I do not understand how Alexander Wolff was able to write such an in-depth story about the evolution of college basketball and the importance of dribbling (To Survive You Must Evolve) without ever mentioning how so many players illegally carry the basketball—which means they have stopped dribbling. Not even the best defender can keep up with a player who is palming the ball as he spins or tries to make a move.
Victor Druten, Shawnee, Kans.
Shoot 'Em Up
I enjoyed Luke Winn's article about the high-scoring Loyola Marymount--LSU game from 1990 (The Past Was Fast) and wanted you to know the up-tempo offense is still alive at Division II West Liberty (W.Va.) University. The Hilltoppers' full-court press and quick offensive sets lead to layups and three-point shots. They scored 102.4 points per game last year—the highest average in Divisions I and II—down from 111.3 the previous season. Through Monday this year's squad is 3--0 and averaging an even 100.
Gary Kenamond, Wheeling, W.Va.
I cannot believe Austin Murphy thinks that Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall are the best quarterback-receiver tandem in Bears history (It's Getting a Little Offensive) after only half a season. Surely Murphy has heard of these legendary Chicago passing combinations: Ed Brown to Harlan Hill, Bill Wade to Johnny Morris, Jim McMahon to Willie Gault. Murphy also suggests that Cutler is the Bears' most talented quarterback ever. I guess Sid Luckman's four NFL championships in Chicago mean nothing.
Bobby Friedlander, Richland, Mich.
I appreciate the levelheadedness Phil Taylor brought to the table in his column about race and the NBA (POINT AFTER). The misguided uproar over the perceived lack of diversity on the Timberwolves' roster is sad. No one makes a big deal about the NBA being 80% African-American, yet 10 non-African-American players on one team all of a sudden raises an eyebrow? Sometimes we need to look past color and just rejoice in the game.