And some of us
just never get our pictures taken enough. I don't think that I ever got the
publicity that a player with my stats should have. I was always in the wrong
town or I had the wrong name...or something. I'm not alone. It happens to a lot
of guys. Tonight was Joe Senser's 26th birthday, and Diane was down because
it's Wednesday, the short practice day, so she and I celebrated Joe's birthday
with his girl and some of his old friends from Philly who were visiting. Joe's
a great tight end, but how many people know that? Russ Francis came out of
retirement and signed with the 49ers this year, and everybody swooned, but
Francis was never the player that Joe is. It's just that they started calling
Francis "all-world" on network TV, and everybody picked it up and
today: Good eyes don't mean all that much in football. In the air a football
pass just looks like a blob to me, and I've caught 472 blobs. I need glasses
when I play tennis, because the ball is so much smaller, but in football the
important thing is to have quick eyes, not necessarily clear ones.
19: Chemical dependency
We had another
drug-awareness lecture the other day, and the guy from the Hazelden rehab
center said that if you're at work and your mind is on a drink or a snort, then
that's the first sign you're chemically dependent. Well, it was another very
hot day today, and at practice all I could think about was getting over to
Jake's for a pitcher of beer.
today: Does this mean I'm a...?
FRIDAY, AUG. 28:
A New Face
We picked up [Middle Guard] Charlie Johnson from the Eagles. That's really
good. I assume that Charlie can still play, and he's a great guy, but what's
more important, our management has shown us it believes we have a contending
team and it's doing what it can to improve the team right away, this season.
Sometimes just getting a player is more important than exactly how well he
might actually perform.
We played our
first game in the Metrodome tonight. I talked to [Wide Receiver] Steve Largent
of the Seahawks before the game because he was very curious to find out whether
I would go along with a strike. He knows how I feel about Garvey, and he
doesn't want to strike himself. But I told him we were acting as a team.
Oh, by the way,
we beat Seattle, and the turf was just fantastic. I felt a little
disoriented—are we really the home team?—in the new place but I'm sure I'll get
used to these surroundings soon enough.
today: All this talk about handshakes before the game. After the game I always
make it a point to shake the hand of anybody on the other team who offers me
his. I then say, "Good luck and stay healthy." It shocks a lot of