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I loved Jack McCallum's story on the NBA Finals (The Best Finals Ever). Still, I would nominate the 1957 Finals matchup between the Celtics and the St. Louis Hawks as perhaps the best ever. Boston was led by rookie Bill Russell, who had been drafted that season by St. Louis but was then traded to the Celtics. It was the first Finals appearance for either team, ending with a 125--123, double-overtime Boston win.
Paul Agathen, Washington, Mo.
Not Even Close
How anyone could say the 1993 Bulls-Suns Finals was the best ever is beyond me. Yes, the series went six games, but the Bulls were never in any jeopardy of losing or being outplayed as long as Michael Jordan was on the court. In my opinion the series doesn't even crack the top five when you consider the Celtics-Lakers Finals in '69, Knicks-Lakers in '70, Celtics-Lakers in '84, Lakers-Pistons in '88 or the 2005 Spurs-Pistons series. Those were battles that went down to the wire.
Stefan Walters, Alexandria, Va.
A for Effort
I take exception to the way in which you described Cubs centerfielder David DeJesus's face-plant (LEADING OFF) as being a new path to futility. DeJesus's dive showed great determination and commitment to the play more than anything else. Sure, the end result was a blooper, but the fact that he was willing to go all out on defense shows that there is still some hustle and desire left in this Cubs team despite its losing record. Futility will be evident when the Cubbies give up and stop playing hard.
Mike Kaczmarz, Springfield, Ill.
Ice Ice Baby
Steve Rushin's feature on the Stanley Cup playoffs (Symphony for a Foghorn) was clever, funny and warm. It described perfectly why hockey is the coolest sport on earth and why it continues to captivate and enthrall its fans.