I was delighted and surprised to read about Chris Mannix's testing his hatred of soccer (Are You Like Me?, June 16) by immersing himself in the sport. I was expecting the usual "Soccer is lame because nobody scores or can use their hands" screed. It was refreshing to see a journalist willing to put aside his preconceived notions and give the game an honest look.
Mike Ingoldsby, Dorchester, Mass.
If you want to turn someone on to football, you wouldn't take him to see an arena game between the Los Angeles Avengers and the New York Dragons, would you? You'd take them to Green Bay, South Bend or Odessa, Texas. It's the same with the beautiful game. Don't take a neophyte to see DC United or the New York Red Bulls—send them to Liverpool, Barcelona or Milan. If Mannix had gone to Old Trafford, the home of Manchester United, he wouldn't need five days to be converted.
William A Keller, Pflugerville, Texas
The truth is that Americans generally don't embrace soccer because it is a sport in which the U.S. is clearly inferior to numerous foreign countries.
Peter Maniatakis, Toronto
Just like Mannix, I grew up playing soccer and not really liking or appreciating it. This year I was the soccer director for an after-school program and coach for its soccer team, and I still do not see the sport's appeal: There are just too many extended periods of inactivity. I frequently played goalie to even out numbers and could monitor the program with a walkie-talkie while doing so.
Joe Berret, Alexandria, Va.
Mannix's article was a well-written, lucid, informative piece of writing—and I still hate soccer.
Shawn Northup, Temecula, Calif.
As an avid golfer, I am embarrassed by clubs like Pine Valley (POINT AFTER, June 16) that don't allow female members: Shame on any individual or institution that prohibits a woman from walking lush fairways or nailing a 30-footer for a birdie. My club, Pinehurst, encourages men and women alike to gain membership and enjoy the pleasures of golf. Come to Pinehurst, Selena Roberts—I have a tee time with your name written all over it!
Gabe Dixon, Pinehurst, N.C.
Boy, did Selena Roberts bring back memories. I vividly remember calling my local public golf course for a Saturday tee time and being told that none were available. Two minutes later my husband called and immediately had a reservation. In golf the ceiling is concrete, not glass.
Mary Wayland, Crozet, Va.
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