Quick guide on how to make instant friends -- rip any network announcers who annoy you. You'll always get support among your fellow viewers. Only exceptions were
Step forward and claim your prize,
"I had to suffer through an hour long CLE (Continuing Legal Education) seminar this past summer," wrote Jim , an attorney, "where Hochuli droned on and on about how we should all live our lives modeling ourselves after him. Call me fragile minded, but I could never figure out how learning about what goes on behind the scenes at a football game is supposed to make me a better lawyer."
Excellence in football as a metaphor for excellence in life is not one of my deep beliefs. The NFL player turned minister tells about how he found God at the bottom of a pileup. The business executive brags about the rapid decisions he made behind center that set up the bold strokes of merger and acquisition. Fooey, I say. A person isn't a success in life because he could put on a great pass rush at one time. He's a success because he developed a complete set of skills. This isn't a popular opinion, and the guys who make four and five figures a pop, doing those motivational speeches, certainly wouldn't wish me well.
• I particularly liked two more emails, and I will do the last name honors on each of them. Call them Emailer of the Week runners up. "I saw where
I've gotten off the soap box on this one because if the players, through their association, didn't think the issue was worth fighting over, I wasn't going to take on their fight for them. I used to ask
• Real good one from
"I'm a chess player," one young man told me, " and what I love about the American game is that it's a neverending set of chess problems. Each situation presents a different problem, and a solution is attempted. Then every 30 seconds or so the board is re-set and a new problem is presented. Fascinating."
So it doesn't surprise me, Graeme, that you've come up with a question that I have seriously asked many times. When specialists come in on practically every play, at almost all positions, why isn't there a specialist pass-blocker, lighter and quicker-footed, to come in at tackle on obvious passing downs to face the greyhounds coming around the corner at 90 mph?
The most serious answer came from the late
I know, I know, he was the guru, but I STILL think it's a good idea, as you do.
• Time to level the siege guns on the ESPN Monday night crew, with whom I expressed mild annoyance the other day. This generated a horde of pent up frustrations from my loyal readership.
Nope. Nothing in the old Webbie between Blouze-linda and blow. Ah, wait. Google leads me to The Free Dictionary by Farlax, whatever that is. "Bloviate...to discourse at length in a pompous or boastful manner."
Nah, I wouldn't say that about
The idea of straight football, only analyzed better, more colorfully and incisively, as the aforementioned Millen or Madden used to do, is not part of ESPN's game plan. The network is into freak show presentation, and unfortunately Jaworski, who's always up at NFL Films, studying tape, who works at it as hard as anybody, is caught in the squeeze.
So you don't like Tony Korn's idiot-fan approach, eh JP? Well, ESPN must feel that others do. My two other emailers who weighed in on the subject,
"Wow, will ya just looka that, Jaws! They're scoring on almost every play. I've never seen anything like it. The world's never seen anything like it. I'm just so excited that I can't...." Forgive me a moment, please. Urrp-bleeeaugh! There, I feel better now. Let's go on, shall we?
• OK, I've had things too soft. All those people who want to bitch about the rankings have been waiting outside too long now. Open the door and let 'em in,
• Giant fans will not be put off so easily.
Hmmm, you've made a good point. One thing I can't stand is logic. When I did my first ranking of the year, the Patriots, with
• Here's one from deep centerfield. Actually from
• Last man gets the potato and it's YOU,