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January 10, 2011
Erica Blasberg's sad tale is emblematic of the tragic stories of many athletes. While most don't commit suicide, after years of unhealthy behavior many seem to die younger than the average person.
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January 10, 2011


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Chuck Wilson, Winnipeg

I recently read an article about how well-adjusted one of Favre's contemporaries, Drew Bledsoe, is in retirement—taking his kids to school, skiing a few runs with his buddies and running a successful winery. How sad it is to compare that to Favre's inability to walk away with his health and dignity intact.

Mark Soucy, Lunenburg, Mass.

Friend or Foe?

Seeing all the friendliness between opponents (POINT AFTER, Dec. 13) really lessens the authenticity of competition. The warmth the Cavaliers showed toward LeBron James when he returned to Cleveland might have been just what he needed to settle down, feel comfortable and become a better player for the Heat. I guess it's all a by-product of free agency. Players change teams so frequently that they become more familiar with one another.

John Parke, Eureka, Mo.

What kind of an example do we expect professional athletes to display to our children? There's nothing wrong with acting like a gentleman in every instance in life. Players who fist-bump and shake hands are being respectful and honorable, exhibiting admirable traits our children would do well to learn.

Amy Hunt, Clinton, N.Y.

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