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Dec. 08, 2014
Dec. 08, 2014

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Dec. 8, 2014

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL
NFL SHORTIES
JOSE ALTUVE
  • The NFL isn't the only place where big hits come in small packages. Astros second baseman Jose Altuve is among the majors' shortest players, but with his lightning reflexes and refined mechanics the AL batting champ doesn't produce like it

COLLEGE SPORTS
NBA
  • Anthony Davis's rapid rise from overlooked high school junior to NBA phenom mirrors his teenage growth spurt. The Pelicans' do-it-all big man with lofty goals is off to a historic start this season—and he's only 21

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FOR NOV. 24, 2014

This is an article from the Dec. 8, 2014 issue

It's one thing to say that Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban is the most valuable player on the current roster. But to put him alongside greats like Maurice Richard, Jean Béliveau and Guy Lafleur before he wins his first Stanley Cup is lunacy.

Mike Perricone, Copiague, N.Y.

Elisha Cooper's Three Days in Wisconsin portraits (LEADING OFF) were both wonderful and captivating, like something out of a Civil War sketchbook.

Mike Kalibabky, Chisholm, Minn.

To describe Thomas Lake's article on the 2013 Iron Bowl as poignant and memorable is an understatement. He captured every rivet and seam of the passions and often misguided emotions that fans have for college football.

Chris Hegele, Highlands Ranch, Colo.

While Sandy Koufax did have a great World Series in 1965, Madison Bumgarner's 2014 performance can also be compared with the Tigers' Mickey Lolich, who in the 1968 Series had three complete-game wins with a 1.67 ERA against the Cardinals and was named MVP.

John Milner

Bandera, Texas

COVER

When I opened my mailbox and saw Patriots running back Jonas Gray on your cover I thought, well deserved. But then less than a week later, he is benched because he was late for practice? Prime example of how to go from hero to goat in one week.

Patrick R. Lynch

Nottingham, Md.

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SCORECARD

I liked Jason Collins's farewell and the way he eloquently stated how far we have come in treating each other with respect. Let's hope we continue along this path.

Gary Delcourt

Clinton Township, Mich.

PAGE 68

POINT AFTER

I enjoyed Lee Jenkins's story on UCLA's Etiquette Dinner. But between scooping soup away from oneself and passing salt and pepper from left to right, sugar packets seem out of place and more suitable for the local diner.

Bill O'Donnell

Ellenville, N.Y.

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