With Mike Krzyzewski's having joined John Wooden, Adolph Rupp and Bob Knight as the fourth coach to win three national championships (Three's a Charm, April 9), it's worth noting that none of Wooden's or Rupp's titles and only one of Knight's came during the era when a team has had to win four games, instead of two or three, to reach the Final Four.
CRAIG MALLICK, Pittsburgh
Pardon me while I shed a tear for Krzyzewski. Your article said that he had to build a "secluded, custom-built home nestled on 12 acres just outside the Duke Forest" because of the terrible pressure of being him. He "slumped in a chair, shaking his head" following the loss to Maryland. And his wife urged their daughter to "stop by your dad's office tomorrow and give him a hug." Is this basketball or the Monday night movie?
ANN MARY QUARANDILLO, Berea, Ky.
The picture of Mike Dunleavy shooting a three-pointer epitomizes what Shane Battier is all about. While everyone else in the Metrodome is watching the flight of the ball, Battier is looking to gain position in case the shot does not go in.
JEFF RUDDER, Danville, Va.
Duke is the New York Yankees of college basketball. Almost everyone loves to hate the Blue Devils, but they know how to win.
BOB MISHOL, Ludlow, Mass.
Put the Dukies in a uniform that doesn't have DUKE on it and they don't get to the final game, much less win it. The officiating was horrendous. I particularly liked Jason Williams's tackle of Jason Gardner and the fifth foul called on Maryland's Lonny Baxter.
BEN COLE, Vienna, Va.
Alexander Wolff commented on the failure of some notable freewheeling offensive units to prevail in the final game. We fiftysomething guys recall a run-and-gun team that got the job done, coach George Ireland's 1962-63 Loyola of Chicago team. The Ramblers came from behind to upset Cincinnati and deny the Bearcats three straight titles. Like Duke, Loyola of Chicago was fun to watch.
MIKE SULLIVAN, Milwaukee
Full of Oates
I disagree with Kostya Kennedy's claim that Adam Oates is the second-best passer of all time (Mystery Man, April 9). While Oates is gifted, he's not in the same league as Mario Lemieux. The statistics you cite that show Lemieux averages almost one third of an assist more per game than Oates prove my point. Had Lemieux been fortunate enough to have linemates such as Brett Hull or Cam Neely instead of Doug Shedden and Warren Young, he'd be averaging more assists per game than Wayne Gretzky did.
JEFFREY C. HOENER, Pittsburgh
If I were starting a hockey team today, Oates would be my first pick. He's similar to Larry Bird and Magic Johnson in his ability to make ordinary players look good. Furthermore, Hull, Neely and Peter Bondra had their most productive years with Oates setting them up, so obviously even outstanding players needed Oates to help them realize their potential.
DOUG SAGUTO, Tampa
I eagerly await Rick Reilly's columns each week, but Steve Rushin's Sweet Dreams column was the best I've read in some time (AIR AND SPACE, April 9). Thanks for reminding us that sport has a mystical ability to bestow emotional rewards on some of its most ardent participants.
DRIS UPITIS, Chicago
Just when I was losing hope in sports, Rushin changes from his cynical self into a dreamer. Quick as you can say, "Twins win!" I'm in love with the games again.
LOREN FOXX, Newport Beach, Calif.