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March 09, 1998
Your article on Sudafed opened a Pandora's box of evil medicine and created an epidemic where none previously existed.—STEPHEN P. FALVEY New Rochelle, N.Y.
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Your article on Sudafed opened a Pandora's box of evil medicine and created an epidemic where none previously existed.
—STEPHEN P. FALVEY New Rochelle, N.Y.

Super Bowl XXXII
No doubt, no doubt, the greatest Super Bowl ever (Seven Up, Feb. 2). No player deserved to win it more than John Elway, and no player did more to win it.

Finally, a Super Bowl deserving of its title.

Not to take anything away from John Elway, but a better story was Terrell Davis. Here was a guy who had been selected in the sixth round of the draft three years before, came back to his hometown eight years after graduating from high school and led his team to a Super Bowl championship. I was pulling for Elway, but without Davis and that offensive line, Elway would have gone home again without a ring.
BILL KATE, Silver Spring, Md.

The best Super Bowl ever? How can a game be considered the best ever when it includes five turnovers? Many people enjoyed the game for three major reasons: The score was close, Elway finally won his ring, and the AFC ended its losing streak. I would rather have seen one team look like the best team in the NFL, as in previous Super Bowls, instead of two teams barely looking like wild-card teams.
JOSH R. SLAGTER, Hopkins, Mich.

My vote for the best ever goes to Super Bowl XXV, in which the Giants squeaked by the Bills 20-19. That game featured the lightning-quick, no-huddle offense of the Jim Kelly-led Bills, a devastating Giants secondary and a seesaw battle in which neither team ever gained a clear advantage. Perhaps the most telling statistic from that game was that Buffalo nearly won, despite the fact that New York set a Super Bowl record for time of possession: 40 minutes and 33 seconds.
BOB GANS, New York City

You have clearly forgotten Super Bowl V. That game boasts the only MVP chosen from the losing team, Cowboys linebacker Chuck Howley, who had two interceptions that day. Colts linebacker Mike Curtis picked off a Dallas pass in the closing moments to set up Jim O'Brien's last-gasp field goal. O'Brien's successful kick broke a 13-13 tie and lifted Baltimore to victory.

While I enjoyed your Super Bowl coverage, I was disappointed by Michael Silver's references to John and Janet Elway's sex life. The entire paragraph smacked of sensationalism and seemed out of place and out of character for SI.
PHIL DE HAAN, Grand Rapids, Mich.

Your article on the use of Sudafed in the NHL was informative (Hockey's Little Helpers, Feb. 2), but there is always a problem with an article like this one. I guarantee that as soon as high school athletes read it, they thought, Hey, look at that, a legal, inexpensive way to. get a buzz before our next game.
CHARLIE SWEEN, Grand Meadow, Minn.

Contrary to your report, stimulants such as pseudoephedrine do carry the risk of serious effects. These can include high blood pressure, heart disease and strokes, and neither high dosage nor long-term use is required for them to occur.
President, American College of Medical Toxicology
Penn State University College of Medicine
Hershey, Pa.

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