What Jason Kidd is doing with the Suns is what Magic Johnson did
with the Lakers. Kidd is a superstar already.
--ANDRES SOMPRISE SOYO, Phoenix
Die-hard Vikings fans such as myself are fortunate to have Daunte
Culpepper spiraling passes to speedy Randy Moss (Swinging for the
Fences, Dec. 4). If these two remain teamed up in Minnesota for
the next decade, they will become the best pass-catch pairing
ever--and the Vikings will finally achieve victory in the Super
JIM SIMKINS, Orange, Calif.
All year long I've heard sportswriters and analysts rave about
Culpepper's performance, comparing it to that of other
quarterbacks in the NFL draft class of 1999. Let's be honest, if
any of those other quarterbacks were teamed with Cris Carter,
Randy Moss and Robert Smith, he'd be wowing fans. The class of
'99 quarterback who has outdone Culpepper is Donovan McNabb. In
less than two years he has taken the Eagles from the bottom of
their division to the playoffs, was Philadelphia's leading rusher
and passer this season, and ran for 125 yards against the
Redskins in a must-win game on the road, even though he has had
no superstar offensive teammates to help him out.
ROY CARPENTER IV, Manlius, N.Y.
It is nice to see an article on a player who knows how basketball
is supposed to be played (Breathtaking, Dec. 4). Jason Kidd
should serve as a model to younger players and NBA veterans. It's
frustrating to hear certain players say they are going to step up
their game for the playoffs. We are paying to see them play hard
KEVIN GULA, Brighton, Mass.
Just Another Pretty Face
As a lifelong Giants fan, I loved your article on Jason Sehorn
and Angie Harmon (Sitting Pretty, Dec. 4). The Hollywood glamour,
the glitz, the heartwarming romance--it was fantastic. The only
thing you forgot to mention was the fact that Sehorn has devolved
into a totally average (at best) cornerback.
MARC S. GOURAN, Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y.
While reading your puff piece on Sehorn, I wondered why it didn't
appear in a more appropriate publication, like PEOPLE.
JOHN SHARKEY, Columbus, Ohio
Your article on the Devils' John Madden (Madden, Cruising, Dec.
4) was four pages too short, and the one on Sehorn four pages too
RICK JAHNKE, New Milford, N.J.
It was reaffirming to read of the love and respect Culpepper,
Madden and Sehorn have for the women who raised them. My brother
and I also were raised by our mother under difficult economic
circumstances and, like Madden, in a bad neighborhood. Thanks to
her love and guidance, we grew up to be decent people leading
respectable lives. I applaud Culpepper, Madden and Sehorn for
remembering who helped make them what they are.
GEORGE HAYWARD, Lancaster, Calif.
In Defense of Davis
Peter King wrote of "whispers" in Washington that attributed
Redskins running back Stephen Davis's decline in yardage this
season to the contract extension he signed earlier (INSIDE THE
NFL, Dec. 4). Did King consider that Davis had rushed for 1,000
yards after 11 games, despite running behind an offensive line
missing its starting center and a Pro Bowl guard? That Davis had
run for more than 100 yards against the Bucs, one of the NFL's
stingiest defenses? That the Redskins' passing game was not as
successful as it was last year?
ANDY DHOKAI, Alexandria, Va.
Thanks for the article on 49ers quarterback Jeff Garcia (Panning
Out, Dec. 4). Succeeding Joe Montana and Steve Young is a tough
job, but Garcia went out and showed what a superb player he is.
KAREN P. PEARMAN, Kernersville, N.C.
I enjoyed your "Fuzzy Math" item in SCORECARD (Dec. 4) that
showed how, by using a strange formula, Kent State could be
considered one of the top teams in the country. However, if you
continue applying the formula, Oklahoma remains No. 1 because
Kent State lost to Bowling Green, which lost to Michigan, which
lost to UCLA, which lost to USC, which lost to Notre Dame, which
lost to Nebraska, which lost to Oklahoma. Wow!
KYLE MCDONNELL, Birmingham, Mich.
COLOR PHOTO: JAMES DRAKE
Not Your Average Joe
It's admirable that Daunte Culpepper wants to be the best
quarterback ever, but first he needs to become the best Viking
to wear number 11. Anyone who watched the courageous Joe Kapp
play knows that Culpepper has a ways to go.
PETE ZUGELDER, Eugene, Ore.