As a longtime fan of UConn basketball, I enjoyed your profile of Connecticut's remarkable scholar-athlete, Emeka Okafor (The Conn Game, April 12). Unfortunately, you did a disservice to the team by ignoring the contributions of everyone not named Emeka. Alexander Wolff barely mentions the sharpshooting of Rashad Anderson, the confident guard play of senior Taliek Brown, or the unstoppable Ben Gordon. Shame on you.
GLENN HOLLEY, Hebron, Conn.
There's no need to wait until December to proclaim UConn's Emeka Okafor and Diana Taurasi Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year for their accomplishments on the court and in the classroom. No better story will surface in the Olympics or any pro sport.
RICHARD S. ORDER, Simsbury, Conn.
I applaud Steve Rushin's attempt to quantify what it is about UConn basketball that attracts so many types of people (AIR AND SPACE, April 12). Bill Walton would probably tell you the followers of the Grateful Dead have not disappeared; they have reinvented themselves as Huskies basketball fans. Jim Calhoun and Geno Auriemma are the Jerry Garcias of Connecticut.
BOB HALL, Gales Ferry, Conn.
I hope Rushin will do his part in relaying to UConn Nation the embarrassment that most UConn alumni felt when they saw how the students chose to celebrate. Starting fires, overturning cars and destroying property is not the best way to show your jubilation. I am not a Husky, but I am a fan of the program. I hope in the future the students will act as if they had been there before—especially since they have.
ROBERT BOUGHTON, Pearland, Texas
Not So Peachy
What a terrible week to be a Georgia alumna! First, I have to watch Georgia Tech play UConn in the NCAA title game, and then I open SI to find that Roy Blount Jr.'s essay about Georgia focuses on Georgia Tech (Football Magic, April 12)! Couldn't you get Fran Tarkenton or, better yet, Herschel Walker to write about the University of Georgia?
JANA EMMERT Duluth, Minn.
Somewhere in your Sports in America section on Georgia (April 12) you should have mentioned that the great Jackie Robinson was born at home in a sharecropper's house just outside Cairo, Ga., in 1919.
CAL JOHNS, Hawkinsville, Ga.
Chris Crossed (April 12) was dead on. Chris Webber's return just exposes the Kings' lack of defense. The Kings won't win a championship because they're soft, and soft teams don't win championships.
JOE ALLEN, Rancho Cordova, Calif.
As a proud Michigan graduate I was disgusted to read Webber's pleasant reminiscences of his Michigan days. Those memories should bring him nothing but shame. Chris, your selfishness not only crippled a great basketball program but also disgraced a great university. You haven't even apologized. If you want fans to treat you better, try being a better man.
JEFFREY H. KAPLAN, St. Charles, Ill.
If Theo Epstein really does practice Money-ball tactics, he should be sending out Pedro Martinez trade feelers to all major league teams—including the Yankees (INSIDE BASEBALL, April 12). Pedro's biggest contribution to the Red Sox this year could be how much he can fetch. And shedding $17.5 million of payroll would allow the Sox to retain many of the players who will be free agents at the end of the year. They have a good pitching staff without him.
MARK KRAMER, Cambria, Calif.
The Big Picture
I realize how digital photography can create outstanding images, but I also realize that you still have to be there at the right time and right angle. The LEADING OFF (April 12) picture of Travis Nederpelt at the Australian Olympic swimming trials is one of the best moments I have ever seen captured in a photograph. The combination of the clear rippling water, the color of his goggles and the sharpness of the photo combine in a truly captivating way. A pat on the back to photographer Adam Pretty.
DAN WAITE, Upper St. Clair, Pa.