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December 21, 2015

FOR DEC. 7, 2015

I was astounded by S.L. Price's story about the mental and physical toughness of Jason Witten (It Would Hurt More Not to Play). His persistence and ability to play through injuries is unbelievable. I never knew how powerful an article could be.

Chris Smith, Marion, Iowa

I was a coach with the Lions from 1985 to 2012, and several of the backup quarterbacks you mentioned (What Would Clipboard Jesus* Do?) came through our locker room. One thing the piece shows is how hard they prepare and train to play. But Austin Murphy hit the nail on the head about something even more important: They are all excellent teammates and great men.

Don Clemons, Rochester Hills, Mich.

Here's another suggested rule change (3 on 3 is the Magic Number): In the final two minutes of a basketball game, a team that is fouled (intentionally or not) gets two free throws plus possession of the ball. That would end the intentional-foul follies and speed up play.

Bob Kozak, Landisville, Pa.

Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds (Pitch Perfect) deserves the Heisman Trophy. The fact that he wasn't even among the finalists shows that you can only win the award if you play at a football factory.

Mark Brownell, Castleton, Vt.

COVER

Stephen Curry leads the league in scoring and is the runaway leader for MVP—and maybe Most Improved Player, too. His team has more consecutive wins to begin a season than any in history. And yet SI puts LeBron James on the cover? As a psychologist, I have only one question: What were you thinking?

Jeff Sharp, Oakland

Lee Jenkins wrote, "The King won't be satisfied until he has won what the Warriors took from him," but I found that disrespectful to Golden State. Championships are earned.

David Dube

Raleigh

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SCORECARD

Given that freshman forward Ben Simmons does not possess anything resembling a credible jump shot, he should spend an extra year at LSU developing precisely that. Otherwise, his NBA initiation may be quite painful.

Simon Rosenblum

Toronto

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