Ol' Collage Try
I enjoyed your cover featuring all the college basketball teams that were going to battle it out on the court to determine a true national champion. I can't wait to see a similar cover in about nine months, featuring the top eight college football teams who will meet on the gridiron and decide who is really ... oh, wait. Never mind.
Chris Barno, Tampa
Here's a sure sign you're getting old: You spend more time looking at the March Madness cover (March 23) than the entire Swimsuit Issue.
Todd Stinson, Grapevine, Texas
Making a Point
In your story on the challenge of making clutch free throws (Pressure Points, March 23), John Calipari hits on the problem when he tells players, "You're thinking too much." Being overly concerned with technical correctness has been shown to interfere with the execution of well-learned skills. Our studies, published in the 2007 Annual Review of Golf Coaching, have demonstrated that drills designed to enhance concentration and composure for self-paced tasks such as free throw shooting or hitting a golf ball result in better outcomes.
Bill Moore, performance consultant
John Stevenson, associate professor
Grand Valley State, Grand Rapids
When you mention the NCAA tournament and free throws, I think about Bo Kimble's lefthanded foul shots in honor of his deceased Loyola Marymount teammate Hank Gathers. Moments like that are more important than any win or loss.
Tyler Alt, Prairie Village, Kans.
Thank you for the article about Minnesota's state high school hockey tournament (PLAYERS, March 23). There is nothing better—no Sean Avery celebratory push-ups, no Todd Bertuzzi muggings and no contracts equal to the GDP of some countries. It is about kids who have waited their whole lives to play in the event and who give everything they've got.
Ryan Niemela, Rogers, Minn.
Thanks for the introduction to Adam Dunn (Where's the Love? March 23), the first certifiable slugger in the short but difficult history of the Washington Nationals. It sounds as if Dunn offends baseball's self-important gasbag class simply by having a sly sense of humor and letting his bat speak for itself. Since Dunn doesn't seem to mind such static, he'll be a refreshing presence in the self-important gasbag capital of the U.S.
Pedro Golkin, Arlington, Va.