I am surprised there was no mention that three players from this year's draft played on the same high school team (The Future Is Now, May 8). Marcedes Lewis (first round, Jacksonville), Winston Justice (second round, Philadelphia) and Darnell Bing (fourth round, Oakland) were teammates at Long Beach ( Calif.) Poly.
Armando Aleman, Lawndale, Calif.
Editor's Note: The only other high school with three former players in this year's draft is De La Salle (Concord, Calif.), with Maurice Jones-Drew (second round, Jacksonville), Demetrius Williams (fourth round, Baltimore) and Kevin Simon (seventh round, Washington).
Not Separated at Birth
When I saw the picture of Spike Lee and LaVar Arrington in Scorecard (May 8), I was grateful for the note clarifying that Spike was on the left. Otherwise I would never have guessed which one was the 255-pound linebacker.
Greg Livengood, Renton, Wash.
Mascot with a Past
I found your Kansas Jayhawks logo makeover to be humorous (Scorecard, May 8), but I think you should be discussing the total removal of the nickname and logo due to the pain and suffering its history recalls. No other major university has a nickname that was first used by a terrorist organization. The Jayhawkers were bands of thieves and cutthroats who made murderous excursions into Missouri, sometimes stealing slaves and then, instead of freeing them, profiting by putting them back up for sale. The Missourians, or Bushwhackers, responded to the barbarism, and, sadly, our record of revenge is nothing to be proud of. In a time when terrorism is again on the front pages, the name of Kansas's mascot is a grim reminder of some of the terrible violence in our nation's past.
James Sterling, Columbia, Mo.
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