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Regarding David Futrelle's article suggesting that sports represent an outlet for male aggression ("Culture: Confessions of a Bad Sport," September 23): Had you consistently addressed football or boxing throughout your waste of space, I would have certainly appreciated your opinions. But to generalize sports as being merely sublimated aggression, you fail to account for the thrill one obtains from skiing down a mountain. Is rollerblading no longer a sport? And I suppose it is rare for males to enjoy tennis or squash, where competitors are not yet permitted to beat each other over the head with their rackets? Perhaps you should have devoted more than a few paragraphs to account for your personal feelings of shame and failure with respect to sports, so that no one would misinterpret your perspective as well-rounded, intellectual journalism. You could have at least spent all that extra time with a good analyst.

J. Stein

Chicago

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