This week I opened my mailbox to once again find the February issue that I dread to see, let alone read. I try not to look, but I can't help it: the graphic pictures, the public exposure, the sordid details of yet another Philadelphia Eagles playoff loss.
Rick Reilly shows that Deion Branch, even if he had not been the Super Bowl MVP, was a winner before the opening kickoff (LIFE OF REILLY, Feb. 14). Branch understands that no matter who you are or what you do, you're only as good as the people you have around you.
Vince Foti, Oneonta, N.Y.
If I had known before the Super Bowl about Branch's thank-you calls to all the coaches who helped him get there, I might have found myself actually cheering for him over my beloved Eagles. Thank you, Deion (and Rick), for showing my children that good guys do win and that manners do count. While I hope our Eagles win the big game next year, I wish Branch all the success and happiness that life has to offer.
Lisa Wilson, Wycombe, Pa.
Appreciation could be infectious. Maybe next year Terrell Owens will hold up a sign thanking his grade school teacher for giving him the chance to play with markers. You never know.
Max Fitzgerald, Evanston, Ill.