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Teddy Barbeau, Boston
As a gym owner and boxing coach, I would like to thank Rick Reilly for writing the column on Extreme ChickFights (LIFE OF REILLY, May 2). These ladies walk in and fight with little or no training, oblivious to the potential consequences. I won't even let kids spar, much less compete in a match, until I know they are physically and mentally ready. I hope a good attorney can force Marie--who is so proud of her success that she doesn't want her last name known--to shut down.
Larry Kern, Enterprise, Miss.
While it's sad these women will brawl for money, it's worse that America has spent more than $2 million on this garbage.
Todd Lane, Atlanta
As one who aspired to be Priest Holmes-- Lou Brock, actually--and is now a priest, I enjoy Steve Rushin's frequent references to growing up as a Catholic-school student (AIR AND SPACE, May 2). While he noted the headline OUR LADY THRASHES ST. PETER, I'm often amused by the purportedly true story about a school bulletin that implored students to "Come out and watch our basketball team kill Christ the King."
Dan O'Connor, Alexandria, La.
Being a devout Catholic and soccer fan, I was pleased to be reminded of the way Pope John Paul II stayed in touch with his followers through sports. You didn't mention, however, that in 1990 he changed his usual appearance at a Sunday service to a Saturday novena to avoid a conflict with Italy's World Cup match. The pope said he didn't want to cause any philosophical debates among the Italian people.