Emeka Okafor (When Brain Meets Brawn, Nov. 24) and Diana Taurasi (Love, Italian Style, Nov. 24) are fine young people who recognize the importance of education. While they strive to excel on the court, their potential as leaders—long after they have graduated from UConn—is what excites me the most.
JOHN A. TAYLOR
Cliffside Park, N.J.
Frank Deford wrote, in his article on Diana Taurasi and UConn women's coach Geno Auriemma, "Nowadays a man would have no shot at a high-profile women's college basketball job.... Geno is the last dinosaur." If you reverse the genders in the quote, you can leave out "high-profile." A woman has no shot at even a low-profile job in men's college basketball. So if Geno is the last dinosaur, it's no wonder the species died out—there never were any female dinosaurs.
RICHARD BOUTILIER, Northboro, Mass.
As a longtime feminist, I was distressed that the association of "mostly female" coaches could not bring themselves to vote Geno coach of the year. That's reverse discrimination! Shame on them. Yes, Geno has a superstar in Diana, and yes, he was working with four very talented freshmen last year, but they were untested and could have imploded. The best means the best, no matter what gender. I thought that's what we'd been working for all these years.
MARY MATCHUK ELLING, Kent, Conn.
Why must you tease women's basketball fans with a list of only the top 10 teams? Women's college basketball is a major sport, and the entire game, not just UConn and Tennessee, is worthy of major coverage.
LYNN KLYDE-SILVERSTEIN, Denver
I was glad that Tom Verducci's Five Strikes and You're Out (SCORECARD, Nov. 24) outlined how pathetic baseball's new steroid rules really are. These restrictions are pointless and will do nothing to stop the huge problem that is changing baseball and chasing away its fans. I, and many of my friends, are sick of wondering what records fell and which games were won because of steroids.
Isn't Steve Rushin a little young to be living in the good old days, when everyone played four years of college ball before turning pro (AIR AND SPACE, Nov. 24)? No one can really expect a 19-or 20-year-old kid to turn down millions to play for college meal money.
DAVID HIRNING, Seattle
The double whammy is that allowing early entry into the pro ranks has not only taken much of the fun out of college basketball, it is also a major reason for the decline of the NBA.
JAMES A. MANGIONE, San Diego
Stars Fall in Alabama
It is ridiculous that my fellow Alabamians think Joe Namath is the best athlete ever to live in or play in the state (SPORTS IN AMERICA, Nov. 24). Willie Mays and Hank Aaron are both better athletes, but Bo Jackson is clearly the best. Nobody has ever been as dominant in two different sports the way Bo was. If not for an early career-ending injury, Bo may have been the best athlete of all time.
CHRIS RIGGS, Auburn, Ala.
How to explain ranking Joe Namath so far ahead of Bo Jackson, Hank Aaron and, duh, Willie Mays? Apparently an overrated Yankee who spent only a few years in their state was good enough for Alabamians to award him favorite son status. Things seem not to have changed that much since the families of Jesse Owens, Joe Louis and Carl Lewis left the state while those budding athletes were youths.
ALAN J. SCHWARTZ, New York City
You hit the nail on the head about the seriousness of football in the state of Alabama. As a child growing up in the state, I was taught that rooting for 'Bama to win was almost as important as rooting for Auburn to lose. Yankees-Red Sox doesn't even compare with Alabama-Auburn.
CHRIS J. NUSS, Athens, Ala.