- TOP PLAYERSOffensePABLO S. TORRE | August 20, 2012
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- Faces in the CrowdJune 11, 2001
TT: They talked a little bit. But I have a good relationship with some of the players on their team. I played versus Rolando [McClain] in college. Some of them did talk trash. That's what you get when you're a rookie quarterback. They want to put pressure on you. They want to intimidate you. I enjoyed that.
DP: When they talk trash, do you ever tell them you'll pray for them?
TT: Sometimes I'll throw out there, "God bless." "Jesus loves you." I can get pretty dirty too.
DP: So they curse, and you say, "God bless"?
TT: Oh, absolutely. They don't know what to say.
• Hair Majesty
After admitting that he sometimes puts gel in his hair before a game, Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan made another confession. I asked him which took more planning: popping the question to girlfriend Sarah Marshall or playing a meaningless Week 17 game against the Panthers. "I'd be wrong if I told you there wasn't more game plan going into the proposal." They worked out equally well. Marshall said yes, and Ryan was 22 of 32 for 236 yards and two TDs in the Falcons' rout.
• Hall Monitor
Why do the Baseball Hall of Fame voters get 15 years to ultimately decide if a player deserves a plaque in Cooperstown? It should be one-and-done. Players shouldn't be left twisting in the wind, forced to drum up support. Voters should know right off the bat if a player belongs or not. Make the election a televised event. Have Bob Costas call out the results, and it would be one of the highlights of the year.
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