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January 15, 2001
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
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What Jason Kidd is doing with the Suns is what Magic Johnson did with the Lakers. Kidd is a superstar already.

Daunte's Inferno
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 Bowl!
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.

No Kidding
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 every night.
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 long.
RICK JAHNKE, New Milford, N.J.

Hi, Mom
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.

Mr. Perseverance
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.

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