Sport

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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Dear fellow supporters of Women's Chess! Since being appointed Co-Chair of the FIDE Commission for Women's Chess at the recent FIDE Presidential Board in Istanbul, I have studied in detail the current situation of women's chess around the world. While there has undoubtedly been great progress in women's chess in the past few years, evidenced by the larger number of women participating in chess tournaments, as well as the general increase of women's ratings, I believe there is much we can do to improve the situation further. We have to work on all levels, so that chess is perceived as a game equally suited to girls as to boys, beneficial to their development, in school and later on in life. This will lead to more girls starting to play chess, becoming members of their national chess...
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Dear Jason Collins: Let me preface this by saying you have no obligation to listen to me. We both know that. I am a lowly editor of a local sports site that happens to cover the team that helped you make history a few months ago. You are a professional athlete, a sports icon, and perhaps most importantly, an adult with agency. Your pursuits are your decision. You’ve taken time this summer to roam the speaking circuit, using your voice at the Inforum Convention, holding a public forum with out ESPN editor Kevin Arnovitz, and attending various other events around the country, after becoming the first openly gay male athlete in one of the four major professional US sports. It also appears that, at 35 years old, you’re legitimately torn about whether you’d like to keep playing next...
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Mr. Ross, I wanted to take the time to write you about my favorite team for the past 34 years (as I am 34 years old). I wanted to thank you for spending any amount of money you feel needed to give us a chance to be competitive. I like how you have given our GM and Head Coach the green light to spend whatever is needed to make our team competitive. I also understand you have brought in several great advisers to our team (I love the move to get Dan Marino back in the fold). Watching the game yesterday, I saw a team that was prepared to play. Squeezed every drop of potential from their players and would have done anything to win for their coach. Unfortunately, it was the Jets. On our side I saw guys either quit or get pulled because they quit playing hard. I saw a locker room in a mess...
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Dear AFL world, We play a full-body contact sport, and wear basically no protective equipment at all. We train to run as fast as we can for as long as we can. We have to jump and land, twist and turn, run backwards into oncoming traffic. We as players know the risks, we as players accept the risks. We as players accept that accidents happen. If there were any great concerns about the mentioned situations, then players would voice them. From time to time, we do. In light of the Viney incident and the injury report the AFL released this week, there is no need for hysteria. The game does not need to be changed to try to prevent injury or collision. Yours sincerely, Drew Petrie
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Dear Bronco, I don’t claim to speak for all former BYU players. But I do know how many of the alumni feel. The last three weeks have been an embarrassment for the program. Many fans and BYU administrators are beyond upset to the point that it has compelled me to speak up. You don’t have to listen to me or agree with me. But guess what? I’ve earned the right to speak. It’s my damn program too. I’ve bled on that field at LaVell Edwards Stadium. I’ve spent countless hours on the practice fields sweating, puking, training and working my ass off to make this program successful. I gave BYU Football my heart and soul for over four years of my life. I’ve sacrificed many tears and many brain cells for the cause. Our cause. In my own small way, I helped build those beautiful facilities and...
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Dear Charles, Let me say first that you are among the basketball greats. I remember rooting for you in the ’93 Championship Series against the Bulls along with one of my hometown heroes Richard Dumas. You have achieved a level of success on the court that will be cemented in the basketball history books permanently. Eleven NBA All-Star Game appearances, twice All-Star MVP, once voted NBA MVP, one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History. Dream Team, two-time inductee into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. You are basketball royalty. Your book Who’s Afraid of a Large Black Man? is sitting on my bookshelf right now. It’s a powerful book that takes on the issue of race and racism in a way that many would’ve shied away from. “Racism,” you said, “is the biggest cancer of...
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Commissioner Goodell: I love the National Football League. Some of my greatest childhood memories include spending Sunday afternoons with my father watching football. I will always be a fan of the NFL. The NFL has been in the forefront of the domestic violence, sexual assault conversation for the last five months. The purpose of this letter is to suggest two additional changes the NFL could make to show their ever-growing commitment to raising awareness for domestic violence prevention. Dec. 5, the league announced steps that would be taken to help make an impact in the league and in the community, including: In the NFL Education and Individual Support Supporting Leading Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Groups Forming Critical Response...
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Dear Customer Service; I don't WANT to abuse your employees and be rewarded for gaming the system. As a customer and as a member of the public, I like being treated with courtesy and respect, and it is nice if customer service employees can be gracious to me whether I am right or wrong. And if "The customer is always right!" is about being gracious and representing the company well whether the customer is right or wrong, then I'm all for that version of, "The customer is always right!" However, if you say "The customer is always right!" as a policy that invites customers to be deliberately abusive, and treat your employees as punching bags because they know you will treat them better than customers who act like mature adults, I will take my business to places like Starbuck's (for...
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