Congratulations to Frank Deford for giving the public the most accurate and complete picture to date of a once-in-a-decade athlete (An Ivy Leaguer Is the Best, Dec. 7). As Deford indicated, Bill Bradley is not only "the best college basketball player in the world," he is a person of unique character. There are some who deprecate his almost incredible morality and respect for others. It is typical that Princeton's popular basketball coach is called Butch by everyone but Bradley, who always refers to him as Mr. van Breda Kolff. But such traits should not be scoffed at—they arc all too rare in college athletes today.
ROBERT S. HOLCOMBE
If Bradley is the best college basketball player this year, then who was the best college football player—Archie Roberts?
PETER R. STRAUS
William Warren Bradley...let's sec, now, didn't he get to be President between Daniel Webster and William Jennings Bryan?
MRS. GENE A. MILLER
Is it true that Bill Bradley, in an attempt to get to the gym even more quickly, walks across the Princeton pool? Perhaps Frank Deford's article could be revised to include this important fact.
BILL A. BROWN
While reading Frank Deford's article about Ivy Leaguer Bill Bradley, I recalled that two years ago you mentioned Bill as Sophomore of the Year and as a future All-America. It was one of the best predictions your magazine ever made.
Allow me to be one of the first to congratulate your staff on the fine job it has once again done in analyzing the realm of college basketball (Scouting Reports, Dec. 7). It continues to amaze me how successful SI has been with its predictions in this field. Last year it was NYU (picked as No. 1, finished the season with a 17-10 record) but you have really outdone yourselves this year. Here it is the second week of December, the basketball season only a week old, and already "mighty" Davidson has fallen. And if that weren't enough, UCLA, Kansas, Duke, Seattle, North Carolina and Syracuse, rated Nos. 3, 4, 5, 13, 17, 19, respectively, have also bitten the proverbial dust. Your nine surprise packages have also made a wonderful showing thus far. Five of them have joined the ranks of the immortals.
I am proud of your boys, however. It is heartening to see such a prominent publication refusing to be swayed by the opinions of the vast majority who are proclaiming Michigan as the No. 1 team.
DWIGHT B. STANLEY
Ann Arbor, Mich.
By losing to St. Joseph's (Pa.), your No. 1 team is down the drain in less than a week. I suppose you now feel they'll redeem themselves by beating such kingpins as Wofford, Presbyterian and Jacksonville. Do you use a cracked crystal ball or stale tea leaves?
A salute to your nervy selection of Davidson as No. 1. The Big Ten saw Davidson defeat Ohio State 95-73 and break its 50-home-game winning streak last year. With Hetzel, Teague, Davidson and Snyder back, I think they are as good as you think they are.
ROBERT H. MOORE
Not ranking Wichita State in the top five was the biggest mistake you will ever make.
DALE R. HANSON