I assume everyone's digested their Thanksgiving meal, and the time spent with family was everything you hoped for - meaning there were no casualties. I missed my daughter, Addison, 12, who spent the holiday in Las Vegas with her mother and grandparents. I asked her if she had fun, but she told me "what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas." Doesn't sound good.
By the way, former Monday Night football sideline reporter Lisa Guerrero will be featured in the next issue of Playboy magazine. Guerrero is the wife of former Orioles pitcher Scott Erickson, who never warmed up to me during our time together. I didn't take it personally, since he pretty much despised the media and carved a reputation for being extremely difficult, going all the way back to his days in Minnesota. The beat writers there actually threw a party the day he was traded to the Orioles. I often think back to our warm exchanges in the clubhouse, the memories still bringing a tear to my eye.
Me: "Hey Scotty, got a minute?"
Scotty: "Not for you."
Good times ... good times.
I was man enough to give Scotty his props when he made himself available to the media the day after he got into trouble following an incident with a former girlfriend at his Baltimore apartment, their "argument" growing so heated that he reportedly dragged her to an elevator and pushed the button for the lobby. He actually sought us out in the hallway outside the clubhouse and asked if we had any questions. I was even more impressed that he knew "L" stood for lobby.
I'm curious what you all think about the quarterback debate in Green Bay. Should the 2-8 Packers bench Brett Favre and start Aaron Rodgers? The season is lost, and it would be a good time to give the former No. 1 pick some snaps and begin evaluating how soon he'll be ready to take over the Packers offense. Then again, it's always a delicate and uncomfortable situation when you're dealing with a future Hall of Famer. The Orioles kept Sammy Sosa in the lineup way too long, and he didn't have any ties to the organization before the 2005 season. Favre is a completely different story. How do you yank him out of the lineup after all he's done for the franchise? Take pity on coach Mike Sherman.
How about Ron Dayne's performance for the Broncos on Thursday? The former Heisman winner and first-round bust with the Giants totaled 53 yards all season, but he picked up 55 on one carry against the Cowboys, finishing with 98 on seven rushes. A resurrection on Thanksgiving? The man has his holidays confused.
Sorry to hear that the Ravens' Jamal Lewis is upset about sharing the ball with Chester Taylor. He doesn't seem to have a problem sharing the ball with the opposing team. Here's a thought: Stop tip-toeing into the line and playing like you're afraid of getting hurt in your contract year, and Taylor will go back to being a third-down back.
Lewis has this contract thing all wrong. This is the time you're supposed to put up huge numbers. Just ask Javy Lopez. His 43-homer season in Atlanta got him a $22.5 million deal with the Orioles. He'll be a free agent after the 2006 season. Wanna bet how many he hits next year?