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Dear esteemed committee members, We know you have some big decisions coming up, and we wanted to offer you some guidance (pick us please) in your selections for hosts of future Final Four tournaments. Phoenix (a really great place, by the way) submitted a bid in May to host the prestigious competition in 2017, 2019 or 2020. Although our competitors are all viable contenders (meh), we believe that Phoenix (again, really nice) can provide one of the most successful Final Fours in years. Now that we’ve respectfully laid out our opinion (pretty please just pick us), let’s get to the meat of the argument. 1) Basketball is alive and thriving in the Phoenix area, even beyond ASU basketball. The Phoenix Suns were one of the most exciting teams of the 2014 NBA season and are on the fast...
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Dear Mauricio, May I call you Mauricio? Calling you by your first name seems a little weird because I have spent years referring to you by your last name and your nickname, pretty much exclusively. Calling you by your first name seems a little too personal, doesn't it? But what I have to tell you today is quite personal, and so I suppose it is only fitting. Let's go with Mauricio. You don't know me. I mean, we've seen each other many times over the years. I have interviewed you through various translators more times than I can count. I remember sitting down with you once, in Los Angeles, for a pre-fight interview. You were getting ready to challenge Lyoto Machida for the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship. I sat there in UFC's makeshift media center and asked you questions. And...
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Dear Fawn, I am writing to you to discuss some of the events of our first personal training session together last Tuesday. On a professional level I enjoyed our session very much. You hum and rattle with unusual energy and promise, like a bottle of ephedra, and you seem to know your way around the gym. I appreciate in particular your opening my eyes to the concept of “portion control” in my eating habits. On a personal level, however, I have some concerns. Do you remember when I was doing the squats and I started to teeter to one side and you grabbed my arm and leaned me the other way, or when you had your hand on my back and said “what is this?” and I said “what is what?” and then you said “oh, it’s back fat”? In both cases you put your hands on me as if to let me know: Ted, I love...
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Dear Fastest Sir, I am writing to you on this fine day not just out of admiration for your athletic prowess, as so many others no doubt already have, but also to express my solidarity with your cause. I know that great men of your ilk are often beleaguered by isolation; your life has transcended the paltry understanding of the masses, and you must feel very alone. But I reach out to you today to inform you that your greatness is not lost on me. To begin, let me go on record as saying that you are, undoubtedly, the fastest jogger at the park. You burst out of the wooded thicket and into my sight like a firework of sweat and sleevelessness amidst Sunday’s leisurely banality. Kicking up a trail of dirt and pebbles, you weaved and dodged through the crowded walking path like Hermes...
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Dear Mr. Charles Barkley: I write you out of love. I write you out of profound pain. I write you out of deep concern. I hope you accept this letter in the spirit that I write. Mr. Barkley, I understand that you said, in so many words, that slavery was not so bad and that you were tired of people bringing up slavery. I was shocked by both statements. Then I was mad. Then I was terribly disappointed. Finally, I was just in deep hurt and great pain. Now, I am trying to help you and all those who may think like you. Mr. Barkley, allow me to tell you why slavery was “not so bad,” but very, very bad. First, African people were snatched from their families, their villages, their communities, their tribes, their continent, their freedom. African people were made to walk hundreds of miles...
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Dear Fans Coming off a season in which we saw Kevin Harvick claim the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series crown after a thrilling debut for the new Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup format, Chase Elliott burst on to the scene with a championship of his own and Matt Crafton repeat as champion in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, it's easy to see why many say 2014 was one of the all-time best for NASCAR. However, I think the best is still to come. As we embark on 2015, we are excited to start a new 10-year agreement with our great partners at FOX Sports and to welcome NBC Sports back to NASCAR. With FOX and NBC we have two world-class media companies committed to bringing NASCAR excitement to our great fans in bigger and better ways. We could not be more thrilled to welcome Comcast's...
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Dear Michel, I refuse to talk down to you, because I know that you understand what it means to hold that torch. You looked a little awkward when the camera lingered on you while you had it, but we know that you know the importance of holding it high, and what this team means to the city, the province, and the people around the world who cheer for it. Last year when 24CH premiered, the camera followed you on your route to the Montreal Canadiens' practice facility in Brossard, and you talked about how special you knew it was to get a second chance here, that you knew it wasn't something that happened often, and that it was your dream job. You also know what it looks like when things fall apart, like they did for you with Montreal before, and like they did in Pittsburgh. Well Michel...
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Dear Dez, I'm sure you've never heard of me. I'm a former sports agent who has some experience with NFL contracts. I took either a lead or secondary role in contract negotiations for several wide receivers, including Drew Bennett, Troy Brown, Curtis Conway, Michael Jackson, Shawn Jefferson, Keenan McCardell and Jimmy Smith. A couple of those negotiations were acrimonious and resulted in lengthy player holdouts. Your performance has justified a contract near the top of the wide receiver market, which Calvin Johnson sets with the seven-year, $113.45 million extension he received from the Detroit Lions in 2012. $53.25 million of Johnson's extension was fully guaranteed at signing if the $4.5 million roster bonus from his rookie contract, which was payable on the same day the new deal...
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Dear future stars, You don’t know me, but I’m Helen Wyman. I’ve been a professional cyclocross racer for 9 years now and at the weekend I had the pleasure of racing in front of many of you at the World Cup race in Milton Keynes. I’m sure you’ve heard stories of Olympic events and seen superstars zooming around the velodrome on TV. Well I want to tell you there’s another amazing, exciting and exhilarating sport that can be your future. I left the UK many many years ago in a Peugeot 205. It cost £100, was a kind of faded red colour, and was donated to me by my local bike shop as I set off to start my big bike adventure. I drove to Belgium and there it began. I was hooked on the sport from the very beginning. The crowds, the atmosphere, the spectacular courses; I...
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Dear Parents of Fencers, You have made a wonderful choice in financially supporting your child/children in learning the Olympic sport of fencing. Fencing is a sport that teaches unparalleled discipline, personal accountability, how to overcome adversity, and is a sport that (mostly) attracts an assortment of wonderful characters. I began fencing when I was 9 years old, and it has largely defined who I am today. Participants in the sport would likely identify fencing as a “niche sport.” It will never reach the glamor and popularity of say, the NFL, the NHL, or the MLB, but the fencing community is rip-roariously passionate about the sport and most fencers love it with all their being. Throughout my years of fencing/coaching, I have seen many friends come and go. Some get jobs that...
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