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08-16-2006, 09:02 AM
What’s on my mind
The Kansas City Star

A week in Los Angeles will make any man miss Kansas City. LA has terrific, surgically enhanced scenery, but it’s impossible to get a good meal for less than $100.

•Carl Peterson’s mouthpiece Bob Gretz had an interesting take on the Chiefs’ decision to cut Julian Battle. With Junior Siavii next on the chopping block and Ryan Sims an unmitigated bust, I found Gretz’s comments enlightening.

Here’s how Gretz explained away some terrible draft-day decisions in recent years:

“When Dick Vermeil was the head coach, his approach to player evaluation could be characterized as: “ ‘We’ve seen you perform at least once, so we believe you have the ability to do it again, and we’ll work with you to make that happen.’ ”

Of course, it’s totally irresponsible and cowardly to put the blame on Vermeil when Gretz’s puppet master has always claimed control of the draft and takes great pleasure in taking credit for picking Larry Johnson.

And was Vermeil on the scene when Peterson and Lynn Stiles picked Trezelle Jenkins?

Peterson likes to shop for bargains on the free-agent market, and he does the same thing in the draft. Battle, Siavii and Sims were never consistent performers in college, and it’s really no surprise they didn’t develop into consistent performers at the highest level.

•The only way Tony Kornheiser on “Monday Night Football” is going to work is if Tony is Tony — bold and assertive and willing to bicker with any and everybody. In his preseason debut, Tony held back too much. He was too deferential to Joe Theismann, who can’t carry a broadcast.

Watching Kornheiser interact with his “PTI” partner Michael Wilbon on Tuesday reminded me of what was missing during Monday’s Oakland-Minnesota game. Kornheiser and Wilbon sparred as equals. It was great television.

Whether Kornheiser and Theismann can find some equal ground where they can spar will determine the success or failure of ESPN’s Monday night crew. They found no common ground on Monday. Kornheiser tried to elicit provocative football opinions from Theismann. That failed because Theismann is too deep in the football fraternity to say what he really thinks. And Theismann isn’t nearly clever enough to keep pace with Kornheiser’s wit.

The real Tony Kornheiser — bold and assertive — will push Theismann to say something real, something honest.

•Lance Armstrong created a bit of controversy when he said that if the NFL used the same drug-testing methods as cycling, America’s favorite sport would be receiving more criticism than cycling. The drug testing in cycling is far more aggressive, more random and more detailed than the testing in pro football.

Armstrong’s assertion is accurate. I’m glad Armstrong didn’t turn on disgraced cyclist Floyd Landis. Armstrong is not going to be a hypocrite just because the American media desperately want to demonize every athlete who has “cheated.”

I never used steroids or performance-enhancing drugs when I was a college football player, but many of my friends (teammates and competitors) did. I believe performance-enhancing drugs are just as commonplace in college sports today as they were in the 1980s and 1990s.

•I’m wrestling with the notion that participation in competitive, organized sports is more harmful for young people than good. I used to believe the good outweighed the bad. Now, with the temptation to use drugs and everyone’s desire to make money, I’m beginning to think the bad outweighs the good.

My take on music is I’d rather listen to Michael Jackson’s music than be Michael Jackson. I’m starting to think the same thing about Peyton Manning. Enjoying the entertainment is superior to being the entertainer.

The warped values of big-time sports helped further warp the values of Maurice Clarett. I saw an interview with comedian Dave Chappelle recently, and he basically said that he’s not crazy, Hollywood is crazy.

•Last week I filled in for Jim Rome on his TV show. It’s the second time I’ve spent a week filling in for Rome.

Each time I’ve done the show, my respect for Rome has grown. The show is very difficult, much more taxing than “PTI” or “The Sports Reporters.” Doing a seven- or eight-minute TV monologue is a great deal of work. It took me four hours each morning to come up with eight minutes worth of material.

At least one segment of the show — usually the forum interview with two media personalities — is performed live. “PTI” and “The Sports Reporters” are generally taped an hour or so before they air.


08-16-2006, 09:05 AM
What’s on my mind
The Kansas City Star

A week in Los Angeles will make any man miss Kansas City. LA has terrific, surgically enhanced scenery, but it’s impossible to get a good meal for less than $100.

You shouldn't ask for seconds then, Fatboy.......

08-16-2006, 09:08 AM

08-16-2006, 09:10 AM
You shouldn't ask for seconds then, Fatboy.......

Us fat boys ALWAYS ask for seconds.....

Ultra Peanut
08-16-2006, 09:10 AM
If you ever fall off the Sears Tower, just go real limp, because maybe you'll look like a dummy and people will try to catch you because hey, free dummy.

08-16-2006, 09:12 AM
You shouldn't ask for seconds then, Fatboy.......

That $100 is WAY, WAY, WAY before he ever asks for seconds.