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Matt Jaffe, Norwich, Conn.
As a 10-year-old I listened to Al Michaels call Hawaii Islanders Triple A baseball games. It was a magical year because my father and I had season tickets along the third base line. During the team's road trips Michaels brought each play to the radio by my bed and kept the magic alive. Forty years later my father lives with me, and we watch Michaels call the Sunday-night NFL games—still in his singular voice. Thanks, Al, for contributing to one of the best parts of my life: bonding with my father.
We often don't celebrate our great announcers until they have died or retired, so it was nice to see these men get the accolades they deserve while we are still enjoying their work.
Jeff Appelgate, Prosser, Wash.
As a Canadian and a sports fan, I enjoyed Selena Roberts's take on Canada and the 2010 Olympics (POINT AFTER, Feb. 22). The Own the Podium scheme was a bit embarrassing. (Winning the most medals—who are they kidding?) But finally winning a gold at home was sweet, and breaking the record for most gold medals at the Winter Games felt pretty good. So maybe we still are Whoville, but we might kick your ass at the Olympics!
Leslie Treseder, Edmonton
Own the Podium is about being proud of our achievements as Canadians and doing our best, not about beating others. To borrow from the Special Olympics: Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt. Canada is proud of all of its athletes.