NORTHWEST BY SOUTHEAST
Your January 8 issue was a fine one. A longtime reader of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, I have often disagreed with and even been enraged by some of your opinions and found many articles on what I consider the lesser sports (hunting, boating, skiing, etc.) very uninteresting. However, I found this issue engrossing from cover to cover. Your recognition of the Southeast, and particularly North Carolina, as one of the hotbeds of fine basketball and your recognition of North Carolina State University as one of the nation's Top 10 football teams did nothing to lessen my opinion.
KENNETH E. PATE
Joe Jares was more than complimentary to the University of North Carolina in his recent article on the Par West Classic (The B.V.D. Boys Shoot Down a Hex, Jan. 8). But to the Chapel Hill faithful it was music to their ears. The final victory over Oregon State is even more impressive when one realizes that starting Center Rusty Clark was suffering from "food poisoning" and that Forward Bill Bunting did not even dress for the game.
F. WALTON AVERY
Congratulations on your fine article on Portland's Far West Classic. We often feel slighted here in the Northwest, where LewCLA dominates all we read and many fine teams pass almost unnoticed.
However grateful for the coverage, I feel compelled to point out two factors which escaped mention in your feature. The Portland classic drew nearly 60,000 people from a population of 400,000, second only to the 68,000 attending in New York. The second point is that a fifth-ranked North Carolina barely squeaked by an Oregon State team rated nowhere by anyone.
Let all the East Coast, Southwest and Midwest sportswriters have their national rankings, while we sit back and enjoy the best round ball played anywhere.
KIM H. WHITMAN
I would like to thank SI and Curry Kirkpatrick for the splendid article, much awaited by us Norfolkians, about Norfolk State College's dynamic basketball team (All Together Now—A Big Whompf for Norfolk State, Jan. 8). We have waited for over two years for the Spartans, the nation's leading collegiate point producers, to receive their share of the national limelight. This red-hot, explosive and currently undefeated quintet would like nothing better than to meet and beat what you call the best!
JOHN LEE WILKINS
I believe Curry Kirkpatrick has it. I mean the sound the crowd makes when the Norfolk State basketball team scores a basket. Heaven knows, I tried to get it in my stories. Last time I wrote, I said it was "whump" and then "whoomp." Kirkpatrick's "whompf" is it, I believe. Jolly good show.
THE PILLAGE (CONT.)
I have read many conservation articles in my day but I don't recall encountering one that had as much pure "meat" as How to Stop the Pillage of America (Dec. 11). I have reread your article a number of times and the conviction has grown that a copy of it should be in the hands of every conservation leader in Florida.
I realize that this article is only one of a number of excellent presentations of natural resource problems that have appeared in your magazine. I am sorry that I have not written to you in commendation of each of them, but please rest assured that, the prestige of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED is very high among all the growing army of citizens who are alarmed about the deteriorating quality of our environment.
KENNETH D. MORRISON
Lake Wales, Fla.
How to Stop the Pillage of America should be must reading for every high school and college student in the country, because these are the people who are going to have to deal with the rapidly growing complexity of the problems.