A googolplex of thanks for the magnificent cover on this year's College Basketball Issue (Dec. I). I shall frame it for my den.
HOWARD (RED) SAGE
I have been reading SI since 1958 and there have been many memorable covers, but none with the impact of "That Old School Spirit." Photographer Raeanne Rubenstein did a fantastic job.
It's the best magazine cover I've ever seen.
Forest City, N.C.
I'll bet you the price of a year's subscription that 99% of your readers would rather have an action photo of any one of the three players pictured on your cover.
I loved your scouting reports on this season's Top 20 (Dec. 1). However, there are a few flaws. First, why is Virginia ranked only No. 8? Ralph Sampson will be even better than he was last year.
Second, DePaul is going to reassert itself as a great team, but in no way is it No. 1.
My predictions for the top three are: 1) Maryland, 2) DePaul and 3) Virginia.
Glen Burnie, Md.
Once again you have refused to adequately recognize the University of Kentucky Wildcats, ranking them only third. Once again you will be proven wrong.
UCLA will be No. 1 in '81.
St. Petersburg, Fla.
Missouri, Georgetown, LSU—yep, that's a real tough Top 20 you have this year. As usual, I guess you know best in not putting lowly North Carolina in this elite group. Judging by the caliber of the field and the results of the Great Alaska Shootout (Hot Hand in a Cold Clime, Dec. 8), I think you blew it.