Vince Valesano, Bethalto, Ill.
On the Run
As basketball turns to a speed game (Fast Times, Nov. 22), as opposed to a half-court game, the emphasis will increasingly be on point guards and their decision-making on the fast break. Does the point guard release the long pass, wait for the secondary break or set up the half-court offense? A scoring point guard is unimportant, a set-up point guard is vital. UConn and Georgia Tech demonstrated this in last year's NCAA tournament. Speed can break down the opposition at either end of the court.
Rod Steier, West Hartford, Conn.
I was blown away by the pictures that accompanied Fast Times. As a former NBA scout and a lover of SI's college basketball coverage for over 40 years, I can't remember seeing such creative photos that so completely captured the excitement and energy of the game. Kudos to Howard Schatz.
Max Shapiro, San Rafael, Calif.
Your point that defense may not be so important in the NFL is well taken, as Peyton Manning and the Colts, with their "poor" defense, may prove to be the Cinderella team of the playoffs (Who's Hot and Who's Not? Nov. 22). But I disagree with your using the picture of the man holding a big D and a section of a fence to illustrate your point. That guy happens to be my husband, Eric Fabert, a 14year Colts season-ticket holder. He should be in the Who's Hot column instead of the Who's Not.
Deb Fabert, Mooresville, Ind.