I don't really
like all the shocking upsets, last-second shots and unmatched excitement of the
NCAA basketball tournament. College hoops should follow the lead of the BCS:
Input some numbers only an astrophysicist could understand and let the
computers decide that Texas should play Ohio State!
Brian Jardine, Dunmore, Pa.
Hooray for Grant
Wahl for calling out Billy Packer and Jim Nantz on the way they dismissed
midmajor schools such as George Mason, Wichita State and Bradley as unfit to be
in the NCAA tournament (Once Upon a Time, March 27). Those guys are nothing
more than shills for the big conferences.
Bob Youngerman, Brevard, N.C.
Whatever respect I
once had for Packer is now gone. He's so embedded in the camps of the ACC and
the Big East that I think if someone asked him to name a state west of
Virginia, his answer would be " West Virginia."
Nick Burroughs, Wichita, Kans.
I can't speak for
all the schools, but part of the definition of a midmajor at my alma mater,
Bucknell, is the proper balancing of athletics and education. The Bison have a
100% graduation rate for all entering basketball players, a figure that, sadly,
far exceeds that of virtually all other participating schools in this year's
Craig Holland, Stony Brook, N.Y.
I came home from
Iraq during last year's March Madness, but it wasn't until I read Steve
Rushin's column on watching the first day of the NCAA tournament at an Irish
pub in Hartford (Air and Space, March 27) that I finally realized how lucky I
am and what a truly great country we live in. Steve, I hope to see you at
Vaughan's next year.
Stephen McLellan, Houston
brought back memories of all the years my buddies and I would extend our lunch
hour into the night at our favorite watering hole to watch the first round of
the NCAA tournament. This year, however, proved a little different when my wife
woke me to say that we needed to get to the hospital to have our first child. I
watched the tournament in our delivery room as doctors and nurses came by and
discussed their brackets. At 9:50 p.m., our little girl, Cameron Bond Nobis,
was born, and basketball became an afterthought. I will always remember the day
my daughter was born and my luck at getting to watch the rest of the tournament
on paternity leave.
Ben Nobis, Plainwell, Mich.
In Praise of
Thank you, Chris
Ballard. Writing Up a Storm (March 27) demonstrates why I read SPORTS
ILLUSTRATED. Because I'm 22, I'm supposed to be obsessed with fantasy sports
and blogging, but I'd rather spend an afternoon reading coherent, in-depth
writing about subjects that are actually interesting. It's stories like Writing
Up a Storm that will keep my subscription renewed.
Aaron Taylor, Beltsville, Md.