As an original Diamondbacks season-ticket holder, I agree that this wonderfully entertaining and talented team has the makings of baseball's next dynasty (Snakes Alive, May 12). The management has proved that you can build a winner without spending zillions on overpriced veterans.
Paul Alderman, Phoenix
Land o' Lacrosse
Thanks for your story on the Northwestern women's lacrosse team (Go West, Young Lady, May 12). It is amazing that a team from Chicago could dominate a traditionally East Coast game. A small irony: The sidebar on Syracuse's men's lacrosse features a picture of midfielder Steven Brook, who has scored more than 20 goals this year—and is from Illinois.
Dennis J. McGushin, Chicago
L. Jon Wertheim suggests that Northwestern women's lacrosse is "arguably the most formidable dynasty in college sports today." How about California Golden Bears rugby, which has won 24 out of 29 possible national championships since 1980?
Rick Astley, Milpitas, Calif.
Jim Trotter congratulates Bengals president Mike Brown (INSIDE THE NFL, May 12) for taking a tough stand with Chad Johnson, "who's trying to force a trade by acting like a spoiled child." May I suggest that Johnson is not acting.
Mike Adamkosky, Columbus, Ohio
Critters on the Course
Carl Hiaasen's story about his wildlife encounters on the golf course (A Dangerous Breed of Beast, May 12) was a hysterical lesson on how to laugh at yourself. And I loved lines like, "Gators are common on Florida golf courses, providing a mobile dimension to the concept of 'lateral hazard.'"
Sandy Rubin, Rochester, N.Y.
Hiaasen's piece reminded me of the three "birdies" I once hit on one hole. After being coached through 16 holes by my frustrated playing partner, he suggested that I just swing as hard as I could. I gripped and ripped it. The ball went straight up and destroyed a nest halfway up a very tall tree next to the tee box. Three crows exploded from the nest, shaken and surprised but otherwise unharmed.
Mike Haley, Harrison, Mich.
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