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May 11, 2015
May 11, 2015

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May 11, 2015

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SUPER SATURDAY
NFL 2015 SPORTS ILLUSTRATED DRAFT REVIEW
STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS
MLB
  • After months of buildup and debate, the Kris Bryant era has finally begun—and Cubs Nation already has much to love about the hitting instructor's son (and former aspiring dentist) with teeth-rattling power

BOOK EXCERPT
  • Ty Cobb ruled the Dead Ball era, slapping singles and stealing bases with cold-eyed calculation. Then came the livelier ball—and a free-swinging slugger who stole the spotlight

MOM Look At Me Now
POINT AFTER
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FOR APRIL 20--27, 2015

This is an article from the May 11, 2015 issue Original Layout

After reading The Prospector by Michael Rosenberg, I find Ryan Grigson's philosophy to be curious—that he won't draft in the first four rounds a player he deems a character risk. No matter when a player is chosen, he can demoralize a team, a city and a fan base. Instead of drafting Aaron Hernandez in the fourth round, would the Patriots take him in the fifth? Would Carolina pick Greg Hardy again in the sixth?

Arch Tilford, Sandy Springs, Ga.

Rex Ryan truly is a fascinating guy and a great defensive coach. However, the story on him completely glossed over and rationalized his extreme and perpetual deficiencies on the other side of the ball.

Bill Toomey, Newark, Del.

Ryan never got enough credit for the job he did in 2014. He gave each of the Jets his very best, even though everyone knew he would be fired after the season. The players reciprocated and played hard for him to the very end. That's the mark of a good coach.

Robert Wytrwal, Voorheesville, N.Y.

My wife and I are likely among the few to have attended both John Wooden's 10th NCAA championship (1975) and Geno Auriemma's 10th (2015). I remain an ardent UCLA basketball fan, but I also love the skill and teamwork of UConn. Coach Wooden said, "Winning takes talent, to repeat takes character." What greater praise can there be for Coach Auriemma's program?

Elcon Levinson, Avon, Conn.

COVER

I could not have been happier at the outcome of the Masters. Finally, in Jordan Spieth, we not only have a new great golfer to follow, but also the gentleman's game has added a fine young gentleman.

Dan Misko

Santa Cruz, Calif.

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POINT AFTER

I really enjoyed Jimmy Rollins's thoughts on wearing number 42 in Dodger blue. But if cost is the reason young African-Americans aren't playing the game, then there wouldn't be so many Dominican, Puerto Rican or Venezuelan players in the game either.

Noah Sferra

Ridgefield, Conn.

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