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February 02, 2009
Underdogs I was happy to see my favorite Charger, Darren Sproles, on your Jan. 12 NFL playoffs cover—we're both 5'6", he just has 60 pounds on me—and humbled to read Mitch Albom's tribute to Detroit. You don't realize it unless you've lived there, but Detroit has an unbelievable will to survive. I miss you, Hockeytown. Jil Santi Carroll, El Cajon, Calif.
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In a league that has many players known for their charity work and fine outstanding men, too much attention has been paid to one selfish individual (The Trouble with Sean Avery, Jan. 12) who clearly has no respect for the game. I am a 37-year-old father of two, and I would have given my right arm to play just one game in the NHL. This young man treats his position as if it is owed to him. I hope Sean Avery realizes what he has thrown away.
Steven Kerr, Sudbury, Ont.

Sean Avery blackballed from the NHL? Thank goodness. Now that the league has identified itself as a staunch protector of the female gender, its players can get back to what they do best: punching each other in the face and hitting each other over the head with sticks.
Tyson Humble, St. Louis

My response to Scott Thornton's comment that Avery may be the future of the game: We NHL fans don't want that game. There are enough of Avery's type in MLB, the NBA and the NFL. Let him pick up a basketball or a bat if he wants to continue to be the center of attention.
Joseph Burdo, Shrewsbury, Mass.

Gonzo Journalism

In his All-Pro picks (INSIDE THE NFL, Jan. 12), how could Peter King choose Dallas Clark over Tony Gonzalez at tight end? Clark caught 77 passes for 848 yards and six touchdowns, with Peyton Manning as his quarterback. Gonzalez had 96 receptions for 1,058 yards and 10 touchdowns while catching his passes from Brodie Croyle, Damon Huard and Tyler Thigpen.
Wesley Unruh, Hutchinson, Kans.

Favre Follies

The problem with Brett Favre (POINT AFTER, Jan. 12) is that it is always about Brett Favre. He could have retired on top after his last season in Green Bay, but then he would have been out of the limelight. It makes sense that he returned in New York, the only city that has room for his ego. Favre will surely be back next year, as long as there is a team that will take him.
Bruce Sage, Troy, Mich.

One year removed from SI's naming Favre its Sportsman of the Year and printing a moving tribute that made me fall in love with the guy all over again, you run a column suggesting that former Jets coach Eric Mangini needs Wite-Out to erase the fact that he gifted his son with Brett's name. Are Favre's heart and generosity for his teammates, family and even strangers eclipsed because of a few losses and some tosses that ended up in the wrong hands?
Karen Billing, San Diego

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