The Army-Navy game is one of the last pure contests left in sports. There's one problem. It was played in a place called PSINet Stadium.
—MICHAEL HAMMONS, Albany, Ohio
Back to the Game's Roots
I applaud the long overdue decision by the NCAA to enforce core basketball rules (Crying Foul, Dec. 11). It may be possible now to view a game based on skills instead of watching a blend of basketball, football and wrestling. Should I cross my fingers hoping that the NCAA will enforce rules on dribbling, too?
L.A. ELLIS, Fridley, Minn.
No one told the refs who worked the St. John's- George Washington game in the BB&T Classic about the changes. It was played under the old Brooklyn schoolyard rule of no autopsy, no foul.
ANDREW PATAPIS, Scarsdale, N.Y.
Tell Roy Williams to worry more about his underachieving Kansas squads' failure to win in the postseason than about what Michigan State and Wisconsin do in the Final Four.
DAVE LUBACH, Sheboygan, Wis.
Thank God. That was my reaction when I saw your article. It came one week after I'd gone to a high school game in which the announcer told the crowd that the schools had decided to return the game to one based on speed and finesse. He asked fans for patience if the refs called more fouls than the crowd had seen in recent years. Let's hope the Neanderthal Basketball Association follows this trend.
PAUL NICHOLAS OAK HARBOR, Wash.
It's ridiculous that the NCAA is placing more emphasis on strict enforcement of rules during basketball games. As a fan I want to see action on the court. When referees get too involved, it comes down to which team can make its free throws, and that takes the thrill out of watching.
DANNY OLSON, Minneapolis
I'm appalled that pitcher Bobby Chouinard will be allowed to serve his sentence for aggravated assault outside the baseball season (SCORECARD, Dec. 11). Since I'm a student, I wonder if I would get to serve time for a felony conviction during summer vacation. So tell me, is the judge a Colorado Rockies fan?
CHRIS CREIGHTON, North Dighton, Mass.
The Cadets and Middies
The article on the Army-Navy game brought tears to my eyes (SCORECARD, Dec. 11). One cannot doubt the caliber of these few, proud athletes who are willing to pay a steep price to uphold America's values.
TONY RODRIGUEZ, Seymour, Tenn.
Two Sides of the Coin
Money won't change new Yankees pitcher Mike Mussina (Winning Pitch, Dec. 11). He's a regular guy who won't forget his Montoursville, Pa., roots and faithful Orioles fans.
MATT ENGEL, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
Mussina states he's not expected to win every start. It's good to know that an $88.5 million contract doesn't require that. If he can let me know which game he doesn't expect to win, then I can make money off that attitude too.
STAN NIERADKA, Toronto