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Dec. 29, 2014
Dec. 29, 2014

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Dec. 29, 2014

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF PREVIEW
NFL
HOCKEY
  • BU center Jack Eichel has the speed, skills and temperament to become a top draft pick and change an NHL franchise for years to come. But first the 18-year-old would like to finish his freshman year of college

SOCCER
  • F√∫tbol fever reached an alltime high in the U.S. during the World Cup this summer. So, where to from here? The answer will depend a lot on three newbies

SPORTS SCIENCE
The Lives They Led
PRO FOOTBALL
POINT AFTER
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FOR DEC. 15, 2014

This is an article from the Dec. 29, 2014 issue

I smiled when I saw that you selected Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews as your NHL player of the year. His athletic skills and dedication to making both himself and his teammates better made this the obvious choice.

Drew York, Vancouver, Wash.

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I was not surprised that Madison Bumgarner was named Sportsman of the Year. However, I was shocked to see that in a magazine with 160 pages, many of which highlighted the pictures of the year, moments of the year and ordinary heroes of the year, there was not a single mention of Mount St. Joseph freshman forward Lauren Hill and her battle with inoperable brain cancer. Clearly she is the most courageous athlete of the year.

Richard Pacelle, Knoxville, Tenn.

What a pathetic picture of the U.S. Ryder Cup team (LEADING OFF). While I'm sure they were disappointed because they didn't win, they could have at least shown a little class by smiling in the photo as they represented their country.

Brian D. Cochrane, Brantford, Ont.

COVER

Thank you for the great article and Sportsman of the Year selection for our Giants hero, Madison Bumgarner. As your cover clearly shows, he is OUT STANDING in his field!

Lynn Recknagel

Fairfield, Calif.

PAGE 84

Greg Bishop's excellent piece on Tom Brady laid out in detail the type of attitude and commitment it takes to not only have a great year but also a great career. Would it be possible for you to send a copy to Johnny Manziel?

Bruce Cuthbertson

Dublin, Ohio

PAGE 144

The 2014 game of the year was easily the Royals vs. the A's in the American League wild card. Not only was it Kansas City's first playoff game in almost 30 years, but it was also the start of the Royals' unbelievable run to the World Series.

Chris Woodruff

Nashville

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