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What is he saying about UNLV?

Why doesn't it matter if all athletes at UNLV major in the history of table tennis? Are they too stupid to be taught?

Hey! I goed there for college!

Rod

Las Vegas, NV

Apr 3 2007 - 9:01pm

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Great article. I was fascinated to learn about the Drake Group, an organization which is actually fighting the academic abuses by athletic departments.

Yes, the system fails so-called "student" athletes, even the European-Americans. It is good to learn about it.

It is appalling to note that young African-American males are far more likely to be in prison than college.

But pop a brew and have some wings, enjoy the game. No racism here, thank you!

Adam Burke

Iowa City, IA

Mar 23 2007 - 3:36pm

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As my first City Editor told me many times, "So the hell what?"

Give me a (censored) break, Bob. Doesn't The Nation/et.al have better things to wring its hands about? Wait, what am I saying? I know the answer.

The Upper West Side, Berkeley and Dupont Circle resent the fact that they have to pay attention to sports once in a while, so we're going to trot out the old Adolph Rupp quotes and hear about what a dark and seedy business it all is, and that there is deeply masked racism hiding inside every money-grubbing coach's heart?! Can we just hang up the white guilt for one @#$!@! month and just enjoy it?

I'm not a sports fan by a long shot, but March Madness is still pound for pound the greatest event in contemporary athletics--take away the endorsements, the egos, the coaches, the deals and what do you have left?

You get a month of nothing but 40 minutes at a time of the best basketball you will see all year, kids going hard or going home. Kids from places like Winthrop, Eastern Kentucky, Butler and little Texas A&M Corpus Christi get their chance to knock off the Big Guys. The Tournament is the Great Equalizer, something I thought you Limosine Collectivists would appreciate.

I watched all three of the O.T. games last Saturday.. six hours! It felt like twenty minutes because it was that good.

Bob, chill out, grab a High Life and some wings and enjoy the game with the rest of us. It's only once a year, after all.

Marcos Sanchez

Arlington, Virginia

Mar 22 2007 - 1:49pm

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Are you kidding me? The article about March Madness was absolutely ridiculous!

I'm sorry that a coach said the N word back in the 60s. It's really too bad. BUT it is absolutely condescending to assume that the N word is reason for a talented kid to quit playing basketball.

I'm sorry that March Madness has turned into a corporate event, but so has about everything. The kids love the attention and excitement, and I love watching.

Christy Fisher

Tucson, AZ

Mar 22 2007 - 12:05pm