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Give and Take: Sunday letters

Sun., May 18, 2014, midnight

Let’s see NBA on front page

Don’t get me wrong. I like the Seahawks, Cougars, Vandals, Mariners and Shock, and enjoy articles about them in these pages.

However, the football season is still months away for the first three and I’m not sure they always rate Page 1 coverage.

On the other hand, the S-R editors might want to give more front-page ink to the NBA and NHL playoffs. There are great stories here.

Oklahoma City is trying to win its first NBA championship since winning in 1979 (as the Seattle SuperSonics). Indiana and is also vying for its first NBA title (Indy won three ABA championships in the ’70s.)

The San Antonio Spurs have ex-Zag Austin Daye and ex-WSU Coug Aron Baynes on their playoff team.

We should be reading about these guys and their teams without having to search Page 2 or down deeper. 

Dale Roloff


Disagrees with assessment

I’m sorry to write in again about this subject, but Jacob Thorpe’s article “State of Change” (May 4) calls for a closer look.

He writes that because of Bill Moos’ time at Oregon and “upgrades to facilities, uniforms and academic support…  Moos understands money will buy wins, eventually.”

The problem is, it wasn’t money that bought wins at Oregon.

It’s hard to see in hindsight, but Phil Knight and Nike were minimally involved with UO football until a year after the Rose Bowl season of 1994. That fall was Rich Brooks’ 18th as Oregon head coach, and according to Thorpe’s reasoning, it must have been the post-1996 Cotton Bowl announcement of an indoor practice facility that retroactively brought the Ducks their crucial, second nine-win season in a row (1995, under Brooks’ successor Mike Bellotti ).

It wasn’t because of the capable hands of Bellotti and the existing players who were recruited to a mediocre program. It had to be due to Nike money, right?

But the Nike money wasn’t there yet.  It wasn’t until the football team was a sustained success that Phil Knight got seriously interested in them.

Success attracts money. Moos’ approach at WSU seems just that money attracts success.

Garth Meyer


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