Fourteen years ago, as a member of the San Diego State freshman crew, I went to Stanford to race at Redwood Shores, the Cardinal's home course. Although the two boats traded the lead several times, our bow crossed the line first. Once on shore, as we washed and dried our boat, my counterpart from the Stanford boat came over to me, shook my hand and took off his shirt and gave it to me. It was wet with his sweat, and there was some blood on it from where he brought his hand in to his body at the finish of his stroke. Though I won many more shirts over the next four years, there is no shirt that means more to me. In fact, there are few things in the world that I treasure more.
I strongly urge the NCAA to rethink its position on the wonderful tradition of "betting shirts." The NCAA should remember that the letter of the law should never override the spirit of it.
JOSH GRUENBERG, San Diego
I find an interesting parallel between subjects discussed in your SCORECARD and POINT AFTER of June 16. The NCAA outlawing the shirt betting of collegiate oarsmen is the equivalent of the NHL banning the handshake at the end of each Stanley Cup series.
MICHAEL CURI, Goshen, Conn.