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• Great coaches are like great musical conductors: They have to set the tempo, unify their performers and bring the best out of each section of the orchestra for a brilliant performance. Pat Summitt and Mike Krzyzewski continue to do all of this on the court, year after year, with every member of their ensemble.
Evan Dale Santos, Adelanto, Calif.
The moment I pulled your recent issue featuring Coach Krzyzewski and Coach Summitt (Sportsman of the Year, Sportswoman of the Year, Dec. 12) out of my mailbox, my eyes filled with tears. Some may think that you chose Summitt because of her illness and Coach K because he recently broke the career-wins record. However, in a year in which college athletics has been severely harmed by painful scandals, I don't think you could have selected two individuals whose discipline, passion, skill, sacrifice and class personify the idea of a sportsman more.
Holley Bennett Faulkner
With all due respect to Krzyzewski and Summitt, I thought the Sportsman of the Year was Novak Djokovic. He lost only two tennis matches all year before winning the U.S. Open, his third Grand Slam title in 2011, and finished the season with a 70--6 record. That kind of consistency and stellar play is commendable at the highest level.
Charles J. Kovalchick
Stomp 'n' Go
When I watched Ndamukong Suh stomp the Packers' Evan Dietrich-Smith (INSIDE THE NFL, Dec. 12), I flashed backed to sitting in Cleveland Municipal Stadium in the mid-1970s and watching the Steelers' Mean Joe Greene do the exact same thing in a game against the Browns. There was no penalty on the play, let alone an ejection or suspension. Guys who played like Greene got away with it because this was what we knew as smashmouth football. My, how things have changed.