JOHNSON, BIRD & CO.
How appropriate that you started the college basketball season with a cover photograph of an Earvin (Magic) Johnson dunk (Nov. 27). We Michigan State fans knew you would have to end the season with another one (April 2).
Let's hope that next year Magic Johnson won't be in the NBA, so that he will again be able to grace your cover on the NCAA finals wearing the green and white of Michigan State.
I congratulate Larry Keith for his fine article on the finals of the NCAA tournament (They Caged the Bird
, April 2). I was glad to see that Terry Donnelly was given his due. I feel that Donnelly, not Earvin Johnson, deserved the MVP award. Donnelly was 5 for 5 from the field and 5 for 6 from the line—a good night of shooting for anyone.
When Gregory Kelser got into foul trouble in the second half, Johnson tried to do it all by himself, and Indiana State got back into the game.
I am glad to see that college basketball is still a team sport and not an individual one, as the pros try to make it. As Larry Keith shows in his article, the team will beat the individual almost every time.
WILLIAM D. CORBIN
I was relieved to discover that someone else saw 10 men on the court. It seems the majority of our distinguished American press was unable to detect the presence of others besides Earvin Johnson and Larry Bird.
DEAN M. SANDERSON
Larry Keith says that Michigan State is a "superb team—perhaps even a great one." His assessment of the Spartans' Magic Show is complimentary, yet surprisingly timid. It is hard to imagine anyone hesitating to call this team great. Greatness is determined by performance, and Michigan State's credentials are staggering. The Spartans blitzed through the NCAA tournament like a runaway steamroller, defeating five teams, three from the Top Ten, by a total of 104 points. That's an average victory margin of nearly 21 points. As for their six regular-season losses, five of them came at the buzzer. Very few teams have equaled Michigan State's performance. Those that have, have been considered great. Why not go all the way and add the '79 Spartans to the list?
R. E. NAKFOOR
Adolph Rupp once said that a perfect game for a basketball player would be "...36 points, 18 rebounds and 10 assists." Larry Bird is the first player I have ever seen who came close: 35 points, 16 rebounds and nine assists against DePaul in a game won by two points. I believe I have seen the perfect basketball player.
ARTON N. SMITH
Pleasant Hill, Calif.
You broke my heart when you said in your March 26 article And Finally There Are Four that Gregory Kelser has been dunking since he was a 5'10" 14-year-old. I'm 14 and 5'10", and I can't even touch the rim!
In the April 2 SCORECARD item "Political Basketball," you questioned the whereabouts of Kentucky's two Senators during the debate between Utah and Indiana over which state could claim the greatest support of college basketball.