Here in Southern California we've had rain on and off for the last 40 days, so
does it surprise anyone that the Florida Gators--the only team to weather the
storm that was UCLA hoops--would be led by a kid named Noah (Go-Go Gators,
Axel Kyster, Bradbury, Calif.
Two things about
the national champion Florida Gators' basketball team that may have made a
difference: The players complemented each other, and they complimented each
Ken Clarke, Orlando
Kudos to David
Maraniss for The Meaning of Roberto Clemente (April 10). Clemente's physical
skills--the rifle arm, quick bat and tremendous speed--have been well
chronicled, but his true greatness was shown in his death. Roberto got it right
when he said, "If you have a chance to make life better for others and fail
to do so, you are wasting your time on earth." No matter what our station
in life, we are here to serve, even if that sometimes means making the greatest
sacrifice of all.
Gregory L. Daniels, Franklin, Tenn.
It seemed that
there was trouble brewing even before Clemente's aircraft took off. When it did
take off, matters just kept getting worse and worse. The moral of the story is:
There are old pilots and there are bold pilots, but there are no old bold
Steven Phy, Pittsburgh
for children was genuine. When I was nine, he came to our church banquet, and I
remember that he spent almost four hours holding kids on his lap, signing
autographs and telling stories. I am not ashamed to say that 11 years later, as
a 20-year-old, I cried when I heard of his death.
Duane Randa, Cumming, Ga.
There has been
talk about retiring Clemente's uniform number (21) from all major league
rosters. Reading this article will help anyone understand why this should be
considered. As great a ballplayer as he was--and he was as good as they
come--he was an even greater human being.
Carlos B. Martinez, Bronx, N.Y.
Highs of the
LSU gets its men's
and women's teams to the Final Four, and they're Not Hot because neither made
it to the championship game (Players, April 10)? LSU's young and inexperienced
men's team was never supposed to make it past Duke or Texas, but it did and far
exceeded most people's expectations. And the women, while top contenders for
most of the year, really had only two consistent scoring threats: Seimone
Augustus and Sylvia Fowles. Just because they lost to an excellent team in the
Final Four doesn't make them a flop. Besides, I didn't see any other school
with teams in both Final Fours, did you?
Julie Kammer, Metairie, La.