QB’s dad has high opinion

Donovan McNabb’s father has no problem putting the trade of his son from the Philadelphia Eagles to the Washington Redskins in proper perspective.

Sam McNabb was asked by USA Today whether the trade happening on Easter Sunday had any added significance.

"We were celebrating Jesus’ resurrection, right," he said. "Then we turn around and Donovan gets resurrected. Just perfect."

The Redskins can only hope their new quarterback’s hands will heal from those nail wounds in time for training camp.

■ SERVING UP A MIRACLE — Less than three years after losing the use of her legs from a fall in the shower, Brittany Barrett is one of the top youth wheelchair tennis players in the country.

The senior at Nature Coast Technical High School in Brooksville, Fla., hadn’t played tennis before her injury, but quickly climbed the rankings after taking up the sport. She was offered a scholarship to play wheelchair tennis at the University of Arizona.

Barrett might not be moving to Tucson to start classes in the fall, however. According to the St. Petersburg Times, she woke up March 28 and the feeling in her legs had returned. She is now walking again, though she is still getting used to it and fears she could fall at any time.

Arizona coach Bryan Barten hasn’t pulled his scholarship offer. He still wants Barrett to play wheelchair tennis, as there’s no guarantee she will be able to run well enough to play competitively on her feet. But Barrett says wheelchair tennis is likely a part of her past.

It can’t be easy for a coach to recruit when an athlete has suddenly altered circumstances.

Imagine a top swimmer waking up one morning deathly allergic to water.

■ YOU’RE SO VAIN — You can’t say Connecticut women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma lacks confidence.

During a radio appearance on the "Dan Patrick Show" on Wednesday, Auriemma said he doesn’t get a lot of calls gauging his interest in coaching men’s teams.

"We live in different worlds, I would assume," he said. "There are so many coaches I know who coach women’s basketball that are 100 times better than a lot of the coaches in men’s basketball."

Auriemma did say he got a call from a major men’s program about four years ago, but chose not to pursue it.

Of course, Leftovers can’t be 100 percent sure we heard the quote right. Our ears were still ringing from all the balls clanging off the rim during the women’s final Tuesday.

■ YOU’RE SO VAIN, TOO — A Michigan lawyer has filed a lawsuit in federal court, claiming his civil rights were violated when the state told him he would have to give up his vanity license plate that featured the University of Michigan’s famous block M followed by W-L-V-R-N-E.

The state says it issued Robert Tuttle the license plate before it realized someone else had it, according to the Detroit Free Press. Tuttle was dissatisfied with the explanation and says his rights to due process were violated.

Fans of Michigan’s once-proud football program should also look into a class-action suit against coach Rich Rodriguez for his silly belief that hitting rock bottom is somehow a necessary part of rebuilding a program.


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