You forgot the last number in your "Taking Stock of Number 12" stats: 0 NBA championships.
Jay Cortez, San Francisco
In his May 10 SCORECARD item Greg Kelly referred to college basketball coaches who leave to take a job at another school. In this situation players who transfer to follow their coach must sit out one season. Why? The coach is free to start immediately. Either coaches should be forced to sit out one year or athletes who follow them should be allowed to participate right away too. When an athlete commits to a program, he commits to the whole package, coach included. If coaches are not to be required to keep their commitments, why force athletes to?
Nick English, Raleigh
Walter Bingham's judgment of Fred Couples, Tom Lehman, Greg Norman, Mark O'Meara and Nick Price upset me beyond belief (TEEING OFF, May 24). These players have had tremendous careers and will continue to be exceptional people, even if they are less successful at golf. What shocks me is that Bingham chose to attack some of the nicest members of the Tour. It is contradictory to use the term washed up and the names of these five in the same sentence.
Adam Rothstein, Jacksonville
Why on earth would Bingham pick such a negative subject for his column? Predicting that these five classy players won't win another major is hardly going out on a limb. What does Bingham gain by criticizing this aging and crippled bunch? One must wonder, had Bingham written such an article five years ago, would he have included on his list Ben Crenshaw, who ended an 11-year drought in the majors the following year with a victory at the Masters?
Bruce Lewitas, Chicago
Admiration for Appleby
I was in Australia when Renay Appleby was killed in London last summer. It was the big story in Sydney that week, and ever since I have closely followed the progress of Stuart Appleby (Heaven Sent, May 10). Kudos to you for including in your story a few lines from Willie Wood, a fellow PGAer who lost his first wife to cancer 10 years ago. Maybe Wood's insight will prompt the public and media to quit reminding Appleby of his loss. It's amazing what people do in the face of adversity, and with his win in Houston, I'd say Appleby's doing a great job.
John P. Wise, Cincinnati
He's Sure about This
Alan Shipnuck is completely wrong (TEEING OFF, May 10). Spectators are nonparticipants. No matter how vociferous or numerous they are, they should have no effect on the outcome of an event. The PGA should rely on rules officials and fellow competitors to police a golfer's actions.
Tom Ungrady, Trenton, N.J.
Kudos to Steve Rushin for his story on his golfing follies in Greenland (Winter Rules, May 17). His description of what happened when the dogsled raced in front of an approaching tee shot was the single funniest bit of writing I've read in a magazine.
John Bradford, Chicago
Rushin captured the spirit of the golf enthusiast. The tale was an excellent blend of culture and sport.
Yoav Sharon, Skokie, Ill.
Please don't bore me with a sport like ice golfing in Greenland, which 99% of the population will never participate in.
Steve R. Eckes, Naperville, Ill.
Picking Some Nits
While reading Jackie MacMullan's picks for the NBA's end-of-the-year awards, I grimaced when I saw that she had named Allen Iverson only second-team all-league (INSIDE THE NBA, May 10). Though perhaps not the MVP, Iverson is certainly worthy of first-team honors. He took a perennial lottery team to the playoffs and won the scoring title. He may not have the golden boy image of a Kobe Bryant, but he is the most exciting player in the NBA today.
Ray Tarnowski, Huntingdon Valley, Pa.