Wolff's story was the finest piece of sports-writing I have ever read. Like the game itself, it made me wish it would never end.
Arlington Heights, Ill.
Wolff failed to mention the most significant thing Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski did after the game. As a Kentucky fan, I was devastated by the loss, but when Krzyzewski went up to broadcaster Cawood Ledford after the game and asked to speak to the Kentucky fans to try and console them, he earned my enduring respect. He showed me that he has something not all coaches have. It is impossible to imagine Bobby Knight or Dean Smith or Dale Brown going up to Ledford like that. Although the defeat still bothers me nearly a year later, Krzyzewski's act remains one of the classiest I have ever seen in sports.
A Gracious Volunteer
I am proud of my father, Joe Garagiola, for many reasons, but especially for the many ways he helps others. SI must have overlooked him in its Scorecard item (Dec. 28-Jan. 4) about the fund-raiser for umpire John Hirschbeck and his family. My dad works countless hours for the Baseball Assistance Team, helping baseball people who find themselves in tough economic situations, yet he was also at the Hirschbeck fund-raiser. When the emcee canceled at the last minute, Hirschbeck called my father and asked him to emcee the dinner and the auction. Dad changed his plans and flew to Chicago. Like SI, he was moved by the players' show of love for the Hirschbecks.