Got a bit of response about my
I got nailed to the wall for my poor little innocent acknowledgment of Peyton's struggles Sunday night. Rest assured, every one of the "waddya nuts?" letters will be dealt with, plus the few that sympathized with the point I was trying to make.
You're half right. I have never been critical of Brady, and I sympathized with his cause last year, when they cut his quality receives loose. Favre? You're right. It has been pointed out to me many times that I've been overly critical. I think it's the typical reaction of a contrarian who cannot stand the mass of similar praise, endlessly repeated, the same excuses, the same eagerness to blame everyone but him.
It's like watching a B movie and hoping that the blond, blue-eyed hero will slip on the banana peel. But I've been making a definite attempt to be more fair regarding Favre this year, which, of course, is easy, since he's having a sensational season. If you've been reading my stuff, you'd agree with that, wouldn't you, Matt? WOULDN'T YOU? Would someone wake him up, please?
There was just something very human that struck me about Peyton's ordeal Sunday night. Yeah, some of the picks were pretty bad. But he got himself together and brought them back, didn't he? I couldn't get the game out of my mind, and when the analogy of the ants and the beetle popped into my head, I was off and running.
More heat from New England.
New England returns.
Showing a merciful side,
Oh boy, do I remember that game. Dallas fought back from 21-0, down, in the first quarter. Came storming back at the end. Ran off 34-10 plays in the fourth quarter and 12 first downs to none. Field was a sloppy mess. It had rained for 15 out of 16 days. Floods all over California. Cowboy coach
On two occasions
A real nice bit of praise from
But this one, from
I think so, although I'm no big fan of the soccer shootout, either. Actually when the tie was eliminated in the NFL I argued against the move, for pretty much the reasons you gave. Also, I felt that ties were great tie-breakers when standings were determined at the end of the season. You'd have fewer teams with the same record, and it would help eliminate those mind-numbing playoff formula situations. What I didn't understand was that the league powers love that formula stuff because it generates more controversy, consequently more publicity, and thereby sells more t-shirts.
The ugly suspicion of plagiarism falls on my poor, graying dome because of a passage of
Thank you for the nice things you wrote. My journalistic idol was
Another note of encouragement, from
I hear a plaintive wail in the night. Wow, it's traveled a long way, all the way from Mexico City, where
Following this up,
I love it, but you'll notice that the network keeps it pretty well buried at 8:30 a.m. on Football Sunday, reserving its 11 a.m.-1 p.m. slot for two hours of yakity yack. Jaws is great at blackboard stuff, and he was great in the booth, too, when he worked with