THE COLLEGE GAME
It was a delight to see you devote three straight cover stories to college basketball (March 23 et seq.). I'm glad the sport is getting the publicity it so much deserves. The excitement it aroused during the regular season and throughout the NCAA tournament was remarkable, as was SI's coverage.
College basketball has to be considered America's third-most-popular sport, after baseball and pro football. It's a shame that after their college years the Isiah Thomases and Albert Kings have to enter into the boredom of the NBA.
Bel Air, Md.
Your April 6 cover of Isiah Thomas, the "little child" who led the Hoosiers, and the adoring fans with the huge red hand indicating No. 1 was fabulous and captivating. Even though I was a North Carolina fan that night, this cover made up for the loss.
Curry Kirkpatrick wrote his most complimentary article ever about Indiana University basketball (And a Little Child Led Them). And your cover photo was wonderful. Isiah Thomas, along with the crowd, showed the world what Hoosier Hysteria is all about.
College basketball three weeks in a row? Certainly another sport was worthy of your cover for at least one of those weeks. I, for one, am saturated with basketball.
THE LADY TECHSTERS
My thanks to Kathy Blumenstock for her piece on the undefeated Louisiana Tech women's basketball team (It Was a Tech-book Year, April 6). Coach Sonja Hogg and her staff deserve a great deal of credit for winning an AIAW championship after only seven years of competition.
However, while Blumenstock rightly lauded the play of Tech's front line. I don't think enough was said about Point Guard Kim Mulkey. Those who viewed this game on TV watched a superior playmaker at work.
THE OTHER SIDE OF DR. J
John Papanek's article on Julius Erving ("I've Always Felt Powerless," April 6) was a masterful piece of journalism. Papanek and Erving remind us of the true meaning of athletics and the pride that a professional athlete takes in his job. both on and off the court.
As an ardent follower of basketball and as a former Philadelphian, I can testify that Julius Erving has enriched not only the quality of basketball, but also the quality of life for those people who have ever had the opportunity to come into contact with him. John Papanek's article gave us all a little more insight into a great man who will continue to do great things long after his basketball days have ended.
ROBERT N. GILMOUR
Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.
Many thanks to Roy S. Johnson for his tribute to Molly Bolin, a native Iowan who made it to the big leagues (The Lady Is a Hot Shot, April 6). She justly deserves the recognition she's finally receiving at the national level.