Back to School
Your Can't-Miss Games list for the college football season (COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREVIEW, Aug. 12) missed big-time! I read and reread the list several times—wait, let me check again...nope, not there—telling myself that sports' greatest rivalry had to be included. Amazingly, the Nov. 30 Florida versus Florida State game not only did not receive top ranking but also was nowhere to be found.
BRENT J. MECHLER II, Margate, Fla.
In your appraisal of Chris Simms's Heisman prospects, you quote his detractors as saying he's "all legacy, no substance." Then you add, "Hey, it worked for Dubya." I read SI for the sports. If I want political commentary, I'll read TIME.
JOE MARZIOTTI, Sugar Land, Texas
Wow, I never thought I'd see the day when Nebraska was behind Washington State and Oregon in a preseason ranking. I love it!
TAYLOR PICKETT, Tualatin, Ore.
To this taxpayer, your feature on luxury services for football players at publicly funded colleges (Welcome to the Big Time, Aug. 12) was truly disgusting. Arizona State has a new 16,000-square foot weightlifting center, while the school's overall budget is being cut by 2.5% and the students who are there for an education face a 3.9% tuition increase (for residents, 7.25% for nonresidents). The budget of Michigan State has been frozen while tuition is rising as much as 8.5%, but I'm sure students are happy to know that the school's football players have their own treatment center featuring a $75,000 therapy pool. How many needy students won't get financial aid while the players lounge in their palaces?
MIKE HANLON, Batavia, Ill.
ASU could pay for a lot of nonrevenue sports with the cost of its weight room. Perhaps if Vandy football players didn't dine on lobster linguini the school could afford to have a wrestling team. Instead of trying to overturn Title IX, maybe Speaker of the House Denny Hastert and other wrestling coaches should try to address the real problem—out-of-control football programs.
LINAS NORUSIS, Homer Glen, Ill.
I almost got sick when I saw the spread on the Vanderbilt football team's training table. That image contrasts sharply with my memories of making canned spaghetti on a hot plate in my dorm room. The training-table photograph and the other two pictures of college football's "ultimate facilities" illustrate the widening gap between coddled "student-athletes" and regular students.
DAVID R. WILKES, Atlanta
I'm sure that my father's and husband's lifelong dream would be to run onto the field at LSU's Tiger Stadium (The Best Years of His Life, Aug. 12). Thank you, John Ed Bradley, for giving me an insight into how lonely and beautiful that dream could be.
KELLI LACOUR, Ventress, La.
If I had seen John Ed Bradley play football for LSU, would I remember him? Probably not. After all, he was a center, which is not exactly a glamour position. But I don't think I will ever forget the story he told of how hard it is to leave behind the game he loved so much.
BOB BOEKER, Sherman, Texas
I grew up an LSU fan in New Orleans and listened to Tigers games on the radio every Saturday. I vividly remember Billy Cannon's run and the heartbreaking loss to USC. Bradley's article was touching and taught us that when people mean a great deal to us, we should let them know.
BOB CISNEROS, Auburn, Ala.
Wheels of Justice
Rick Reilly's Color Scheme (THE LIFE OF REILLY, Aug. 12) reinforces two things. First, by repeatedly pulling over black athletes in nice cars, certain, not all, law enforcement officers continue to practice some form of racial profiling. Second, by driving his Hummer with expired tags, no driver's license and no proof of insurance, Ricky Williams continues to use his head only as a blunt instrument.
LARRY WARRENFELTZ, Pensacola, Fla.