Letters: Women's Basketball And Roberta Flack
LIANE HANSEN, host:
Your notes to us now. And Cindy Clark's(ph) was not a thank you for last week's conversation with USA Today columnist Christine Brennan about the UConn women's basketball team's winning streak.
Clark, of Montgomery, Alabama, writes: Give me a break. When Brenna says that UConn is the only team in women's basketball that can be considered a powerhouse, she is 100 percent wrong. What about Stanford? Tennessee? Texas? Baylor? North Carolina? Maryland? Pat Summitt of Tennessee is the winningest basketball coach of all time, period. Geno Auriemma may catch up to her one day, maybe even pass her, but right now she is the top.
Unidentified Man: Connecticut gets the inbound. And UConn has one-upped UCLA. Eighty-nine consecutive wins; more than anyone in college basketball Division 1 history.
HANSEN: Bob Oppliger of Iowa City, Iowa, writes: I agree that the Connecticut women's basketball team is to be complimented on their success these past three years. Along with Russ Rose, I also agree with Ms. Brennan that women's sports are underreported by the media. Who, you ask, is Russ Rose? His Penn State women's volleyball team won its fourth consecutive NCAA title - a record - and he won his fifth title as a coach, a record too. During the past season he saw his team's 111 match winning streak end, the current record for all women's collegiate sports.
About our story on the United Parcel Service's day from hell, Pandit Wright of Washington, D.C. writes: I was having a bad UPS day when your story came on. Signature requirements and a missed delivery forced me to drive miles to pick up a package. I continued to curse them under my breath until the part about the worker who said she sang to move the time along and then did. "The Closer I Get to You" has been a favorite song of mine, from the Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway original to Luther Vandross with Beyonce, both men great singers with iconic Christmas albums whose voices I especially miss at this time of year. Thinking of them and then the young lady singing as she worked put a human face on UPS and, therefore, more tolerance in my holiday heart.
(Soundbite of song, "The Closer I Get to You")
Ms. ROBERTA FLACK (Singer): (Singing) The closer I get to you, the more you make me see...
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