I enjoyed the NBA Playoff Preview (April 25). When the playoffs end--that would be sometime in August, right?--I'm sure I'll enjoy the championship issue as well.
I noticed that of the five players Ian Thomsen saw as keys to the postseason (Right Place, Right Time, April 25), three are former Cleveland Cavaliers. In fact, eight of the last 10 NBA champs have featured at least one ex-Cavalier. Meanwhile, the Cavs missed the playoffs this year for the seventh straight season. Go figure.
Matt LaWell, Independence, Mo.
Your piece on Charlie Weis's attempt to resurrect Notre Dame's football program (Charlie in Charge, April 25) is just the beginning of the usual cycle. From here it goes like this: Hope springs eternal as Weis leads the Irish to an early victory over a national power; the Irish go 7--4 and the season ends on a positive note with a close victory (or narrow loss); national glory looms as Weis's second campaign starts 5--0; three straight upsets wreck a hopeful season; Weis fired after he goes 5--6 in his third season. I believe I speak for the majority of college football fans when I ask that you please focus instead on a program relevant to this century--you'll find one in Los Angeles, Norman, Baton Rouge or Columbus.
Tom Gibeaut, Cleveland
No one should be surprised by the warm reception baseball's getting in Washington, D.C. (The Vote Is In, April 25). I'm a native of northern Virginia, and I have many fond memories of attending Senators games as a youngster. I still have my Louisville Slugger from Bat Day and my red plastic replica helmet from Helmet Day. We were not Orioles fans by choice, but because we were given no alternative.