Ask No. 14 LSU, which lost to the Razorbacks 86-76 in Alaska, and No. 10 Missouri, which was defeated 81-73, if Arkansas should have been in your preseason Top 20.
You included South Alabama and Bradley in your Top 20, but not Syracuse?
I am shocked that you left out the University of Connecticut.
Bil Gilbert's article on Georgetown Basketball Coach John Thompson (The Gospel According to John, Dec. 1) was beautifully done. It's a welcome relief to read of a college coach who is more concerned about his players getting a quality education than about their next opponent. I believe scandals like those that recently have hit some NCAA schools could be nipped in the bud if more coaches would practice Thompson's methods of coaching and recruiting.
Jefferson City, Mo.
John Thompson is the first college basketball coach I've read about who has his priorities in proper order. If I were a highly recruited high school basketball player, I would make Georgetown my first choice.
Richmond Hill, N.Y.
How could Bil Gilbert have failed to mention the deflated basketball that John Thompson keeps in his office? It has become his trademark. The message has been the same since 1972: when you no longer have basketball, be sure you have a degree.
Brockway Area High School
Your article on the Eagles-Raiders game was excellent (Preview of Super Bowl XV? Dec. 1). As for previewing the Super Bowl, maybe. The Eagles are by far the best team in the NFL. But Oakland? No.
BEECHER T. BAKER
Silver Springs, Fla.
I'm delighted to see Paul Zimmerman finally giving the Oakland Raiders credit for being a superior team, especially after making the outrageous prediction earlier this year that they would finish 7-9 ( Paul Zimmerman's Scouting Reports, Sept. 8).
Upon examining the opening photograph of the Eagles-Raiders layout, I realized how right you were in stating that it was "a throwback to rock 'em, sock 'em days." It appears to me that No. 55 of the Raiders is being socked by one of those "clean" Eagles. Perhaps the Philadelphia player attended a Flyers game the night before.
I certainly agree with Paul Zimmerman that the Eagles-Raiders defensive battle was a classic. But I insist that most fans would much rather see a game full of razzle-dazzle. The new passing rule allows for a more exciting offensive battle.
Lido Beach, N.Y.