MMQB Mail (cont.)
FROM YOUR LIPS TO BILL POLIAN'S EARS. From Steve Clark, of Fort Wayne: "With the likely departure of Marvin Harrison, do you think the Colts, at Peyton Manning's behest, will pursue T.J. Houshmandzadeh in the offseason, whom Manning purportedly had great chemistry with at the Pro Bowl?''
Steve, that would be one of the great signings in the history of free-agency ... as long as the Colts can figure out a way to make it work cap-wise. Manning would love the hands and dedication of Houshmandzadeh, and if I'm T.J., I'd WALK to Indianapolis to make it happen.
THE ROLLING STONES HAD IT RIGHT: YOU CAN'T ALWAYS GET WHAT YOU WANT. From Chris Holmes, of Lewiston, Idaho: "A couple weeks ago you wrote about the benefits of the flex scheduling late in the season. I'm a big fan of the flex scheduling, but I think there is an even bigger broadcast problem that the NFL has, and I am wondering if you know of a way the NFL can address it. Specifically, I'm talking about the way the NFL, FOX and CBS handle the Sunday doubleheader. Every year I miss four or five great games because only one network is allowed, each week, to broadcast a doubleheader. Since CBS was broadcasting my local market team in the afternoon (Seahawks), they were prohibited from broadcasting the Steelers-Titans tilt in the morning in my area.
The NFL seems like it wants to give its fans more of its product, what with the NFL Network, Thursday night games, and the Flex scheduling, but every year, due to the deficiency of their doubleheader rules, fans like me miss out on some really great regular season games on Sundays, the day that a lot of us can actually watch football. Doesn't it seem like it would make more sense if both networks could broadcast two games every Sunday? Why hasn't the NFL fixed this already?''
I see your problem, especially being in Seahawk territory and having to see them play each week because they're your designated TV team. But the NFL has -- depending on which week you're talking about --either 13, 14, or 16 games to distribute to the networks each week. One of the ways FOX and CBS get big ratings is to have, alternately, a doubleheader week each week to get big national audience ratings. So that's one, I'm afraid, you're not going to win.
OF COURSE THEY DO. From Andrew Sabo, of Providence: "Do you think the Saints regret the Shockey trade? Their draft picks will be higher in each round than the Giants', who could also make them part of a package for an established wideout.''
The Saints, obviously, would love the deal back because Shockey shows legitimate signs of being a broken-down player who can't stay on the field.
YOUR MOVIE SUGGESTIONS. From Joel, of Menomomee Falls, Wis.: "You are looking for movie recommendations. Please tell me you have seen The Dark Knight. I watched it last night on Blu Ray and it was one of the best movies I've ever seen. If Heath Ledger does not win an Oscar for that, there is something seriously wrong.''
AND MORE ... From Marc Watkins, of Atlanta: " Cadillac Records. It stars the terminally underrated Jeffrey Wright as Muddy Waters, and a later appearance of Beyonce as Etta James.''
AND ANOTHER. From Sean Meshorer, of Santa Monica, Calif.: "By far -- really, far -- the two best movies of the year are Milk and Slumdog Millionaire.''
AND ONE FINAL ONE: From Ken Fox, of Manhattan: "Frost/Nixon. One of the best things I've ever seen about making history come alive.''
THE STATE COLLEGE PEOPLE ARE NOT HAPPY WITH ME. From Brian, of Baltimore: "Peter, I wanted to write in about Joe Paterno. As a Penn State alumni, I know I'm biased, but it seems contradictory to laud Mike Holmgren for his ability to impact player's lives, then in the next breath ignore Paterno's impact on his players. His players love playing for him, and kids come to Penn State to play for the legend. And 40 wins in 4 years isn't too shabby.''
Holmgren is 60. Paterno is 82, coming off health issues. He is one of the giants in the history of college football, and of coaching in general. But every man has to know when to say when, and every organization has to know when to say when. It's time to say when, and Paterno and Penn State didn't do it.
'TIS SAD. From Harry Hix, of Stillwater, Okla.: "Enjoy your column and appreciated your comments on T.O. and Ed Werder. But, the comment, 'Sad day for journalism,' is based on a false assumption. That assumption is that ESPN is journalism. It's not and hasn't been for years. And that's sad.''
ESPN deserves that shot.
YOU'RE WELCOME. From Cameron, of San Diego: "No question, just a thanks. That was a great anecdote about Leon Washington and his eyes. That's the kind of info I can't really find anywhere else. It makes me wonder about LaDainian Tomlinson and his tinted visor and if it's really worth it. Much props.''
Thanks a lot. I love stories like that, and I'm glad you found it educational.