You already have your 2010 Sportsman of the Year in Drew Brees. Although a Colts fan, I am a graduate of Purdue, and we could not ask for a better ambassador for the university than Drew. Looking forward to Baylen quarterbacking the Boilers in 2028. Boiler up!
Mike Shearer, Floyds Knobs, Ind.
As an American, my heart was with the Saints on Super Bowl Sunday for all the reasons that had to do with the city of New Orleans recovering (For You, New Orleans, Feb. 15). As an Ohio State Buckeye, I was happy to see a Big Ten quarterback have such success and make such an impact on and off the field. And as a mom, I was thrilled to see your family-friendly cover. Thanks for the reminder that to his baby boy, Drew Brees is still just Daddy—and that's what really matters.
Jen Headlee, Powell, Ohio
Let's pray that the ramifications of the Saints' Super Bowl victory will manifest themselves beyond the sidelines. The coming years will reveal whether this surreal season brought hope and enormous pride to a beleaguered city—or was it just a distraction from the social ills facing it?
Clint Maraggun, Seattle
Watson on Woods
Joe Posnanski opined that Tom Watson's comments about Tiger Woods's on-course behavior were Watson's way of telling Tiger to use his situation as an opportunity to make a fresh start (SCORECARD, Feb. 15). While I don't disagree with this assertion, Watson's timing renders it disingenuous. As Posnanski pointed out, Watson is, and always has been, a "scold," but to make these statements now, while everyone else does the same, just mixes them in with the rest of the noise. I am not a fan of Tiger, and I will be no less interested in golf while he is away, but I have lost a measure of respect for Watson because of his mob-rules timing. He should have had the courage to share his views at the time of one of Tiger's offenses.
Dan Sullivan, Pasadena
I found Watson's perspective on Woods quite curious. The implication that golf was a more professional and more refined sport before Tiger's time is very much at odds with the facts. Golf pre-Tiger was defined by elitism, racism and a deeply disturbing country-club attitude of exclusivity. Contrary to the notions of the revisionists of golf history, the sport is simply more civilized, accessible and popular because of Tiger and his generation of pro golfers.