College basketball has one shining moment. The NBA has one whining moment after another.
—JOE WABICK, Winnipeg
Let Us Count the Ways
How is it possible that you could only think of 50 reasons (The 50 Reasons Why College Basketball Is Better Than Pro Basketball, Nov. 23)? This piece must have been written during your writer's coffee break. Next time, spend a half hour on this project, and you'll come up with 500 reasons.
TIMOTHY JEBSEN, Midland, Texas
Here's another reason: four days in March; 48 games; from 64 teams to the Sweet 16.
MARK OZBURN, Westwood, N.J.
College basketball is all about the name on the front of the jersey. Pro basketball is all about the name on the back.
JASON CHEHOSKI, Columbia, S.C.
I disagree with reason number 41. Everyone knows that Dick Vitale is loud and obnoxious, but name one person who has ever gotten as excited about the NBA as Vitale does about the college game.
Shawn Evers, Ogallala, Neb.
I came up with some reasons why pro basketball is so much better man college: no illegal recruiting, no fake classes, no alumni violations.
CRAIG STALZER, Hicksville, N.Y.
The reality is that NCAA basketball is corrupt, while NBA basketball is merely arrogant and hypocritical. That's a big difference.
NOAH LIBERMAN, Chicago
Steve Rushin is just the latest cranky voice participating in the new American pastime: expressing indignation and resentment toward overpaid, underprincipled pro athletes. The corrective measures are simple. Don't go to the games. Don't watch them on television. Don't buy the hideous shoes. In short, force the pros to fold their tents. Imagine if the glorious last game played as a senior was the last game, period, and the next step for everyone was becoming useful to the daily workings of the country.
JOHN BRINKERHOFF, Ostrander, Ohio
When Rushin said that there had been nothing in recent memory in the NBA to match Villanova, a No. 8 seed, winning the 1985 NCAA tournament, he was forgetting the 1994-95 Houston Rockets, who won the NBA championship despite being the sixth seed in the Western Conference.
LEE DAVIS, Dallas
College has the ACC. The NBA has the Atlantic Division. Enough said.
JEMES KITCES, Austin