I can't believe there was no mention of Illinois guard Cory Bradford in your article about the three-point shot in college basketball (Trey Magnifique, Dec. 5). Bradford holds the NCAA record for consecutive games with at least one three-point field goal made (88), a streak that hasn't been broken in 10 years.
Jordan Coleman, Mattoon, Ill.
I think the worst thing to happen to basketball was the creation of the three-point shot. It's made teaching the fundamentals of shooting harder at every level. As a basketball coach, I've seen kids who can't even make a layup heave the ball from behind the arc. Most are too small to shoot from that range, so they end up flinging the ball like a football, making that bad form the foundation for their shot down the road. It's really a shame.
While I agree with Justin Verlander when he says that the term MVP should not mean the best player on a team (SCORECARD, Dec. 5), I disagree with his belief that the MVP award should go to someone from a winning team. That may work with everyday players, but when considering a starting pitcher for the award, voters should evaluate the team's winning percentage when their starter is in the game versus its winning percentage when he's not. If the guy is getting his team wins when he's on the mound, that's all that matters.
Fredrick Vars, Birmingham