College basketball has one shining moment. The NBA has one
whining moment after another.
--JOE WABICK, Winnipeg
LET US COUNT THE WAYS
How is it possible that you could only think of 50 reasons (The
50 Reasons Why College Basketball Is Better Than Pro Basketball,
Nov. 23)? This piece must have been written during your writer's
coffee break. Next time, spend a half hour on this project, and
you'll come up with 500 reasons.
TIMOTHY JEBSEN, Midland, Texas
Here's another reason: four days in March; 48 games; from 64
teams to the Sweet 16.
MARK OZBURN, Westwood, N.J.
College basketball is all about the name on the front of the
jersey. Pro basketball is all about the name on the back.
JASON CHEHOSKI, Columbia, S.C.
I disagree with reason number 41. Everyone knows that Dick Vitale
is loud and obnoxious, but name one person who has ever gotten as
excited about the NBA as Vitale does about the college game.
SHAWN EVERS, Ogallala, Neb.
I came up with some reasons why pro basketball is so much better
than college: no illegal recruiting, no fake classes, no alumni
CRAIG STALZER, Hicksville, N.Y.
The reality is that NCAA basketball is corrupt, while NBA
basketball is merely arrogant and hypocritical. That's a big
NOAH LIBERMAN, Chicago
Steve Rushin is just the latest cranky voice participating in
the new American pastime: expressing indignation and resentment
toward overpaid, underprincipled pro athletes. The corrective
measures are simple. Don't go to the games. Don't watch them on
television. Don't buy the hideous shoes. In short, force the
pros to fold their tents. Imagine if the glorious last game
played as a senior was the last game, period, and the next step
for everyone was becoming useful to the daily workings of the
JOHN BRINKERHOFF, Ostrander, Ohio
When Rushin said that there had been nothing in recent memory in
the NBA to match Villanova, a No. 8 seed, winning the 1985 NCAA
tournament, he was forgetting the 1994-95 Houston Rockets, who
won the NBA championship despite being the sixth seed in the
LEE DAVIS, Dallas
College has the ACC. The NBA has the Atlantic Division. Enough
JEMES KITCES, Austin
DEJA VU ALL OVER AGAIN?
Does anyone else see the similarities between Miami of Ohio's
Wally Szczerbiak (Wally World, Nov. 23) and Larry Bird when he
played at Indiana State? Both are forwards, and both enrolled at
colleges overshadowed by the local Big Ten school. Bird led his
team to the Final Four. Will Wally do the same?
JOE SWEENEY, Portland, Maine
TEAMS ON THE BUBBLE
How could you leave out Ohio State, with a lineup of Jerry Lucas,
John Havlicek, Clark Kellogg, Jimmy Jackson and Dennis Hopson
(The Alltime Alumni Weekend, Nov. 23)?
HEATH J. FLORKEY
Grove City, Ohio
How could you put Notre Dame, a school that has never won an NCAA
basketball title, in your field? Marquette certainly deserves a
spot, based on their 1977 NCAA championship and their runner-up
finish in 1974. My starters are Doc Rivers, Butch Lee, George
Thompson, Bo Ellis and Maurice Lucas.
TOM JANOWSKI, Latham, N.Y.
I would include St. John's. A starting lineup of Jayson Williams,
Chris Mullin, Bill Wennington, Walter Berry and Malik Sealy would
definitely win some games.
MATT JAFFE, Taftville, Conn.
What about UTEP coached by Don Haskins? Its frontcourt might not
be as strong as others, but a three-guard offense led by Tiny
Archibald, Tim Hardaway and Bobby Joe Hill would give the
LUIS VALDES, Decatur, Ga.
I'm nominating Wake Forest, with Rodney Rogers, Charlie Davis,
Tim Duncan, Muggsy Bogues and Randolph Childress.
SCOTT P. GRAHAM, Atlanta
You forgot Arkansas, with Sidney Moncrief, Todd Day, Oliver
Miller, Lee Mayberry and Corliss Williamson.
J. NEWSOM, Longview, Texas
COLOR PHOTO: MANNY MILLAN [Darrell Griffith in game]
Deserving of a Bid
A playoff among the 16 best college basketball programs of all
time that doesn't include seven-time Final Four participant and
two-time national champion Louisville, with Wes Unseld, Darrell
Griffith (above), Pervis Ellison, Rodney McCray and Derek Smith
(The Alltime Alumni Weekend, Nov. 23)? I don't think so.
C.D. KAPLAN, Louisville