To me, Muhammad Ali will always be the Champ because his boxing talent and fighting prowess were undeniable. The courage he exuded, which always allowed him to be himself, and his unwavering insistence on living by his beliefs, no matter the cost, make him one of a kind.
David Loughlean, Cambridge, Ont.
I take issue with Richard O'Brien's article about Ali (Happy Birthday, Champ, Jan. 23), in which he labels Ali as "perhaps the one universally beloved figure in the U.S. today." There are still many Vietnam vets who find Ali's refusal to serve during the war unpatriotic. His explanation, "I ain't got no quarrel with those Vietcong," described the sentiments of many of us who were drafted but who still served.
John Glen, Elsah, Ill.
She Donne Good
Your article on Elena Delle Donne (Driving for Home, Jan. 23) brought tears to my eyes. It's rare to find someone who, like Delle Donne, is so sought after for her athletic talent but still has her priorities in check. While I hope she can lead the Blue Hens deep into the postseason, she is already a champion in the eyes of many.
John Carson, Export, Pa.
Phil Taylor's column about the hype surrounding Tim Tebow (POINT AFTER, Jan. 23) should have pointed out that Tebow was not responsible for any of it. He didn't start the Messiah and Jesus references associated with him. He's not to blame for the countless hours of debate about his performance at quarterback. It's the media that created this frenzy and made this season all about Tebow.
Bill Galli, Grants Pass, Ore.