STRONG ATHLETIC DIRECTOR
Regarding the sidebar on what it took to arrange the television contract for the Virginia-Georgetown game (Something's Gotta Give, Nov. 29), I offer the following for the CBS executives who visited Georgetown Athletic Director Frank Rienzo with their contract proposals (demands): Quousque tandem, CBS, abutere patientia nostra? [How long, Catiline, will you abuse our patience?—Cicero]
It's too bad none of the CBS officials had studied Latin under Rienzo at Archbishop Molloy High School in Queens, N.Y. It's also a shame none of them was ever caught smoking in the school yard at lunchtime by him. If the CBS men had had either of these experiences, they would have known before they walked through the door that their efforts were a waste of time. Thank you, Frank, for remaining the same stubborn, ethical s.o.b. that you were when you were teaching us of Caesar's conquest of the Helvetians.
Frank Rienzo's handling of the high-handed network bidding for rights to the Georgetown-Virginia game deserves kudos. Speaking as a fan who has had too many weekend plans ruined by schedule changes and temporary lighting installations, I say well done, Frank!
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Sorry, but your Top 20 college basketball prediction (Scouting Reports, Nov. 29) was as accurate as a weatherman's forecast. If Kentucky isn't one of the Top 5 teams in America, then the Baltimore Colts will win the Super Bowl!
The fact that Houston, fresh from a Final Four appearance in New Orleans and returning perhaps the best front line in the country, didn't even rate a Top 20 ranking from SI is incredible. I expect you'll be feeling rather foolish come springtime.
What's the big idea? Arkansas not in your Top 20? The only reason I'll continue to take your magazine is to see the Razorbacks in your final Top 10.
Little Rock, Ark.
Ha! Ha! What a joke! St. John's not in your Top 20!
Maybe it was a little too much to ask for a spot in the Top 20 (West Virginia No. 17?), but when you pick 52 teams to make the NCAA tournament, it is an atrocity to ignore the Scarlet Knights of Rutgers.
North Brunswick, N.J.
You've forgotten the dark horse in last year's Final Eight: Boston College. I knew they wouldn't be in the Top 20, but come on, the Eagles should at least have been in the "Rest of the Best." I think you owe us BC fans a big apology.
Congratulations on another spectacular College Basketball Issue! As a member of the San Domenico School girls' basketball team in San Anselmo, Calif., I especially enjoyed Roger Jackson's wonderful article on Cheryl Miller and the University of Southern California women's program (She May Well Be the Best Ever). Miller is an excellent example of a superstar athlete who's able to handle pressure, and she should be an inspiration to all young women athletes.