Sport: Taking an Arm and a Leg

Theismann as in Heisman passes gently into night

In show business, as Cathy Lee Crosby could tell Joe Theismann or perhaps he could tell her, a broken leg wished on anyone is a prayer for luck. As the Super Bowl quarterback was resting comfortably in a hospital last week, and his Hollywood actress was pre-empting war and peace on Washington's 11 o'clock news, the Redskins' players and management were ashamed to say out loud that it was a lucky break.

Lawrence Taylor, the New York Giants' most wanton pass rusher, almost swooned on national TV at the sight of a new hinge atop Theismann's right sock. Joe looked up...

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