You finally do a feature on UConn basketball, and you focus on
the fact that the men's and the women's coaches don't go bowling
--PAUL KNOPICK, Laguna Hills, Conn.
Within two weeks of your articles on them in your March 8 issue,
Dennis Rodman took a leave of absence from the Lakers, and Albert
Belle made the Orioles' locker room look like a South Florida
trailer park after Hurricane Andrew blew through. Belle will
always be a nuisance, and Dennis is still a menace.
CHRIS JONES, Alexandria, Va.
I loved your recent April Fools' cover. You know, the one that
said Rodman "brings discipline, maturity and stability to the
Lakers." Then there was the article on Albert Belle and his new
and improved attitude. You guys crack me up. Uh, that was the
April Fools' edition, wasn't it?
BILL HELWIG, Summerville, S.C.
April 11, 1999
I was amused by your Merger Mania piece in the March 8
SCORECARD. I thought of pairing several more teams that would
make interesting combinations: CardSharks (St. Louis Cardinals
and San Jose Sharks), RockStars (Colorado Rockies and Dallas
Stars) and the BackPackers (Arizona Diamondbacks and Green Bay
STEVE BOWER, Clovis, Calif.
As an alumnus of Connecticut, I enjoyed your article about the
Huskies' men's basketball coach, Jim Calhoun, and their women's
basketball coach, Geno Auriemma (Dynamic Tension, March 8). Both
have put UConn basketball on the map, and in a perfect world
they would be friends. But as your article pointed out, in many
high-profile programs that have two teams sharing the same court
and competing for fan support and publicity, the men's coach and
the women's coach do not get along.
ROBERT LIEB, Grayson, Ga.
Instead of rehashing old reports of a possible rivalry between
Auriemma and Calhoun, why not focus on the great job the
University of Connecticut has done helping the men's and the
women's teams to flourish?
MICHELLE BRAND, Hamden, Conn.
How can you put together a list of Division I colleges whose men
and women have won national titles in the same sport during the
same school year and leave out perhaps the most dominant combo?
Harvard won national championships in men's and women's squash
in 1987, '88, '92, '93, '94, '95, '96 and '97.
JACOB BERLIN and JAMES CHA, Cambridge, Mass.
UPSET CITY, BABY
Not to include Richmond on your list of the 10 greatest NCAA
basketball tournament upsets is ludicrous (Anatomy of an Upset,
March 15). The Spiders' defeat of the Orangemen of Syracuse in
1991 was the first time a No. 15 seed beat a No. 2.
JEFF DAVENHALL, Richmond
In 1978 Miami of Ohio was paired against defending national
champion Marquette in the opening round. The Warriors were
comfortably ahead most of the game. Then the Redskins went on a
run and tied the game. A disallowed last-second basket by the
Warriors sent the game to overtime. Miami then won in OT.
MIKE GRODHAUS, Dublin, Ohio
Your choice of Jason Terry for player of the year in college
basketball is as baffling as a Sherlock Holmes mystery (INSIDE
COLLEGE BASKETBALL, March 8). Your reason for selecting Terry is
that "no other player in the country is as crucial to his team's
success." If that is your primary clue, you are sloppy
detectives, because without Wally Szczerbiak, Miami (Ohio) would
have fared worse than Arizona. The Redhawks were good, but they
wouldn't have made the Sweet 16 without him.
JAY KIMIECIK, Oxford, Ohio
You should have picked Scoonie Penn of Ohio State. Last season
the Buckeyes lost 22 games without Penn, and this year he led
them to 22 regular-season victories, a second-place conference
finish and the team's first appearance in the Final Four since
SYD LIFSHIN, Grandview Heights, Ohio
SURF'S UP, DUDE
Maybe it's time that money-hungry NBA players listen to an
unselfish pro athlete like surfer Darryl Virostko (Rolling
Thunder, March 1). What a great comment: "Money's nothing. You
gotta enjoy life. I'll spend the whole 15 grand on my friends."
ERIK ENSTAD, Chicago