don't belong in high school sports (High School Players, Oct. 30). Their
parents forfeited that opportunity when they took their children out of
traditionally organized schools. Participation in interscholastic sports is a
privilege, not a right, earned through a combination of regular attendance,
passing grades and good citizenship—none of which can be verified with
homeschoolers. If these parents want to teach their kids at home, perhaps they
should start with the lesson that choices have consequences. Apparently, school
teachers aren't good enough for these kids, but coaches are?
Tom Danehy, Tucson
football team, based on its play on the field, has been in a dismal class by
itself for a long time. Their donation of $1,500 in meal money, however, to the
NCAA-approved trust fund designed to aid Clemson freshman safety Ray Ray
McElrathbey—who has custody of and is raising his 11-year-old brother,
Fahmarr—shows a different kind of class (Scorecard, Oct. 30). Congratulations
to Temple for making college football fans proud.
Chuck Clausius, Landenberg, Pa.
Mile-High Low (Inside the NFL, Oct. 30) quotes Denver Broncos middle linebacker
and defensive captain Al Wilson as "past worrying about whether the media
says I'm one of the best linebackers in the game," compared with Chicago's
Brian Urlacher and Baltimore's Ray Lewis. That's not surprising. Quarterback
John Elway is the only Bronco to be inducted into the Football Hall of Fame as
a Bronco. Denver's Steve Atwater, Randy Gradishar, Floyd Little, Karl
Mecklenburg and Gary Zimmerman are among those not honored in Canton, but they
probably would be had they played for a big-city team such as the Giants or the
Bears. Wide receiver Rod Smith has certainly had a Hall of Fame career, but
will he be honored as he should?
Budd Pippin, Venice, Fla.
I enjoyed Steve
Rushin's Stuck on the Package Tour column (Air and Space, Oct. 30) about how
those who cover sports often find themselves confronting male nudity. As a
small-town sportswriter, I have had my own experiences in this area, most
recently just a few weeks ago when a high school defensive back was so excited
that I wanted to interview him after his game that he didn't bother to finish
showering before coming out to talk to me.
Erik Hall, La Salle, Ill.
Since Rushin grew
up in Minnesota, I'm surprised he didn't mention the most infamous case of
nudity ever in Eden Prairie. In 1987 North Stars rightwinger Dino Ciccarelli
walked to the end of his driveway to get the newspaper while wearing only his
T-shirt—exposing what I guess could be called his "little dinosaur." As
it turned out, Dino was spotted by a neighbor's child, and the neighbor called
Tim Hocking, Des Moines