How weird is this? For your 2006--07 college basketball preview (far right),
one of your regional covers featured Julian Wright, with Mario Chalmers peeking
out from behind him. Your NCAA championship cover features Chalmers making the
game-tying shot—and if you look closely enough at the crowd, you'll see Wright,
who departed from Kansas early to join the NBA, peeking out to the left of
David Johnston, Lawrence, Kans.
How fitting that
the lone No. 1 seed bereft of an All-America would bring home the hardware
(Rock Chalk, Champions, April 14). The Jayhawks showed us what a team-first
ethic and good free throw shooting can do.
Rex M. Lowe, Naugatuck, Conn.
I noticed plenty
of coincidences between this year and the last time Kansas won a title, in
1988. In each case a two-term Republican was about to leave the White House;
Kansas played in Nebraska for the opening rounds, defeated a Lon Kruger team in
the tournament and an ACC team in the national semifinals. And Kansas came into
the final as an underdog.
Roger H. DeMott, Webster, N.Y.
As the father of a
recent Kansas graduate, I was thrilled with the cover photo of Mario Chalmers's
game-tying basket. Why, it made me think back to 1987 when Keith Smart of
Indiana, my alma mater, made SI's cover with his game-winning ... uh, wait a
minute. That week's cover was actually your baseball preview, featuring the
Cleveland Indians. Not that I've held a grudge for 21 years. By the way, that
season the Tribe finished 61--101, dead last in the AL East.
Alan Sutton, Deerfield, Ill.
Moises Alou now says he never would have caught the Bartman ball in the 2003
playoffs (PLAYERS, April 14). But I remember Alou's antics at the time. His
outward frustration certainly fueled the reaction of those in Wrigley Field and
Chicago against Steve Bartman; his admission is five years too late.
Jon Oliver, Darien, Ill.
Your story about NHL teams divvying up goaltending duties (Who's Your Goalie?
April 14) could have referred to Boston's 1972 Stanley Cup team: Coach Tom
Johnson employed the most equitable sharing of goaltending duties in Cup
history. Gerry Cheevers started eight of 15 playoff games while Ed Johnston
started the other seven, and each won six times. This followed a regular season
in which Cheevers started 40 of 78 games and Johnston the remaining 38, with
each winning 27 decisions.
Joe Gill, Easton, Pa.
The Dixon Line
A die-hard Michigan fan, I watched Oregon's Dennis Dixon (Dennis, Anyone? April
14) annihilate my Wolverines last fall. I saw a quarterback with poise,
leadership and the ability to take over a game. Any team that was afraid to
draft Dixon because of his knee injury is just ignorant.
Jonathan Collar, Sterling Heights, Mich.
courage and team-first attitude by risking injury and losing out on the
individual accomplishments in order to help his team try for a championship.
That would impress me if I were an NFL scout.
Nick Yoder, Goshen, Ind.
I don't want to
hear about how great the facilities are at Oregon. Although it is great for
Dixon, it stinks for the 20 or so wrestlers who had their program dropped
because the school wanted to add baseball. Cut down to 10 stainless steel
massage tables, and keep wrestling!
Jeff Hill, Petersburg, Ill.
I cannot believe you printed Andrew B. Williams's response to a PLAYERS poll on
athletes' presidential preferences (LETTERS, April 14), in which he said that
people vote Republican only if "they are millionaires or they are naive.
Professional athletes are both." I wonder if you would have printed a
letter that said, "There are only two reasons people ever vote Democrat:
They have a sense of entitlement or they do not want to accept responsibility
for poor choices. Professional athletes demonstrate both?"
James May, Orange Park, Fla.