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Basketball team needs more than just fans

In the Nov. 16 letter"Fan support needed to rebuild basketball program," the author appeals to students of the University of Iowa to support their men's basketball program. My first thought was maybe he should be more concerned about losing to South Dakota State and less concerned about who comes (or doesn't come) to watch losses like that.

I'll be honest: As a Badger fan living in Iowa City, I found his commentary quite humorous. He mentions Iowa's "golden years" as the 2005-06 season, a year that saw them make the Big Dance, an accomplishment many teams achieve every year. He fails to mention Iowa lost, in the first round, to basketball powerhouse Northwestern State (Who? That's sarcasm, Iowa fans).

He also uses the plural "golden years," yet mentions only one season (2005-06). So one Big Ten title and one first-round loss equals the "golden years" of Iowa basketball? As a Badger fan, I set the bar much higher and was surprised at reading this, not only because it demonstrates the apparently fickleness of Iowa fans but also what minimal standards constitute golden years.

For the sake of the program, I hope more fans attend the games because, according to the author, it will "help lead to success" (good players don't hurt, either). Of course if (when?) that doesn't happen, console yourself Hawkeye fans — if you want to see a packed stadium and banners commemorating NCAA berths, Madison is only three hours away.

John Brewer
Iowa City resident

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