How could you fail to include Illinois point guard Dee Brown on your first- or second-team preseason All-America team (5 Minute Guide, Nov. 21)? Last season Brown was the Big Ten player of the year and a Wooden Award finalist--and an All-America. He is better than most of the guys who made your first and second teams.
Bryan R. Pratt, Champaign, Ill.
I was disappointed to see Syracuse point guard Gerry McNamara's name absent from your All-America list. G-Mac is best known for his ability to drill threes from NBA range, but his spirited competitiveness and leadership abilities are what make him truly worthy of selection. It is refreshing to see a fourth-year senior play hard-nosed, scrappy basketball and ignite a team the way he does.
Matt Brocks, Somerville, Mass.
Into the Void
SI's LEADING OFF (Nov. 21) depicts a stark contrast in fan interest. The up-close view of Detroit Red Wings right winger Daniel Cleary also offers a distant background view of thousands of empty seats. Has Hockeytown become Not-So-Hockeytown? Turn the page and there's not an empty seat to be found in the background of the Ricky Manning and Chris Gamble dance number in that football mecca of Charlotte.
Don Schroeder, Louisville
The NBA Rookie Diary of Gerald Green (PLAYERS, Nov. 21) provides a perfect example of why NBA commissioner David Stern pushed so hard to establish an age limit for the draft. Green's account of how "things haven't gone quite as I expected" in the NBA shows that a young player needs more time to prepare for the realities of the pro game. Stern was right.
Kevin Noble, Vista, Calif.
I was ecstatic that SPORTS ILLUSTRATED�published an article about the MLS Cup (Bottom's Up, Nov. 21), even though as a New England Revolution fan I was disappointed that my team lost 1-0 to the Los Angeles Galaxy. My only complaint is that although Grant Wahl noted Boston's gossip columnists often identify our Taylor Twellman as the "kicker cutie"--which he is, in addition to being the league MVP--there was no beefcake photo. Would you ever consider an article about Anna Kournikova or Danica Patrick without including at least one gorgeous picture?
Julie R. Kumor, Belmont, Mass.
Boxing doesn't need, as you argue in SCORECARD (Nov. 21), a "heavyweight savior" to reclaim its "mainstream relevance." It just needs to shrink its bloated structure. There is now the alphabet-soup of four major sanctioning organizations (WBA, WBC, IBF, WBO) bestowing boxing "championships" to fighters in 17 weight divisions. A sport that had thrived for decades with eight weight classifications, producing a maximum of eight world champions, now offers fans the possibility of 68 different titleholders. Does anyone really care who the super-junior-mini-weight champion is? Hell, I haven't cared who the heavyweight champion is since the 1970s.
Steve Grismer, Dayton