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Mary Christmas
Thank you for Harrison Fletcher's "Virgin Rebirth," in the December 10 issue. What a pleasure to read--and what a nice story this holiday season!

Joy Friedel
Denver

The statue described and pictured in the article appears to be Our Lady of St. John of the Lake. Auraria library has a number of books about retablos and devotional paintings. One is Miracles on the Border: Retablos of Mexican Migrants to the United States. There are several paintings of Our Lady of St. John of the Lake that show the spiked halo, the tall crown, the moon on which the lady stands and the pedestal, which appears to be typical. Most do not show the wheel-shaped decorations on the robe, though they appear on the wood statue I own. In every example I have seen, the lady's hair is not covered by a veil, such as Our Lady of Guadalupe wears.

M. Grotzky
via the Internet

A Lonely Courtship
Regarding C.J. Janovy's "Court and Spark," in the December 17 issue:
I am a Nuggets fan and have been since they were the Rockets. Until this season, I had followed the Colorado Xplosion through the occasional newspaper article, which was usually hidden in the back of the sports section. Every once in a while they would show up on cable TV. I knew they had something special going, but as a single parent on a budget, I was only motivated to actually attend a game when the NBA decided to self-destruct this year. What a wonderful experience! I just got back from an exciting game against the Chicago Condors, which the Xplosion hung on to win, and I also attended their home opener, which they lost by one point. In that game, I traded high-fives with center Alisa Burras's parents when the excitement peaked.

Finding the Xplosion is like finding a diamond in the rough. They don't draw huge crowds, but they should. When they invented the word "scrappy," they were thinking of Debbie Black. The Nuggets have never had a player who worked so hard, and that's saying a lot. Their All-Star power forward, Tari Phillips, is now playing fantastically (and she sings a mean "Star-Spangled Banner"). Edna Campbell shoots lights out. The rest of the team and the new coach give their all, every minute.

Why do some teams continue to draw full stadiums while others have to scrape to get a few thousand? If you're tired of the NBA prima donnas, check out this team and the rest of the ABL. The camaradarie among those who attend is special, and the players are very accessible. Even the X-Bear mascot rocks. If you're like me, you'll be back.

David Lowenstein
via the Internet

Yeah, I watch basketball. And I watch women's basketball. I support women's athletics because I think that girls need to see women doing athletic, active things. Hell, I think women need to see other women doing athletic, active things. So I was totally psyched to see that the Colorado Xplosion was on the cover of Westword (which I read when I'm in town visiting my folks and my sister). I read the story (being, of course, a fan of women in sports), and I was appalled at the last part of the article, particularly this incredibly inane and offensive line: "But you have to be willing to take your daughter to a game where two-thirds of the fans sitting around you are lesbians."

Excuse me? What the hell does that have to do with going to the games and watching a group of talented, athletic women kick ass on a basketball court? Oh, no! There are lesbians in the crowd? "Well, I'd take my daughter to watch the Xplosion, but she might catch lesbian cooties." Or, worse yet, she might actually see lesbians doing really scary things like watching a basketball game along with everyone else in the crowd.

Let's play a little associative game: "Well, I'd like to take my daughter to a Colorado Xplosion game, but there might be [choose one or more of the following] Asian/Jewish/Latino/Black/ White/differently abled/anyone-who's-not-like-me people in the crowd."

Not only does that statement have nothing to do with the gist of the article (it's not titled "Women With Balls and the Lesbians Who Watch Them"), but it's ignorant and offensive! So lesbians are some kind of "undesirables" and shouldn't be around young women? What other creepy-ass rightist myths does C.J. Janovy support? Who cares who's watching the games? The important thing is that people go and watch the games and support their local women athletes! It's not an article about lesbians and sports. It's not an article about the sociocultural backgrounds of people who watch sports. It's about the Colorado Xplosion and the fact that a bigger crowd turnout would be great.

Well, even though I read that article and I found out there are lesbians in the crowd, I'm going to go to a game tonight! I'll go to every freakin' game I can! And if I run into young girls along the way, damn right I'm bringing them along to sit and cheer with me and everybody else! That's what the game is about!

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