Fletcher: The politics.
SI: Your TV viewing last night?
Fletcher: My Wife and Kids; that's our favorite show. Then MTV Cribs; I love seeing how people do their houses.
SI: Vanilla, chocolate or rocky road?
Fletcher: Vanilla. The best ice cream flavor of all time.
MATCHUP OF THE WEEK
Jerry Rice versus his past
When the 49ers cross the Bay Bridge to play the Raiders on Sunday, it will be one of the most emotion-filled games of the 40-year-old Rice's life. Almost two years ago Niners czar Bill Walsh said, in effect, that he thought Rice was washed-up. Instead, the Hall of Fame-bound wideout signed with Oakland and caught 83 passes in 2001. This season Rice has nine more catches than the Niners' No. 1 target, Terrell Owens: he's averaging 2.7 more yards per catch than Randy Moss. Yeah, he's washed-up.
All the attention paid to Emmitt Smith's pursuit of the NFL rushing record has obscured the struggling Cowboys' greatest need: a quarterback to adequately replace Troy Aikman, who retired after the 2000 season. Here are the men who have not been able to fill Aikman's cleats.
MY TWO CENTS
1. I'm as big a fan of what Michael Vick's doing as anyone, but if the Falcons' quarterback continues to expose himself to so many hits (he has carried 41 times and been sacked 16 times), he won't last long in the NFL.