Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck shows that life is about more than fame and money. The NFL, given its current lockout over the almighty dollar, could use more role models like Luck, guys who are not only athletically gifted but also have impeccable character.
Todd Rosvold, Pulaski, Wis.
Your article on Luck (Man with a Plan, June 13) was so refreshing that I passed it on to my grandsons. I have read many stories on athletes in SI, but none was as great as this one on Luck, who seems to be the man with a plan for all the right reasons.
Hank Coviello, Temecula, Calif.
It is obvious that Luck hasn't let money dominate his life, unlike so many of his peers. I only hope that he will be able to continue on the same path and not succumb to the pressures that NFL fame can bring.
Dominic Marucci, Philadelphia
Making the Cut
I really enjoyed Albert Chen's article on the cutter (This Is the Game Changer, June 13). I found it fitting that it began on page 42, since there is only one big leaguer who still wears that number, Mariano Rivera, and he is definitely the master of that pitch.
Aaron Shapiro, Brooklyn
The graphs used to depict the effectiveness of the cutter looked a lot like the radar images of severe thunderstorms used in daily weather reports. In fact, I'm almost certain I recognized the classic hook echo that is indicative of tornadoes. Maybe the net effect is the same for overmatched hitters.