My politics, my personality, even my religion have been ripped in this latest collection of howdy do's. I'll give voice to the first two, but please accept my apologies, Holy Joe. We're keeping you mute today.
On a calmer note,
1) In 1988, the
One question of my own. How many of today's pass rushers do you see as Hall of Fame candidates? In 1988, a quarterback faced the outside rushes of at least four future Hall of Famers:
This was LT's eighth year in the league and his unique value was fully appreciated, and LT clones were springing up all over the place, i.e., linebackers who rushed from the edge. In addition to those named, you had
What? A reach, you say? The Cards' Freddy Joe was a demon coming around the corner. He had 14 sacks in '88. Do you know how many sackers topped that mark last year? Two. Oh yes, here are some more outside rushers the 1988 pack of QB's had to face, DE's this time:
2) Improvements in nutrition and training produce healthier specimens now, particularly pass rushers.
Anything physically wrong with the 1988 roster I've just named?
3) The quarterback talent pool was more condensed then, since there were only 28 teams, as opposed to today's 32.
OK, that might reduce the disparity a little, but I gave the edge to only nine of the 28 moderns.
4) We haven't seen enough of some of the rising young QB stars of today.
You're right, but I can only judge them on what they've shown so far.
Now if I were a reader, I'd want to know about the various personal attacks.
And now we get to my personality, hammered flat by an intriguing fellow whose name I don't know because it is a riddle which I will try to solve for you. The signature is
Our e-mailer, VP (initials standing for vice-president, perhaps, a nod to the debate?) feels that my own literary output is of a higher quality this year, since I am no longer half of the
On to mundane matters, after our excursion into literary farce. The, ugh, rankings. OK, pour out your hearts, fellas. I'll lead with the most sentimental.
"We don't want you on our bandwagon, we have no room for you, and we'd prefer if you ranked us last EVERY WEEK. Love, Giants Nation." Nothing like ranking a team No.1 and producing, as a result, this package of hatred. Broken any windows lately, pal? Burned any houses down?
That one's going to be hard to top, but we'll give it a whirl. From
Bucs made a move, after the good showing against Green Bay, and shoved the Saints down a peg. Two-touchdown win over the Niners, with six new starters in the lineup, was a good one for the Saints, and since they already had beaten the Bucs in the opener, perhaps you're right and I acted too hastily. All I can do is repeat that tired old mantra that I imagine my readers are sick to death of by now. All together now ... it's a long season and things will sort themselves out. "Either that or they won't," says my redheaded child bride, who originally copped that expression from me and now uses it unmercifully.
More QB stuff.
Two Hall of Fame quickies.
Why no coordinators or position coaches in the Hall, asks
Good one from
Finally a tough one. How have my opinions of