Readers Write: (March 19): Good sports, bad sports, ailing sports, not sports

  • Updated: March 18, 2014 - 6:24 PM

At state boys’ basketball championship, one student displayed a true joy of the game.

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GOOD SPORTS

Hopkins student manager set standard

Thank you so much to Chip Scoggins for his insightful March 18 column about Grant Petersen’s experience at the boys’ basketball championship game between Hopkins and Lakeville North. I watched and experienced the same elation at the sportsmanship Petersen displayed after his team came in second. That the score changed so late in the game was especially heartbreaking for the seniors who knew that their high school playing days were over.

I never coached high school sports, but in working with 10- and 11-year-old boys who play basketball, the main thing I tried to instill was that it’s fun to win but fundamental to learn how to lose, and to do it with grace and humility, knowing that just being a part of something exceptional is a gift in itself.

Petersen showed us all how to do that. Actually, I think he should have carried the trophy.

Christine Fiedler, Minneapolis

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I was pleasantly surprised to read, in the March 15 Sports section, about Minnesota Twins pitcher Glen Perkins making the first move toward a new contract. I think the Twins were impressed by that and decided to give Perkins his $22 million. What impressed me most was his statement about this being “more money than I’ll ever need.” Wow! I wish other sports figures were like that. That’s showing respect both ways, from Perkins and from the Twins.

Peter Clark, Roseville

 

BAD SPORTS

Mayo should let ‘Lynx’ name speak for itself

I was shocked to see the new Minnesota Lynx uniforms that were unveiled Monday (“Mayo Clinic takes over marquee position,” March 18). I am grateful for the financial support that Mayo has provided for the team; however, these athletes should not be reduced to human billboards. They are the Minnesota Lynx; they have made a name for themselves, have brought championships to the Twin Cities, and through hard work and dedication have created a sense of pride and honor. Their name and logo should be displayed front and center on their jerseys. Let’s give credit where credit is due, while the rest of us, including the Mayo Clinic, play the role of supportive sixth man.

Karen DeWitt, Lino Lakes

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NFL officials prospecting the Twin Cities for a future Super Bowl strongly hinted that Minnesota had better not try to collect tax on team payrolls, game tickets and related items (“Super Bowl someday? NFL panel visits Twin Cities to offer advice on landing the big game,” March 15).

OK, it’s a deal — forget the taxes, as long as we never again have to hear about the NFL “giving back” to the community. That may sound impractical or unconstitutional, but consider that the Minneapolis City Council agreed to turn much of the city into a “clean zone” with free-speech limits during Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game this summer. If Minnesota agrees to hand over Super Bowl tax money, let’s make the whole state a permanent “clean zone” free of NFL sanctimony.

Chris Steller, Minneapolis

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