The Winning Touch
I enjoyed your piece on the power of high fives (High Fives, March 15), not only for the statistical correlation between physical contact and success but also for the humorous stories of failed high fives. I noticed that the pictures included both male and female athletes, but when I read the article, there was little mention of women athletes. Perhaps a chest bump is not as common on a women's athletic field, but the bond of a high five is powerful for all athletes.
Annie O'Gara, Glenview, Ill.
Love and Basketball
In an era when perceptions of athletics are influenced by news and events in the college and pro ranks, Chris Ballard (POINT AFTER, March 15) needed to look no further than his aging father to—in a single page—beautifully summarize the meaning of sports.
David Sandman, Santa Monica, Calif.
I am 61 and still play basketball twice a week with guys ranging from 25 to 64. When I'm 71, I want to be like Phil Ballard!
David A. Petreman, Bellbrook, Ohio
I'm going to keep this column so that the next time my wife asks how I can spend an hour shooting pool with my son and not discuss anything of importance, I'll simply (and silently) hand it to her.
Bill O'Brien, Deland, Fla.