Thursday, September 12, 2002

Morning Musings-While reading up on the Stackhouse trade, I read this David Aldridge piece, where he describes His Airness signing himself for $1M as "the biggest bargain since the Louisiana Purchase." Buying Alaska from the Russians was better- Alaska hasn't had to go on IR. Fisking a secular saint's a dangerous errand, but Bryan Preston's going after Mandela for going after Cheney. Mandela's becoming Jimmy Carter with a wisdom-of-the-ages slow African-English accent. Two football stories, one passing on, one passing into history. Johhny Unitas died yesterday, who had a lot of career passing records when he hung up the cleats in the early 70s. His highlight was the '58 championship game, when he led the Baltimore Colts to an OT win over the New York (they actually played in Yankee Stadium back then) Giants. The other sad story was Tim Crouch deciding to "retire" rather that try to catch on with the Rams as a wide reciever. He won the Heisman last year playing for Nebraska, but as an option quarterback. He didn't have the passing ability to play QB in the pros, but will go down as one of the best option QBs around. He'll be remembered fondly in Cornhuskerland. A quarter-century later, Rick Leach's name can still bring smiles to Michigan football fans, playing a gutty option-QB for the Wolverines, getting the nickname "The Guts and Glue of the Maize and Blue" from Vitalesque radio guy Bob Ufer. He didn't make it in the NFL and wound up being a journyman major league outfielder.

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