VS: Whatever you want to call me, Dan.
DP: You're having a good year for Minnesota. Do you think you might get a little more Pro Bowl attention because of this?
VS: Hey, I guess all pub is good pub.
DP: You were born in England. How long did you live there?
VS: Only two months.
DP: Don't they use the expression twig and berries over there?
VS: [Laughs.] Well, hopefully, they're not using it with me.
More Nominees, Please!
WASN'T GRAHAM HARRELL
the front-runner for the Heisman just a few weeks ago? It doesn't seem right that, after one loss to Oklahoma, the Texas Tech QB fell so far that he wasn't even invited to New York to be part of the award show. Harrell threw for more yards than the three who were invited—Tim Tebow, Colt McCoy and winner Sam Bradford—and led his team to a one-loss season, just like the others. Part of the blame is with the voters. ( Harrell was left out because he finished a distant fourth in the tally.) But the Heisman people should go with a standard number of nominees, just like the Oscars, instead of winnowing from as many as five down to three some years. The Academy didn't tell Haley Joel Osment to stay home because his Sixth Sense performance had no shot of winning. With the Heisman it really is an honor just to be nominated.
A League of Their Own