Congratulations to you for printing Bill Frakes's photo of the Buckeyes' Tim Anderson consoling the Canes' Ken Dorsey at the end of the Fiesta Bowl ("The Best Damn Team..." Wins the Big One, Jan. 13). It speaks volumes about the sportsmanship Jim Tressel has brought back to the Ohio State football program. The picture is evidence that the current players at Ohio State—those recruited by both John Cooper and Tressel—understand the privilege it is to represent the university and to set an example for their teammates, their fans and the public.
DAVID DRAGICS, Laurel, Md.
Too Much, Too Soon?
As I read about LeBron James (The Continuing "Education" of LeBron James..., Jan. 13), I thought of JaRon Rush, the Kansas City phenom who in 1994 was called the top high school freshman in the country, left UCLA in 2000 after his sophomore season and is now out of basketball. Rush has been vilified in Kansas City for accepting money and free shoes while attending my high school, Pembroke Hill. In your story, meanwhile, James is pictured smiling and stepping out of a limousine. Free shoes? Heck, James has personalized ones, with armbands and a mouth guard to match. In Rush's wake, my school—which did not know about his transgressions—had to forfeit three state titles, was banned from the playoffs for a year and served two years' probation. What will happen after the LeBron sweepstakes? Are you helping James promote himself or simply hurting future generations of St. Vincent-St. Mary's players?
QUIG BRUNING, Kansas City, Mo.
Thank you for placing Craig Krenzel on your cover. He is the gutsiest player in college football, and he embodies everything that is great about college sports, on and off the field. Congratulations to the undefeated national champion Buckeyes.
JOEL ALBRIGHT, Columbus, Ohio
I was impressed by Rick Reilly's sarcastic column on field judge Terry Porter (THE LIFE OF REILLY, Jan. 13). However, Reilly left out a few other things Porter did to help the Buckeyes beat the vaunted Hurricanes: He forced five Miami turnovers; he knocked Willis McGahee out of the game; he allowed OSU to make a fourth-and-14 in the first OT; and he stopped the high-powered Hurricanes offense in the second OT when they were first-and-goal from the two. Thank you, Mr. Porter. Without you, Ohio State could never have beaten Miami.
KEVIN ALTEN, Cambridge, Ohio
Porter, rather than calling it like he saw it, called it like he thought he should have seen it and took one of the greatest games ever in college football away from the players on the field.
JOHN D. PERSE, Cleveland Heights, Ohio
If the refs at the Giants-49ers playoff game had taken the same time as Porter did at the Fiesta Bowl, maybe the NFL game's last play would also have been called correctly. Rick, taking the time needed to make a decision usually results in a correct decision, or don't you remember your hasty decision to sell your Corvette (THE Life of Reilly, Dec. 10,2001)?
DENNY DeMAY, West Lafayette, Ind.
Four seconds. Exactly how long it took me to rip Reilly's article out of an otherwise outstanding issue.
COLIN BOYLE, Dublin, Ohio
The only thing more embarrassing than Porter's inexcusable pass-interference call was his pathetic attempt to explain it.
JIMMY HODGE, Franklin, Tenn.
Referees don't lose football games. Football players lose football games.
JAY F. GELBAUGH, Findlay, Ohio
Lefty Driesell has often been in the middle of controversy (Last of the Lefties, Jan. 13), but for Frank Deford to write that "he never had a single player who went on to star in the NBA" ignores many great NBA players who were coached by Driesell. Brad Davis, Len Elmore, Albert King, John Lucas, Tom McMillen and Buck Williams may never be enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame, but they were all stars in the NBA.
DONALD A. FOWLER, Harpers Ferry, W.Va.