Pickin' and A-Grinnin'
I enjoyed your terrific, in-depth picks in the NFL PREVIEW issue (Sept. 6). Thanks for including humor. It was very amusing to find out in your Seattle Seahawks preview how Bobby Engram's son kept reminding his daddy he was dropping the ball again. You guys may think twice, however, about that 5-11 Tampa Bay Buccaneers pick once they win the NFC South.
Travis Hart, Louisville
Dr. Z says the Dallas Cowboys will finish 6-10 and in last place in the NFC East. I predict 10-6 or better and second in the division. When the 'Boys win their seventh game, you will hear from me again.
Robert Little, Burke, Va.
Lion of a Man
Please explain Peter King's rationale for listing Reggie Brown as a first-round "flop" for the Detroit Lions. Near the end of Brown's second season, in which he returned two interceptions for touchdowns, he suffered a career-ending cervical spine injury during a crucial home game with the New York Jets. Saved by mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and an emergency tracheotomy, Brown later underwent spinal surgery and made a courageous recovery. Though he would never play football again, he sprinted onto the Silverdome field with the Lions in 1998 as honorary captain and received a standing ovation from an emotional sellout crowd.
Stu Whitney, Sioux Falls, S.Dak.
It is ironic that the photo of Brett Favre used in the Tough Guys pictorial (Sept. 6) is of the play that ended up one yard short of a first down, forcing the Packers to punt. That led to the fourth-and-26 play that set up the Eagles' game-tying field goal. They ended up winning in overtime.