I know nearly every school in the tournament was on the March Madness preview cover, but I have to think the most appreciative readers were the Wofford students and grads who saw their team (represented by Brad Loesing) make the tournament for the first time.
Charles Christopher Cook, Durham, N.C.
I enjoyed reading Tim Layden's article (High Stakes, March 22), which brought back great memories of tournaments past. Who could forget Chris Webber, Keith Smart, Danny Manning, Carmelo Anthony, George Mason's great run, Jim Valvano and Don Haskins? The story also alerted me to players who would create new memories during this year's tournament.
Shad Adams, Fairview, Tenn.
The Perfect Team
After reading Kelli Anderson's story on the UConn women's team (Making a Run at Perfection, March 22), I thought about coach Geno Auriemma's statement that he's "as baffled as anyone" when it comes to explaining why his team is undefeated. What, has he run out of quotes? The Huskies have two player of the year candidates and by far the strongest seven players in the country. I am as baffled as anyone about why Auriemma would say he is so baffled.
Carl Sheppard, Mystic, Conn.
Loving U of U
Thank you for the wonderful story about Utah's 1943--44 basketball team (The First Cinderella, March 22). At the time, I was a 17-year-old freshman at the U of U and an avid fan of Ike Armstrong's football teams. I hadn't paid much attention to the basketball team until its incredible surge to the top. In addition to the parades there was a film of the Utes' victory over Dartmouth that ran continuously in Kingsbury Hall. After serving 27 months in the Navy, I returned to Salt Lake City for my sophomore year and had to take physical education for one quarter. Imagine my surprise when basketball coach Vadal Peterson showed up as the instructor. In those days, being the coach of a national championship team didn't excuse him from grunt work. My, how times have changed.
Ralph Greenburg, Phoenix