Last?), but I believe he was wrong on goaltender Carey Price. Kristers Gudlevskis of Latvia showed fight and determination while minding the goal for his gritty, yet vastly inferior, team. He stopped 55 shots in Latvia's game versus Canada, unheard of against a team that dominated offensively. Gudlevskis put his team on his back in each game, while Price had what was essentially a cakewalk.

Kenny Stables, Utica, N.Y.

The Motown Solution

I read Brian Cazeneuve's item regarding the most likely locations for the next Olympics in the U.S. (SCORECARD). Each of the cities he named has its drawbacks. To me, it seems obvious that Detroit should be the next summer host. Both the nation and Michigan could contribute funds to the construction of the Olympic Village and the stadiums needed; Detroit has all the available land and personnel. This could give the city the ability to emerge from its bankruptcy situation with a rebuilt image.

Joe Linder, Glendale Heights, Ill.

The Show Went On

The introduction to Jeff Pearlman's book excerpt (The Birth of Showtime) credits coach Jerry Tarkanian with revitalizing the UNLV program. But Tarkanian built the program from nothing into a national powerhouse. In hindsight both the Lakers and UNLV won out when Tarkanian turned down the Los Angeles coaching job.

Andrew J. Sultan, Austin

School of Jock

Albert Chen's article on the teaching of fundamentals in spring training (The New Market Inefficiency) addressed running from first to third. I see almost every runner rounding second base looking over his shoulder at the outfield—what do they think the third base coach is for?!

Larry Dutton, Lawrenceville, Ill.

Chen wrote that at Cubs spring training "a handbook, The Cubs Way, [is] distributed to every player." Given the futility of 100-plus years of the Cubs Way, maybe they want to hold off on handing that sucker out?

Richard Looten, Springfield, Mo.

I was thrilled to see Jonathan Toews on one of your covers. I feel athletes of other nationalities often get overlooked by SI, so to see Toews sporting a bright red maple leaf was a pleasant surprise.

Tyler Dyck Chilliwack, British Columbia

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SOCIAL MEDIA

Who should play the Michael Jordan role in Space Jam 2?

DOUG HEADLEY

Durant. He's on another planet anyway.

GRECIA BARBOZA

Dwight Howard or bust. #thosearms.

DAVID J. MCGINNIS

I think LeBron James would be fabulous in a Space Jam movie!

ADAM ARMSTRONG

Kobe, obviously. That's the only person who makes sense.

RANJEETH REDDY

I'm sorry, but you can't make a 2nd Space Jam and have anyone other than MJ.

TWEET OF THE WEEK

Hi Melo, this is Phil Jackson. You might remember me from my book where I totally called Kobe out on every perceived fault, and ... hello?

Russ Bengtson

Complex senior staff writer

(@russbengtson)

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