Hey, SI, what a great idea: four different covers for the College Basketball Preview Issue (Nov. 21). Since only one team can win the NCAA Tournament, at least three will be able to claim they are victims of the cover jinx. Heck, it already bit Michigan State when the Spartans lost to Hawaii.
Max R. Moore, Bellevue, Neb.
All of us in Arizona still remember with venom and acrimony your Aug. 29, 1994, College Football Preview cover naming our team No. 1--and our subsequent 8-4 season. We know it has been 11 years and you may have forgotten. Please stop putting our talented but perennially cardiac-inducing Wildcats on your preview covers! We prefer to be underrated than to face the impossibly high expectations of being a media darling.
Dave Nelson, Orange, Calif.
As for the cover jinx affecting Duke, we all know that the Blue Devils have already sold their souls.
Clinton Township, Mich.
Your Duke cover shows why stopping the Blue Devils is so hard. For many opponents it must feel as though the team has eight players and two balls on the court.
Jim Ramsey, York, S.C.
In addition to top-ranked Duke, why were the Nos. 3, 4 and 6 teams given cover appearances, rather than No. 2 Texas? I am not a Longhorns fan--I'm a TCU graduate going to grad school at Texas A&M--but with Texas contending for championships in football and basketball, is that just too much burnt orange for SI?
Courtney Wellmann College Station, Texas
As a student at Oklahoma I was disappointed to see that all of your top six basketball teams except the two Big 12 schools, Texas and Oklahoma, were honored with special covers. How should the Sooners' faithful view this? Is it proof of an anti- Big 12 conspiracy or a blessed exemption from the jinx? Keep building up other conferences, and the Big 12 will keep putting teams in the Final Four.
Eric D. Epperson, Joplin, Mo.
Rams in Rebellion
I'm not familiar with the hierarchy of a pro football team, but in Fallen Idols (Nov. 21), your story on the waning fortunes of the St. Louis Rams, I read about an owner, a team president, a general manager, a director of football operations, a director of football administration, a president of football operations and a vice president of player personnel. Oh, yeah, there's a coach, too. So who's on first? Simplify the football bureaucracy, and maybe the Rams can get back to their winning ways.
Marcus Dunn, White Plains, Md.