The next time I'm whining about my problems, I hope to remember the inspirational perspectives of Johnathan Taylor and Chance Veazey (Why Ask Why?). These two young men face the possibility of living the rest of their lives in wheelchairs, yet they do so with courage, dignity and humor. I plan to hang their pictures near my bed so I can be reminded of their stories and attempt to live my life with at least half of their class and optimism.
John Walsh, Mercer Island, Wash.
Thank you for your profile on Matt Barkley (Trophy Life). In a day when Christian athletes who are open about their faith are often derided and mocked, your article highlighted the fact that most carry themselves with class and dignity and are a great asset to their schools and legions of fans.
Clark Chilton, Clemmons, N.C.
I was very pleased to learn that Barkley is familiar with the life story of distance runner Louie Zamperini. Aside from being a former Olympian, Zamperini's life story is quite fascinating: Surviving a B-24 plane crash in the middle of the Pacific Ocean in 1943 and floating for weeks in life rafts while fighting off sharks only to be captured by the Japanese and forced into a POW camp makes for a riveting tale of survival.
John Albin, Omaha
Gimme Some More
I normally enjoy your various preview issues; there seemed to be, however, some shocking omissions from this year's college football preview. Gone were the schedules for the Top 25 teams, the bowl predictions and the conference breakdowns. And what happened to the skinnies on the other 95 schools competing in the FBS or the Division II and III reports? Die-hard college football fans appreciate a full overview of the upcoming season, not just of the Top 25 teams.
Michael Deusinger, Stroudsburg, Pa.