Mike Lund, Portland
Blue Line Special
After watching Drew Doughty play three whirlwind seasons of junior hockey in Guelph, Ont., it's been exciting to follow his quick rise in the NHL over the last two seasons (King of the Whirl, March 29). Michael Farber captured Doughty's cool and confidence, but his all-around game (including well-timed seismic hip checks) should also be noted. His size, shape and play remind me of Islanders Hall of Fame defenseman Denis Potvin—though he's clearly going to be the one and only Drew Doughty.
David Jensen, Georgetown, Ont.
Golden Age Memories
Frank Deford's Sometimes the Bear Eats You (March 29) is the best piece of writing I have read in years. With the exhilaration and spontaneity of a gifted storyteller, Deford punctuates his broad historical perspective with delightful recollections of the greats of sports. I didn't want his symphony of words to end.
Jim Daughdrill, Memphis
Thanks for the fun read down memory lane. I live in one of those "respectable parishes," where a street is named for revered sportswriting figure Royal Brougham. He was an editor-columnist for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer who included a daily "pome," as he called it. One I'll never forget was inspired by the Oklahoma football team during Bud Wilkinson's heyday. It went like this: "When Pittsburgh is a pennant winner/Canlis serves a four bit dinner/Elvis dates a cross-eyed dame/Then Oklahoma will lose a game."
Dick Ronish, Seattle
As a sophomore in high school and an aspiring sportswriter, I greatly appreciated Deford's article about his career. If I have stories that are half as amazing as his someday, I will have fulfilled my dreams. I just hope that by the time I graduate from college, sportswriting hasn't completely disappeared.