I finished my high school career four years ago, but after reading the article I could almost taste the dirt from the grass drills and see my former teammates again. I hope your other readers identified with the story as much as I did.
Walker Valley, N.Y.
As a past player and a junior high coach, I think the article says a lot about high school football and its effect on everyone involved. I can relate to the various individuals on the Vicksburg team, as they are representative of youngsters all over the country. Bil Gilbert did a great job of getting the feeling across. STEPHEN D. WOLKOFF
Bil Gilbert's Senior Season was unmercifully long and hopelessly clich�.
The emergence of Charlie Criss as a star in the NBA (Very Short and Sweet in Atlanta
, Nov. 14) comes as no surprise to those of us who had the opportunity and pleasure of watching him perform his basketball wizardry in the Eastern Basketball League. Having lived in Allentown, Pa., home of the Allentown Jets, I was able to see several games between the Jets and the Scranton Apollos, Criss' team. It was not a rarity to find at the end of a game that Criss alone had outscored the entire backcourt of the Jets. A 40-point game from this human spark plug was a frequent occurrence.
TODD S. RAYMIS
Jerry Kirshenbaum's article on Atlanta's Charlie Criss is inspiring. What professional basketball needs is more people of Criss' determination.
REVIEWING THE REVIEW
Jonathan Yardley's review of The Game They Played by Stanley Cohen (BOOKTALK, Oct. 24) was shallow and unkind. Both my son and I read the book, and we enjoyed it immensely.
To say the book was irritating because Cohen injects himself into the story is asinine. The author's reminiscences, especially when he takes a walk with his son through the streets where he spent his childhood and to the schoolyard where he played basketball, were sensitive and heartwarming.
Clearly, Yardley's review was based upon regional animosity and a distaste for New York. That is all well and good, but it hardly contributes to an objective review. I thought the book was great.