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October 17, 2011
Isn't it ironic that the Red Sox spent $161 million building a team around the concept of sabermetrics, yet G.M. Theo Epstein and manager Terry Francona blame Boston's epic collapse not on statistics but on the lack of good old team chemistry? Where is the algorithm for that?
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October 17, 2011


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Put Up Your Dukes

Watching Floyd Mayweather Jr., one of the greatest boxers of our time, sucker-punch his way to a chump victory over yet another less-than-worthy opponent made me even more angry that he won't man up and take on the best pound-for-pound fighter, Manny Pacquiao (SCORECARD, Sept 26). While talented, Mayweather has settled on being one of the biggest blowhards in boxing.

Tyson Wehrmeister

Kenosha, Wis.

The World's Game

I spent two years in Zambia as a health extension volunteer for the Peace Corps, so Alexander Wolff's article on sports around the globe (Sports Saves the World, Sept. 26) definitely struck a chord with me. While abroad I was able to witness firsthand the impact that soccer has had on rural communities, not only as one of the few forms of entertainment available but also as an effective medium for empowering young people. Soccer events are often used as a means to educate individuals about various health issues such as HIV and to provide HIV testing services in small, isolated areas. The impact that soccer has on these villages goes far beyond what I have experienced with sports here in the U.S. In Zambia soccer is not just a game but rather an integral part of the lifestyle.

Drew Woodward, Oakland

As fans we often think of sports as a diversion from everyday life. However, I believe the social skills our children learn on the field can help promote teamwork and good synergy off the field.

Eric M. Amkraut

Berkeley Heights, N.J.

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