Two white guys--Adam Morrison and J.J. Redick--as the best college basketball players in America (Jewel of a Duel, March 6)? What's this wacky world coming to? Next thing you know, a black guy will be the best golfer.
Mike Lynch, Bloomington, Minn.
Morrison and Redick each deserves consideration as the player of the year, but what Morrison has been able to achieve defies comparison. Like Adam, my son is a college student and a type 1 diabetic. Just thinking about the personal discipline necessary to get through the day without being affected by the multiple symptoms of this disease is exhausting. Morrison's ability to compete at the top level is nothing short of heroic. To me, and to the many dads like me, there's no contest.
March 27, 2006
Stephen H. O'Connor, Bronxville, N.Y.
I enjoyed the college basketball player polls (The Poll, March 6). The players confirmed my feelings--from watching on TV--regarding which guys were overrated or big trash talkers.
Evan Johnson, Glenview, Ill.
Although I'm probably not the first person to do this--and hope that I'm not the last--I nominate Jason McElwain, the autistic basketball manager from Athena High in Greece, N.Y., who scored 20 points in four minutes (Scorecard, March 6), for SI's Sportsman of the Year.
Michael Nepple, St. Louis
Going to Extremes
For The Best & Worst (March 6) of the 2006 Olympics you may want to add U.S. skier Lindsey Kildow as Best Example of Courage. Two days after a horrendous crash she was back up on the slopes. She didn't make excuses even though her medal chances were reduced. I think she is tough enough to compete in the NFL.
John Larkin, Chicago
What about the Best Feel-Bad Story: U.S. goalie Chanda Gunn's refusal to shake hands with her opponents following America's upset loss to Sweden in women's hockey.
Richard Metzinger, Burke, Va.
I'd like to remind Rick Reilly, who seems to have mixed feelings about speedskater Shani Davis's mother, Cherie, that you don't have to like a person to recognize her as a hero (Life of Reilly, March 6). As a single mother on Chicago's tough South Side, Cherie Davis raised a son who became the first black athlete to win an individual Winter Olympic gold medal. She did it against tremendous odds. Her son has grown into a disciplined athlete, a fine student and a mentor for children. In a society that is paying a high price for rudderless children, Cherie Davis should be lauded.
Elizabeth Edwards, Glen Arbor, Mich.
Reilly's column about Cherie Davis seemed out of character. Anyone with kids in sports knows a mom like Cherie Davis, but they also know--or should know--that you don't slam the kid's mom. You don't slam anyone's mom. Shani Davis is the public persona here. Slam him, if you must, but not his mom. She is not the news, he is.
Rick Slezak, Salem, Ore.
Women of the Year
How can Duke's Monique Currie be seriously considered for national player of the year (INSIDE COLLEGE BASKETBALL, March 6) when she can't even win that title in the ACC? That honor belongs to North Carolina point guard Ivory Latta, who has led her Tar Heels to five straight victories over Currie's Blue Devils.
Tom Hicks, Durham, N.C.
The real NCAA women's player of the year is freshman center Courtney Paris of Oklahoma (Double-Double Trouble, Feb. 6). In the regular season and the Big 12 tournament, she led the nation in rebounds per game (15.1), had 30 double doubles in 33 games and ranked in the NCAA's top 10 in scoring (21.4), field goal percentage (61.1%) and blocked shots per game (3.4). She also set the NCAA freshman rebounding record with her 497 boards. In her first NCAA tournament game against Pepperdine, despite some difficulty dealing with Denver's altitude, she scored 27 points and had 11 rebounds in just 21 minutes. Remember, it's not a crime to name a freshman as player of the year.
John Slaba, Wichita, Kans.
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