Love/Hate Mail 



Shame on you, Martin Brady, for using the term ”Nashville-caliber“ as a condescending, demeaning remark (”Without Rival,“ Mar. 9). The outlet for your talent is a Nashville newspaper (which, I might add, is given away free at every street corner and supermarket in the area), while the people who see those Nashville-caliber actors to whom you refer are willing to pay for that opportunity. In the same spirit in which you used the term, would you label yourself a ”Nashville-caliber reviewer“? Does where one chooses to use one’s talents, in and of itself, enhance or diminish the quality of that talent? I would suggest to you that many of the actors who are working in Nashville, myself among them (a New Jersey transplant), are here because we want to be—not because we can’t make it somewhere else. And you?

Maryanna Clarke (Hendersonville)


I wouldn’t and don’t question for a moment how disappointing and unfair it was for Vanderbilt not to have been selected as one of the 64 teams to participate in the NCAA tournament. Coach Stallings came in here and took a team he didn’t recruit and accomplished more than anyone expected. Moreover, he beat the teams he needed to beat to qualify for the tournament. But it didn’t happen, it was a mistake, and the disappointment is bitter.

But I have read some things recently that are disturbing. One, that Coach Stallings didn’t go to any of the tournament games here in Nashville and is not going to watch any of them on TV because Vandy wasn’t selected, and two, his team played poorly against Wake Forest in the NIT because his players were so down for not having been selected for the ”Dance.“

Somebody needs to grow up. At a time when Coach Stallings could have shown more class than a dozen coaches in college basketball, he plays right into the hands of those decision makers who didn’t pick Vandy. I don’t care if you’re playing for a box of popcorn—if the ball is tipped up and you’re called upon to compete, and particularly if you charge admission prices to see the team play, then it’s time to indulge in a little character check and see how you and your team can overcome adversity. That didn’t happen, and the excuse-making is wearing a little thin.

There are people all over this town dying of cancer and other illnesses. They’re facing disappointment too. The ultimate disappointment, in fact. Coach, take a good hard look at your sense of self-pity and compare it to theirs. Maybe you need to spend some time with Kaia Jergenson.

Rob Wheeler (Goodlettsville)


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