Coach Mike Krzyzewski's decision to have Brian Zoubek purposely miss his second foul shot with 3.6 seconds left against Butler was one of the worst decisions in the history of the NCAA tournament. I'm surprised at how rarely it has been called into question, because if Gordon's Hayward's shot had gone in and Duke had lost, Coach K's reputation would have been changed forever.
Joe McCarthy, Coventry, R.I.
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Wow, what a great story about last year's NCAA final (A Fling and a Prayer, March 21). I love the way Tim Layden vividly walked you through what Hayward did, from making long-range shots in practice to the final seconds of the title game, when he had the ball in his hands behind midcourt. Even though I knew the outcome, I was taken back to that moment, hoping the last shot by Hayward would hit ... nothing but net.
Terry Jensen, Caldwell, Idaho
Back to the Future
As I read Joe Posnanski's story on future prospects in Kansas City (Royals, Flush, March 21) I took time to close my eyes and imagine the glorious scenario he painted. I envisioned the parade cruising down Ward Parkway with World Series MVP Eric Hosmer waving excitedly to the crowd. By the time I finished reading I had tears in my eyes. As a lifelong Royals fan I want to thank you for the inspiration and for making my spring.
Ryan Bartlett, Minneapolis
With all of the great possibilities in the Royals' farm system, I'm happy for Kansas City fans, who have long suffered with their team. But as a die-hard fan of another AL Central team, the Twins, I am now worried about what will happen to mine.