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May 05, 2014
May 05, 2014

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May 5, 2014

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  • The playoff beard is a cute badge of honor, its thickness a measure of how deep a team goes into the postseason. Those two dozen stitches in the mug, that four-tooth gap, that broken leg you finish out your shift with? Those are the badges of courage by which the NHL measures itself come spring

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I cried while reading S.L. Price's poignant article on the Boston Marathon one year later. I have run it and many other marathons on numerous occasions, and I have never seen an author capture the type of camaraderie, emotions and spirituality that goes on in an event of this magnitude quite the way Price did. Well done.

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Donald Kaiserman, West Covina, Calif.

Get with the Times

I was pleased to see your update on marathon runner Bill Iffrig (SCORECARD), who appeared on your 2013 Boston cover after the bombings. However, I had to laugh at the line: "A stewardess handed him the issue." I don't think flight attendants have been referred to as stewardesses for at least 20 years.

Rebecca Cole-Will Ellsworth, Maine

Cub Master

I enjoyed the article about Wrigley Field's 100th birthday (SCORECARD), but you omitted an important name from its past: Jack Brickhouse. While you made note of the legendary Harry Caray, it was Brickhouse who was the voice of my Cubbie youth. He was the Cubs' broadcast announcer for 33 years and was inducted into both the American Sportscasters Association Hall of Fame and the Radio Hall of Fame. I can still hear his animated "Hey-hey!" home run call for the Cubs.

Michael Ciucci, Woodridge, Ill.

The picture in your blurb on Wrigley does not include a shot of the grandstand's second deck. What it shows is the rooftop bleachers on top of the buildings across from Sheffield Ave.

Robert Roberson, Richview, Ill.

Frozen Out

As much as I enjoyed the picture of the Union College hockey team cutting the net to celebrate the 2014 NCAA championship (LEADING OFF), I was dismayed by the accompanying caption, which read, "Traditional powerhouses Boston College and Minnesota made up half of this year's Frozen Four." That statement overlooks the fourth team in the mix, North Dakota, whose seven NCAA titles are more than those of either BC or Minnesota, who each have five.

Erik Siemers, Portland

Pro Conn

I'm sorry, but a quick interview with Geno Auriemma (SCORECARD) regarding UConn mementos and momentum does not satisfy your pledge to include in your next issue "all of the women's NCAA tournament coverage you would love to have" but couldn't print because of deadlines. Where is the feature story about the women's ninth national title? Sure, we love our Huskies men's team, but we love our UConn women just as much.

C Hayden, Fairfield, Conn.

I can't think of anything better for the stuffy Masters tournament than an everyday guy like Bubba Watson livening things up and winning it in what his caddie, Ted Scott, calls a "freak show."

John Michael Casteel, Traverse City, Mich.

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