Posted: Thursday October 26, 2006 12:50PM; Updated: Saturday October 28, 2006 8:33PM
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Silver: OK, so we all love your quarterback, Nate Longshore. But does he realize that when he leaves two tickets every week for Jessica Simpson, he has no chance in hell of actually getting her?
Jordan (laughing): Ah, man, don't say that. I'm an encouraging person. I think he should keep leaving 'em if that's gonna make him play well.
Silver: My sense is that, off the field, Nate doesn't have quite the game that you guys do. If Jessica actually did show up, do you think either of you could hook it up?
Jordan: For Nate?
Silver: No. For yourselves.
Jordan: If she comes, I gotta try to put Nate on it. But if she's choosing, then you might have to go with it.
Lynch: Straight up. I mean, you can't be handcuffed in that situation. That's not part of the deal.
Jordan: What I love about our team is that we're unified, though. We have all different types of people from different backgrounds, and everybody brings something different to the party.
Silver: Right. Like (senior guard) Erik Robertson, who threw that sweet block on your overtime touchdown run. He has long, dyed black hair and more tattoos than both of you put together.
Lynch: I call him a punk rocker. I love ERob.
Silver: He's engaged to one of my other all-time favorite Cal athletes, (Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year) Kristina Thorson. Do you think that if the Pac-10 title was decided by a fight between players' girlfriends we'd have a good chance of winning?
Jordan: With Kristina? Hell yeah.
Lynch: (Offensive lineman) Mike Tepper's girlfriend's a handful, too. So you never know.
Jordan: They'd be pooned!
Jordan: That's the new word coming out.
Silver: I'll look it up on urbandictionary.com. Speaking of coming out, you know what the next question is: After this season, you'll have a decision to make. You could declare for the NFL draft and have a shot at some quick cash, or you could STAY IN SCHOOL. Which way are you leaning?
Lynch: I'm not even thinking about it. Right now I'm just playing the season one game at a time.
Silver: Ha, if nothing else, you already sound like a pro. And they do call you "Money." Where did that come from?
Jordan: Cause when they give him the ball, it's money.
Lynch: Actually, I went down to the Cali-Florida (high school) bowl game, and I got cool with my boy Chi-Lo, (offensive lineman) Thomas Herring, who is now at SC. He and some other guys from down South didn't think we balled up here in Northern Cal, and I guess he didn't think the name Marshawn Lynch was all that appealing. At the first practice I made a move and he goes, "Damn, that was money right there. You what what? I got it. You're 'Money Lynch.'" He was giving out nicknames left and right -- he called my cousin Virdell "Lil' Vicious." Believe me, I wasn't complaining about mine.
Silver: That Nov. 18 game at SC should be slightly charged. Your thoughts on the Trojans?
Lynch: They're SC. They've got the same hype they've had since I've been in college. It'll be hella fun.
Silver: More fun than the opener at Tennessee, I hope. What happened in Knoxville?
Jordan: That's just a game in our past. There ain't nothin' we can do but get it out of our system. Give Tennessee credit. They played good. We didn't.
Silver: Last thing -- what was up with those horrendous neon-yellow jerseys you guys wore against Oregon, and will we be seeing them again?
Jordan: I'm pretty sure you will before the season is out. I like 'em.
Lynch: Me too. They're shinin'. It's something new. Maybe for the Big Game.
Silver: I think we should go with black-and-gold, like the old California license plate.
Lynch: That'd be nice. What I really want is to wear those Joe Roth (era, circa 1975) jerseys -- the royal blue with the bear stickers on the helmet.
Silver: That would be outstanding.
Lynch: We're full of those kind of ideas. We've just got to run them by the big man. Because at the end of the day Coach Tedford has the final say on everything.