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February 09, 2004
The Eagle Has LandedYour tongue-in-cheek What A Rush! (Jan. 19) cover line diminishes Donovan McNabb's great performance by throwing Rush Limbaugh into the mix. Let sleeping dogs lie.JERRY BROWN SELLERSBURG, Ind.
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The Eagle Has Landed
Your tongue-in-cheek What A Rush! (Jan. 19) cover line diminishes Donovan McNabb's great performance by throwing Rush Limbaugh into the mix. Let sleeping dogs lie.

Donovan McNabb has a very mediocre game against the Packers, throws one good pass and you put him on the cover and talk about his heroics.

In reading Michael Silver's praise of Donovan McNabb, I could not help but wonder if I had watched the same game Silver did. The Eagles won because of some luck and a few poor decisions by the Packers.

When I saw the Jan. 19 cover, I laughed out loud at the pun. Anyone who watched McNabb perform his magic while at Syracuse could have advised Mr. Limbaugh that overrated is one thing that Donovan is not.
ED HEIDE, Pittsburgh

Playing Through
Thank you for the wonderful article on Gonzaga's Adam Morrison, who has type 1 diabetes {Counter Puncher, Jan. 19). He will certainly serve as an inspiration to my 12-year-old son, Michael, a type 1 diabetic for the past six years, who just finished his first season playing guard for the Branciforte Middle School Bees.
MELINDA VAHRADIAN, Santa Cruz., Calif.

Your sidebar on athletes who have excelled with diabetes failed to mention the first known diabetic to play at the highest international level—Bill Talbert. He was ranked in the top 10 in tennis in the U.S. for 13 of 14 years during the 1940s and '50s, was a Davis Cup captain and was director of the U.S. Open for more than 20 years. He was also the original contributing editor for tennis for SPORTS ILLUSTRATED.

Good Skates
Your five surprises of the first half (NHL Midseason Report, Jan. 19) had one glaring omission: the San Jose Sharks. The Sharks, made up mostly of young talent, have built a comfortable lead in the Pacific Division and are in contention for one of the top seeds in the West.

Bronze for Bert
Thanks to Steve Rushin for pushing the Hall of Fame candidacy of Bert Blyleven (AIR AND SPACE, Jan. 19), who, in addition to his outstanding career, was also someone who made the game fun for fans and his teammates, a quality lost on too many current stars.
ANDREW M. WONG, New York City

Bert Blyleven isn't in the Hall? How is a man who won 287 games, struck out 3,701 batters (more than Cy Young and Walter Johnson) and ranks ninth in career shutouts not be inducted?
MIKE BEST, Newtown, Pa.

One of the many joys of being a Kings fan over the past few years has been watching Peja Stojakovic progress (The King of Shooters, Jan. 19). Comparing him with a Hall of Famer like Larry Bird may be a bit much right now, but the recognition he's receiving this year is well deserved.
LAURA FISHER, Sacramento

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