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June 19, 2000
I spent $100 to watch a NASCAR race, spent another $100 on food and merchandise and felt I got a good deal! It's value that's important, not price.—BRUCE KENT, San Diego
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Sprewell isn't the ultimate team player as portrayed in your article. He epitomizes everything that's wrong with sports today. It's ironic that you have an article on Sprewell preceding one about ticket prices. If Swift needs an explanation as to why attendance at sporting events is down, he need not look further than Sprewell.
DAVID GOLDBERG, Hollywood, Fla.

Tragedy Revisited
Rick Reilly's piece on Columbine student Greg Barnes moved me to tears (THE LIFE OF REILLY, May 15). It reminds us that the healing process is long and difficult. It also reminds us that some wounds run deeper than others.
ROB FINDTNER, Monmouth, Ore.

The labeling of Barnes as "One More Victim" of the Columbine tragedy is presumptuous. Barnes left no suicide note, yet Reilly assumed that the young man killed himself because of residual trauma from the shootings. Sadly, there are many reasons a young person might take his life, and the pressure of being labeled "hands-down the best schoolboy player coming back next year in Colorado" may be one of them.
JIM BEGGS, Modesto, Calif.

Worth Every Dollar
A few months ago I attended a Heat game in Miami. The ticket cost $37. Recently, I attended a Bruce Springsteen concert in Hartford. That ticket cost me $37.50. Who performed for 180 minutes without so much as a 30-second timeout? (Answer: the Boss.) Who drank at least three gallons of Gatorade and sponged himself off eight times while giving his fans their money's worth? (The Boss.) Who has the best "big man" who plays a mean sax and probably could dunk a basketball? (The Boss.) I only have one question: Mr. Springsteen, how can I purchase season tickets to you?
MONICA HAMILTON, East Syracuse, N.Y.

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