I am not a man who prays often, but my thoughts and prayers go out to Julian Swartz and others with OCD.
—MIKE FLOOD, Philadelphia
I would like to commend Rick Reilly on his column about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Julian Swartz (THE LIFE OF REILLY, NOV. 20). It's wonderful to see the way Swartz is overcoming his fears while helping others. We may never fully comprehend what goes through Julian's mind, but thanks for scratching the surface.
JIMMY HARRIS, Conway, Ark.
My daughter has OCD, and at times the disorder is as frustrating to me as it is traumatic and possibly fatal to her. There is no way that I can feel what she feels or appreciate her pain and inability to cope. Reilly's story gave me a new appreciation of what she goes through.
LANNY GORMAN, Kalispell, Mont.
Rico and Willie
As a longtime basketball official in New York's Public School Athletic League (PSAL), I enjoyed your article on point guards. But I wanted to mention a player worthy of consideration for your list had he not decided to play professional baseball. Rico Petrocelli, the fine Boston Red Sox shortstop, was an all-city point guard at Brooklyn's Sheepshead Bay High in 1961, and many of us who saw him play think he would have been great in college. Willie Worsley of DeWitt Clinton High in the Bronx and the Texas Western team that beat Kentucky in 1966 is another point guard who was terrific.
HANK LAM, Brooklyn
I commend Kostya Kennedy for his informative and objective article on Marty McSorley's suspension by the NHL (Up Against It, Nov. 20). Commissioner Gary Bettman made the right decision. The fact that McSorley is a repeat offender and the seriousness of his assault on Donald Brashear are reasons enough to warrant the punishment. I doubt anyone believes that McSorley intended to badly injury Brashear, but badly injure him he did. Until behavioral patterns in the NHL change, we face the possibility of someone's being killed on the ice.
REYNALDO SAMBOLIN, Luquillo, P.R.
Serial slasher McSorley's protestations about his treatment by the NHL ring hollow to the parents of youth hockey players across the country. As a hockey mom and as an official of a recreation board serving 260 boys and girls in our community, I believe that violence cannot be tolerated. We teach our kids to do what Brashear tried to do: skate away. What's at stake here is not just McSorley's hockey future, but the future of the sport itself.
MARGE VEEDER, International Falls, Minn.
Not only do you not rank Syracuse, but you also don't even choose the Orange to make the NCAA tournament (Scouting Reports, Nov. 20). History has taught us that coach Jim Boeheim does his best work when expectations are low, as in 1995-96 when an unheralded Syracuse team went to the Final Four. The Orange has a team that can shoot and, as always, plays tenacious zone D. If its early-season victory against No. 21 DePaul is any indication, this will be another successful season for Syracuse.
JEFF LESSERSON, New York City
Dayton not in your top 65? In March when you have to eat crow, write me for a recipe.
THOMAS J. WEHRMAN, Chickasaw, Ohio
No Pain, No Gain
As someone who has played for Jim Calhoun and has known him for 30 years, I can understand why some of the Big East players you polled for your college basketball preview issue think he is too demanding (Nov. 20). However, those players should ask themselves one question: Has your coach ever won a national championship?
BILL LITTLETON, Worcester, Mass.
Cause and Effect
Your SCORECARD item headlined Who Needs the Tour? (Nov. 20) showed that an excellent athlete can go from "I want to be a member of the club" to "to hell with them" when the big bucks start rolling in. You said, "[ Tiger Woods is] the reason pro golf has boomed." You never mentioned that golf is the reason Tiger's bank account has boomed.
MIKE FRAUENDORFF, Chicago Ridge, Ill.