Rich Cohen's article on The Sports Writers on TV brought back memories of everything that is great about Chicago: No b.s., no malarkey. I used to watch the show back in the '90s and often thought that I would have to go to the emergency room from laughing so hard. Those guys talked about everything with such great fervor, and that's what made it so terrific.
Mark Plotkin, Washington, D.C.
The Sports Writers on TV was the perfect model for straightforward round-table discussions (Da Gold Standard). Very few shows since have been able to replicate it. The show was crude and off-the-cuff, reminding me of my uncles, who always used to argue about the nuances of sports. One point that the article failed to touch on, however, was Ben Bentley's weekly rant about how "we can still bring big-time boxing back to the stadium." Oh, how we all groaned at that prospect!
Rob Kulat, Western Springs, Ill.
I am a die-hard Alabama alum, but even I have to admit that it was quite refreshing to read about the turnaround of Clemson's Sammy Watkins (A Cut Above) and his willingness to better himself after making some poor decisions. His dedication to becoming a better player and person makes you want to cheer for him regardless of which team he is on.
Greg D. Musgrove, Mableton, Ga.
Moment of Pride
Thank you for your article on the national team of Bosnia and Herzegovina (Hail, Bosnia). I was in Sarajevo in June 2007 when the team hosted Turkey. The prospect of a win over Turkey was doubtful, but the Bosniak fans still came out in droves to support the home team, and they were a delight to watch. Thousands filled the streets wearing Bosnia's colors and happily chanting, "I'm a B-B-B-Bosnia and Herzegovinian" over and over. To everyone's surprise, Bosnia played hard and came away with an improbable 3--2 win.
Chuck Gibfried Pebble Beach, Calif.
How can anybody turn down $144 million? What does Max Scherzer (Mad Max) want that $144 million can't buy? If I owned the Tigers, I would trade him. In fact, I'd send him to the Rockies and have him play at Coors Field, where pitchers die a slow death.
Bruce Trigg, Frisco, Colo.
While the pitching mechanics of Scherzer and Justin Verlander may not look alike, they produce similar results. Both starters used their fastballs for 56% of pitches thrown last season, and in situations in which they had a 1-and-1 count, Verlander and Scherzer threw 1,053 and 1,054 strikes, respectively.
James Joyce, Weston, Conn.
I do not know who is crazier, Scherzer for rejecting a guaranteed $144 million or the Tigers for offering it.
Peter Jacob Brooklyn
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Who has been the most disappointing player in the NBA playoffs so far?
Eric Lewis Roy Hibbert (above). His face should be on the side of a milk carton.
Corey Milligan Dwight Howard and then all of the Pacers.
Doc Bill I would say Hibbert, but his wackness was to be expected.
Todd Marshall James Harden and Hibbert.
José Eduardo Droghetti Haddad I think the aliens from Space Jam came down to Earth and stole Hibbert's talent.
TWEET OF THE WEEK
This Mayweather & Bieber relationship feels a little like MJ & Webster. I keep waiting for [Mayweather] to pick [Bieber] up and carry him into the ring.
Jeff Johnson (@Jeffsnation)