Against the grain
PHOENIX -- Hi, Z: Just wanted to tell you that your matchup column really provided a tremendous amount of information, and wow, the work that went into it. Thanks for taking such good care of your readers.
Guess who that e-mail is from? You're right. It's from me. The others only whine about how I can give one team the edge and pick the other one to win, how I can praise some linemen and yet award them no all pro acclaim, et cetera.
But that's OK, I'm not motivated by praise, or even the faintest bit of recognition. I don't work my fingers to the bone for a passing mention of "good job." It doesn't bother me, honestly it doesn't. I'll continue to provide you with the kind of stuff you can get nowhere else, and I'll keep a wistful smile on my face.
Did St. Francis beg for praise for rescuing a poor mole or vole or a madison hedgecock? Gracious no. OK, Paul F. old boy, raise the drawbridge and allow the axemen to enter.
"You pick the Giants to win and you award the Patriots an 11-9-5 edge in the matchups. You cannot see the Giants winning. But no, you say, Giants 24, Patriots 20. What gives?" This delightful reminder of man's foibles as well as Aesop's comes from
It's a very well-taken point, Kevin, may I call you that? Poor old Z finally has heard the creaking staircase of old age. That, plus the hard, relentless Arizona sun have turned his perceptions into ventures into the surreal. I hope this answers your questions. Feel free to write if you find anything else that bothers you.
First of all, I rate prospective All-Pros not Pro Bowlers, since I don't endorse that popularity contest. Put it this way. If you had a line made up of nothing but guys who rated from eighth to 10th at their position, you'd have a powerhouse. Plus the mesh could be good enough to guarantee a superior unit on the field.
I'll try to get the information into the Giants' offensive meeting room, but if you read in the paper about security guards hauling off an attempted intruder, and clapping him in the joint, I'm counting on you to bail me out.
Two readers address the phenomenon of
A few of the Super Bowl players were discussing the matter. Their consensus of opinion was that there's very little a new coach could do to earn his team's respect if he came into a situation such as this one. But that's the way Danny Boy and his yes man,
That's like saying any former president of the U.S. automatically has to be awarded the Nobel Prize. You're right, I was a strong anti-Tagliabue vote. The battle was bloody. It will be again. We're not allowed to say what goes on in the room. Yes, master!