Letters

April 13, 2003

Tournament Coverage

What an awesome cover--I'm still trying to figure out Where's
Waldo, but I did find Dickie V (March 24). The cover shows that
the Big Dance is not about the four or five powerhouse teams or
the superstar players. Instead it's about all 65 teams, each with
a chance to win the ultimate prize.
Marv Wittig, La Crosse, Wis.

What's wrong with this picture? It's that you couldn't find even
one photograph of a female basketball player for your March
Madness cover, especially considering you did include
cheerleaders and mascots.
Cindy Otte, Valley Center, Kans.

Now 64 teams can scream cover jinx, and one can say it's all a
myth.
Tracy K. Lorenz, Grand Haven, Mich.

Drowning Pool

Note to self: Don't rely on SI's bracket picks for the office
pool in 2004 (Net Results, March 24).
Andrew Knowlton, Sparta, Mich.

Your tournament picks were almost as ugly as Gene Keady's
comb-over ... almost.
David Gerig Littleton, Colo.

There's a men's bracket to fill out, but where is the women's
chart? The women of UConn, Duke, LSU, Tennessee, etc. play
exciting games, and many sports fans do follow them. Please be
fair. This is why we still need Title IX.
Beverly DeFoe, Saint Simons Island, Ga.

Sports in Iraq

Hats off to a well-written article by Don Yaeger (Son of Saddam,
March 24). Uday Hussein represents the very ugly underbelly of
Iraqi athletics. Like the United Nations, the IOC has looked the
other way and is now irrelevant.
J.D. Mackey, Lexington, Ky.

I am concerned about the timing of the publication of Son of
Saddam. The implication that Uday's actions, however atrocious,
in any way help justify a U.S.-led invasion of Iraq is dangerous
and wrong. The failure of the IOC to deal diplomatically with the
problem of Iraq is mirrored by the Bush Administration.
Thomas Van der Kloot, Falmouth, Maine

Bubba's Game

Thanks to Don Van Natta Jr. for his enlightening report on a day
spent golfing with former President Bill Clinton (The Rights of
Bill, March 24). I've heard it said that the best place to reveal
the true character of a man is on a golf course. Sometimes,
however, the golf course merely confirms what is widely known but
perhaps not widely acknowledged. Can our nation have a mulligan
on your presidency, Bill?
Mike Sprouse, Edmonds, Wash.

Now I know why I was such a solid Clinton supporter. He plays my
kind of golf.
Lauron Lindstrom, La Conner, Wash.

I carry an eight handicap, and I, too, have spent many an
afternoon on the golf course taking "Billigans" and picking up
before holing out. It's called practice. Any golfing partner who
provides running commentary and unsolicited advice, plays at a
plodding pace and takes 200 shots to card an 82 would never play
golf with me again.
Michael Geiger Bronx, N.Y.

Clinton's scoring system for golf--lie and cheat--is the same one
he used for politics. In his mind he did not have sex, oops, I
mean six, on that last hole.
James R. Joyce, Monson, Mass.

Clinton's delusion that he could practice for six months and
qualify for the Senior tour--if only he had the time--is a
testament to how little he understands the game he professes to
love.
Jeff Baka, Sioux Falls, S.Dak.

Your foray into politics is most unwelcome. We have not had a
Republican ex-president since Eisenhower who did not get a pardon
or give one to his predecessor or staff, yet you choose to bash
the integrity of the man who gave us eight years of peace and the
greatest economic boom we have ever known. Cheating in golf is
not nearly as bad as cheating in elections. Is that article meant
to help us accept recession and war? So much for the corporate
press being liberal.
R. Beauchamp, Southfield, Mich.

It sounds like the only thing worse than playing golf with
Clinton is being stuck in the group playing behind him.
R. Jeff Brown, Kingwood, Texas

The Ones That Got Away

In your list of NBA players who could have played in this year's
NCAAs (Dearly Departed, March 24), you fail to mention the impact
Mike Dunleavy might have had on the Duke Blue Devils' tournament
chances had he not left for the NBA. Dunleavy was a first-team
All-ACC performer in addition to being the third pick in the NBA
draft.
Nick Proia, Boston

Don't you think UConn might have gone a little deeper in this
year's tournament if their All-America, Caron Butler, had come
back for another year? All Butler has done this season is lead
NBA rookies in scoring and steals.
Michael Ferrante Wethersfield, Conn.

COLOR PHOTO ILLUSTRATION: PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY ED TRUSCIO, TYPOGRAPHY BY MIRKO ILIC (COVER) COLOR PHOTO: MANNY MILLAN Dunleavy COLOR PHOTO: MANNY MILLAN Butler

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