Posted: Monday August 15, 2005 11:13AM; Updated: Monday August 15, 2005 10:03PM
YOU CAN SAY THAT AGAIN. From Pat Porter of Elm Grove, Wis.: "God bless Mike McGuire and his platoon. The Mike McGuires of the world allow you and I to concentrate on life's trivialities ... like football."
I've been thinking a lot about that. It's hard to justify your job, when you're headed to watch a football practice the next day and the guy sitting next to you at a ballgame is going to get trained to try to avoid being blown up. Life is complicated.
YOU'RE PRETTY BRAVE, MIKE. From Sandra Jackson of Minneapolis: "As I was reading your story about him, I was moved to tears by his bravery and thanking him (in my heart) for taking on such a burdensome task. I hope your 'mental note' to the Rams comes true for Mr. McGuire. Let us know the outcome."
The Rams are coming through for Sgt. McGuire. They'll have him at a game before he leaves, according to an e-mail sent to me by a club official.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
"I'll be coaching this game, probably, a lot longer than Terrell is playing it." -- Philadelphia offensive coordinator Brad Childress on Terrell Owens.
By the way, Childress' comment that set Owens off was, "Hey, T.O. How you doin?''
QUOTE OF THE WEEK II
"When I was in Philadelphia, it was like a benign tumor. I knew it was gonna get malignant eventually and now it has. But they can't cut it out right now. They have to wait till the end of the year to do the surgery. What they have to do right now is give that tumor some chemo so it's manageable for the rest of the year." -- Former Eagles receiver Freddie Mitchell, now a Chief, comparing the relationship between Owens and the Eagles to cancer.
FACTOID THAT MAY ONLY INTEREST ME
There is a battered laundry hamper at the Kansas City Chiefs' training-camp laundry room in River Falls, Wis., that is emblazoned DALLAS TEXANS FOOTBALL CLUB.
This team was last called the Dallas Texans in 1962.
STAT OF THE WEEK
In the final 10 minutes of the Browns-Giants preseason game on Saturday night, TerryMcAulay's crew threw 17 penalty flags. Not all were accepted, but 17? Seventeen!
A lost fumble. An interception. A muffed punt. Three points scored. Twelve incompletions and five completions.
A little ridiculous, in other words. The penalties were so absurd -- three separate ones on a single play, all against the Browns -- a Giants club official walked over to the officiating supervisor in the press box late in the game and told him what an embarrassment McAulay's crew was.