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June 15, 2015

FOR JUNE 1, 2015

As long as 70% of Los Angeles--area households are unable to see Dodgers games on TV because of the dispute between Time Warner Cable and competing networks, Angels centerfielder Mike Trout will not have to share the stage with Dodgers centerfielder Joc Pederson in Southern California. You can't root for what you can't see.

Denny Fuerst Santa Clarita, Calif.

Thank you, Tom Verducci, for your article on Mookie Betts. In a sport in which diversity is sometimes lacking, Betts has proved that he is both a rising star and an inspiration for many young ballplayers.

Ben Thomas, Brookline, Mass.

Michael McKnight's article on dunking was both entertaining and informative. He showed that hard work in the gym can pay off. I am 44 years old and 6'1". I too have begun to train (minus the weighted vest) in hopes of slamming one last time.

Keith Carey, Muncie, Ind.

Thanks for sharing McKnight's journey about learning how to dunk. I am 6 feet and nearly 43 years old. After my boys had me jumping on their new trampoline for a few weeks, I started to wonder if I should train to dunk. McKnight's story proved that I really have no interest in doing what it takes to learn.

Chris Lemming, Indianapolis

COVER

With the cover headline, "My Town, My Team," I think it would have been more appropriate to feature LeBron's monster leap toward the basket at a home game in Cleveland, rather than one of him jamming in Atlanta.

Steve Marsh Cleveland

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POINT AFTER

Peyton Manning's tribute to David Letterman represents the very best in the marriage between pro sports and entertainment. In businesses so often driven by dollars and ratings, Manning's focus is on the genuine connection between the two men.

Lee Van Donselaar Muncie, Ind.

This lifelong Jets fan has admired Manning's character, selflessness and off-the-field persona since his rookie season in 1998. His ode to Letterman was the typical self-deprecating and respectful Manning we all know and love.

Roy Berger Mountain Brook, Ala.

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PHOTODONALD MIRALLE FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (PEDERSON) PHOTODONALD MIRALLE FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (MCKNIGHT) PHOTOGREG NELSON FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (COVER) PHOTODAVID ZALUBOWSKI/AP (MANNING) PHOTOTOM DIPACE (BETTS)

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