Block the Vote
I'm glad you've figured out that the BCS is not the answer to finding the best team in college football (Again, the BCS Gets It Wrong, Oct. 25), but I'm amazed you don't remember that the BCS was created to fix mistakes by the polls. Anytime a vote decides a champion, there will be disputes. Let's leave voting for champions to American Idol and let the players decide the NCAA football title with a playoff system.
Todd Schumacher, Pasco, Wash.
Having read TV Poker's a Joker (LIFE OF REILLY, Oct. 25), I must ask, Does Rick Reilly have a chip on his shoulder about gambling? I'd rather spend two hours watching real human emotion and drama with millions of dollars on the line than some retread sitcom or a sex-based reality show. At least those pasty, doughy poker players are not high on pot, using steroids or being arrested for felonies.
Barry Cherney, Rochester, N.Y.
Youth gambling will be the next big problem in the U.S., so I appreciate your concern with poker as sport, but the FDR reference was misplaced and disrespectful. By the way, FDR could bluff with the best of them, and I don't mean Texas hold 'em.
Donald Dean Meredith
Broken Arrow, Okla.
Let us all hope TV poker is just another in a long line of fads. Now will someone please turn the hockey back on?
Mark Thompson, Foxboro, Mass.
Everything you say is true. However, you must never have flopped a nut flush after making it three bets to go on the big blind. It's quite a feeling.
Murray Slough, Calgary
As a die-hard Utah fan for all of my 52 years, imagine my glee at seeing SI give credence to the Utes' BCS bowl bid chances (Wild Out West, Nov. 1). But you misidentified a photo of defensive coordinator Kyle Whittingham as head coach Urban Meyer. My guess is that the lineup of elite BCS schools who will try to steal Coach Meyer at the end of the season won't be making the same mistake.
Cary Jones, Salt Lake City