Jack McCallum's article From Sleepers to Keepers (March 9) mentioned many players with small-school roots who have made it big in the NBA, but it is hard to believe that McCallum failed to include Robert Parish and his alma mater, Centenary College in Shreveport, La. With 750 students, Centenary is the smallest NCAA Division I school, and as any fan will attest, Parish has made it big enough in the NBA.
MICHAEL A. DUKE
It would have been nice to see you mention the Indiana Pacers' Rik Smits, a 1988 product of Marist College.
The great article about Arizona State wrestling coach Bobby Douglas (A Man of the Ash, March 9) nicely addresses the struggle wrestling has today to remain alive as a collegiate sport. Each year brings a new list of colleges and universities that have dropped wrestling as a varsity sport. Douglas summed it up when he said, "The struggle is always to keep the spirit of wrestling alive.... We can't compete with football or basketball in sponsorship money, but we do in the men we produce." Perhaps those colleges that have let wrestling fall by the wayside have forgotten that their first job as educational institutions is to create great human beings and not bulging bank accounts.
I was disappointed that your article about Sharon Matola and the Belize Zoo (Queen of the Jangle, March 9) made no mention of Wildlife Preservation Trust International. We have supported Matola and her work since 1985. Indeed, the program for the grand opening of the Belize Zoo last Dec. 7 recalls the statement Matola has often made, that without our support there would be no zoo: "Thanks to the people who have stood by the Belize Zoo...to the World Wildlife Fund-U.S. and especially to Wildlife Preservation Trust International." I am confident that Matola emphasized our contribution, so I am puzzled that your writer highlighted the World Wildlife Fund in his story, but failed to mention our role.
JERRY A. EBERHART
Wildlife Preservation Trust International
Cristina Sànchez, Bullfighter
I found it disheartening that you chose to run an article about a woman bullfighter (A Woman's Place, March 9) in your swimsuit issue. While this brave, young Spanish woman is trying to earn a place in a sport dominated by men, a group of barely clad women descend on her country to garner all the attention. Perhaps you could have waited a week to let the readers see a woman in Spain who is making a difference in sports.
There can be no sport in a contest in which the result is always the same and comprises the torture and eventual death of an animal. When human athletes participate in their sports, they know the dangers and choose to take the risk. These bulls have no choice and they always die.
E. MITCHELL ARION, V.M.D.
I would like to commend Alexander Wolff on his excellent article about Alonzo Mourning (Mourning's Glory, March 2). While most of the media has hyped Duke's Christian Laettner and UCLA's Don MacLean, Zo has steadily improved at Georgetown and has proved to be the best senior in the country. While some may not like Mourning's style, team or coach, no one can question his heart.
PUAN M. WALLACE
Tedious Waning Minutes
Instead of solving the problem, the rule awarding two free throws after 10 fouls has only added to foul-line tedium at the end of college basketball games (INSIDE COLLEGE BASKETBALL, March 2). Teams behind on the scoreboard will foul anyway, so the two-shot rule actually adds to the length of games. The NCAA should return to the one-and-one.
A little more than a year ago you published an excellent article on the Crow Indian reservation in Montana (Shadow of a Nation, Feb. 18, 1991). Gary Smith's story detailed the lives and untimely deaths of several basketball players but ended on an upbeat note as one man, Jonathan Takes Enemy, fought to escape the environment that had led to the downfall of so many others. Could you update Jonathan's story?
BOB VAN SICKLE
•Takes Enemy, 26, is still doing well. He's living with his girlfriend, Trudi Big Hair, and their two children, in Billings. A sophomore with a 2.7 grade point average at Rocky Mountain College, he was the only returning starter on this season's basketball team. As a guard for the Bears, he averaged 16.3 points and four assists per game and was named to the All Frontier Conference's first team.—ED.
J. MARK KEGANS/BILLINGS GAZETTE
Takes Enemy is still the Bears' go-to guy.
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