Curry Kirkpatrick's article on college basketball (It's a Happening, Dec. 3) was pure entertainment. His description of Joe Caldwell's dunk shots brought back fond memories of Chicago Stadium college doubleheaders. On two mid-'60s winter nights I saw Jumpin' Joe put on shows that would have shamed today's premier dunk artists. Thanks, Curry, and welcome back to the college game.
JEFFERY L. WHITE
Oak Park, Ill.
Curry Kirkpatrick's article described both the appeal of college basketball and the shortcomings of the professional game. I hope that in my lifetime the NBA will have the sagacity to adopt the college rules so that coaching strategy and the team concept can become as much a part of the pro game as individual talent is now.
Regarding Curry Kirkpatrick's derogatory remarks about the NBA, I'd like to say that Curry wasn't as happy about leaving SI's pro basketball beat as we NBA fans were to see him go. Friends like him the NBA doesn't need.
MRS. MICA JOHNSON
I enjoyed the North Carolina flavor of this year's College Basketball Issue—Curry Kirkpatrick learning college basketball at North Carolina, the excellent article on defense featuring Dean Smith and your No. 3 ranking of Carolina. Having been born, bred and educated a Tar Heel and having lived in various parts of the U.S., I can honestly say that no group of fans appreciates its team, coach, players and "deeefense" more than followers of the Heels.
WILLIAM L. BLACK, M.D.
Having to live with a Tar Heel husband and his equally enthusiastic Tar Heel sons is hard enough during the college basketball season. Your College Basketball Issue, which seemingly had North Carolina and Dean Smith plastered on every page, was the straw that almost broke the camel's back. Having been born and raised in Kentucky, I was doubly shocked to find the Wildcats ranked no higher than No. 18.
Before the season ends, I strongly suspect that there will be one sports magazine that is wrong and four Tar Heel fans in my family who are very disappointed.
FROM ONE TO TWENTY
In the basketball scouting report on No. 2 Ohio State, you mention that a "dozen or so Buckeye fans" camped out for a week in front of St. John's Arena to purchase season tickets. I was one of those who braved the cold winds and hard pavement to see the Bucks play, and I feel that some additional information is in order. By the time the tickets went on sale, the total number of hard-core Buckeye basketball fans who had shared in this frigid ordeal was well over 5,000.
One correction: Kelvin Ransey, Herbie Williams, Carter Scott, Jim Smith and Clark Kellogg add up to No. 1—not No. 2 behind Indiana.
I dislike Kentucky—totally—but it really wouldn't stun me to see the Wildcats win another title. However, I expect Digger Phelps and "No. 4" Notre Dame to be the 1979-80 NCAA champions.
West New York, N.J.
UCLA 12th? Coach Larry Brown has the ability to make the Bruins No. 1 again.
North Lake, Wis.