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In reading Dan Patrick's interview with Browns running back Peyton Hillis (SCORECARD, Jan. 31), I couldn't help but shake my head at the obvious hypocrisy when it comes to race and sports. Hillis matter-of-factly states that players have said to him, "White boy, you ain't gonna run on us today." I could only imagine the apoplectic reactions from pundits both far and wide if a white player had said to a black player, "Black boy, you ain't gonna run on us today." How is it that when these types of epithets are hurled Hillis's way, there's not a peep from anyone?
Bobby Pappas, Greer, S.C.
Maybe not everyone would appreciate Phil Taylor's column The Odds Couple (POINT AFTER, Jan. 31), but I had to smile the whole time while reading it. My uncle and I have wagered $1 on the Thanksgiving Day NFL games for the past 27 years. Of course the money means nothing compared to the bragging and trash-talking rights the winner has for the next 364 days. It's become harder to hand my uncle a $1 bill if I lose that bet than it is for me to write out the checks for my mortgage and my children's college tuition.
Rick Wilson, Windber, Pa.
My college buddies and I used to bet all of the time on any game we could. Over the years we may have lost touch a bit, but you better believe that every time the Vikings play the Giants my old roommate and I will trash talk on the phone several times before the game, followed by the loser's refusal to take the winner's calls no matter what.
Will Boylan, Katonah, N.Y.
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