In reading Talk of the Town (Dec. 5), I was greatly disturbed that the high school team from North College Hill, Ohio, brought in schoolboy stars O.J. Mayo and Bill Walker to help its basketball program become a financial success. I believe sports should teach you how to lose, how to maintain self-control, how to respect your opponent, how to cooperate with others and how to give back to the community--and teach the immense difference between winning and success. It seems that schoolboy basketball has become about feeding the NBA. What isn't shown in that disturbing picture of the sullen NCH team are the hundreds of boys who quit basketball along the way because it had grown too intense, and was no longer fun.
Jim Holm, Maple Plain, Minn.
When I read Rick Reilly's column on how Houston's Texas Christian School fielded a team of college-age ringers, I rechecked the date of the issue to make sure this was not an April Fools' joke (LIFE OF REILLY, Dec. 5). Herc Palmquist owns and runs a Christian school? What kind of values and what kind of spirituality do they teach? This moron should not be allowed to teach or coach again.
Daniel Cotter, Chicago
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