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I want to thank Ben Reiter for his cautionary article regarding Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (SCORECARD, May 16). While the effects of concussions and injuries to the brain are becoming better known, we must still be careful not to automatically blame CTE for depression and other mental disorders in athletes. Someone like Dave Duerson—the former NFL safety who recently took his life at age 50—could have felt a sense of despair for reasons that have nothing to do with CTE. I know people want to find a quick fix for suicidal tendencies in athletes, but more research needs to be done to determine if there is any link between severe depression and CTE.
Matt Spiegel, Chicago
I enjoyed Kostya Kennedy's article on Joe DiMaggio's hitting streak (SCORECARD, May 16); however, I think one of Kennedy's statistics could use some added context. While it is true that more than 30% of 30-plus-game hitting streaks unfolded in the last 25 years, it is also true that since 1961, MLB has expanded from 16 teams to 30, and since 1962 there have been 162 games in each team's season rather than 154. More games and more teams increase the chances of long hitting streaks.
Franklin deBeers Waupaca, Wis.
I trust Joe Posnanski was simply using hyperbole in his tribute to Seve Ballesteros (POINT AFTER, May 16) when he wrote, "[Tiger] Woods has never romanced tournaments, he's strangled them with pars on Sunday." Surely we are not that far removed from the 1997 Masters when Woods's final-round 69 made him the youngest Masters champion ever. Or from the 67 he shot in the final round of the 2000 U.S. Open to win by 15 strokes. Tiger may have committed many sins on and off the course, but boring us with pars is not one of them.
Scott Phillips, Milton, Ont.