Posted: Friday October 7, 2005 1:29AM; Updated: Friday October 7, 2005 5:52PM
Dan of St. Paul wants to know why the Raiders wouldn't be interested in 49er LB Jamie Winborn, the guy who got such ugly treatment by his club. Because when something as freaky as this happens, teams tend to do a complete check up before they commit themselves. If nothing scary is found, then they make their move, which is what I'm sure will happen with Winborn. Yes, the Raiders would be a good fit.
I wrote that the Cardinals' AnquanBoldin's career average of 6.1 catches per game is the highest in history, and then I made the mistake of asking if anyone knew of anything better. Right on cue, Phillip of Leesburg, Va., checks in with MarvinHarrison's 6.076 and then compounds the felony by making a case for Harrison as a superior receiver than Boldin. Dear Leesburg. I believe 6.1, that's 6.1 even, with no ugly decimal points clouding the issue, is greater than 6.076. And no one asked for any value judgments. We're talking numbers and that's all. Numbers are peaceful little creatures. They work hard, come home to their wives at night, eat a nourishing meal and go to sleep. Don't ask them to carry on any arguments for you.
Pondering from Tijuana -- no, I'm not currently doing any deep thinking south of the border -- "Pondering" is how our e-mailer signs in. Anyway he wants to try to assign LaDainian Tomlinson an eventual place in history, if he keeps going at his current pace. I seem to remember a piece I did a year or two ago, rating the great runners of all time, and I placed him in the top 10, I believe, or at least in the top 20. It was unusual for someone this young, but I feel that he's the best of the current vintage. He does it all, and barring serious injury, knock wood, he'll be a first ballot shoo-in for Canton. Thanks for your nice sentiments, incidentally.
From Joe of Bridgeport, W.Va. -- "Am I the only one who thinks that Shaun Alexander of the Seahawks is a bit of a 'soft' runner?" No. Just about every defensive coach I talked to agrees with you. Piles up his yardage on one or two big gainers per game.
Tim of Rockville Center, N.Y., says the Chiefs failed to cover T.O. because they were locked in on Brian Westbrook. Nowhere did I see a sign posted saying both players couldn't be covered. And besides, you've got to worry more about a home run hitter than a guy who threatens to get on base with a single or a double.
Nice words from Vincent of Monsey, N.Y. Thank you. I appreciate it. Two questions today. First, even a team that constantly exerts defensive pressure has to mix things up, right? Right. Change your pressure packages, but not the concept of steady pressure itself. Two, a matter of usage. He hates it when "contain" is used as a noun, as in, "The defense has to keep contain on the QB." Yeah, it's ugly, but it goes under the heading of colloquial football talk. (Besides, I hear "keep containment" more often). This kind of talk is often permitted. I mean people say "three time outs left," rather than the grammatically correct, "three times out." The stuff I hate is botched usage based only on ignorance, such as "We played good," or "There's lots of ways." Linda liked your last line, "Hola to the Redhead." Her reply is, "Mahaloaloha sweet leilani."
Whew, a long joke that he swears is a true story from Jason of Chesapeake, Va. I warn you, I hate long jokes (are you listening, Peter King?) unless they are screamingly funny either during the narrative or upon delivery of the punch line. I'll repeat your joke in capsule form, Jason, only because: 1) you said nice things, and 2) you say you've written many times and never gotten through. All passengers are requested to fasten seat belts at this time because here it comes: Lady in the barber shop told him she was bitten by a monkey. He told her to call the zoo and ask to speak to someone who deals with primates. "No," she said, "I didn't get bit by a primate, I got bit by a monkey." And that's it. Jason, it's only a suggestion, but if this were my joke, I'd work on some play on words involving the lady saying, "I didn't get bit in the primates," or something to that effect. Either way, I do not consider this story hilarious, but my wife does and she wants you to know this.