Monday musings

Hope everyone had a nice weekend. I'm still pouting because my parents won't let me watch ESPN anymore. They think Michael Irvin is a bad influence on me. I told them that all my friends are allowed to watch him, but they wouldn't budge.

Irvin, an ESPN analyst and semifinalist for Pro Football's Hall of Fame, was charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia in Plano, Texas after police found a pipe in his car. Irvin said it belonged to a friend of 17 years who left a Houston rehab center and came to Irvin's house in Carrollton for Thanksgiving.


Irvin also claims that he put the pipe in his car because he didn't want it in his house where his children might find it. He said he planned to drive somewhere the next day and throw it away, but he forgot. He also said the dog ate his homework, though nobody's sure what that meant.

Never able to outrun trouble the way he did defensive backs, Irvin was arrested on an outstanding warrant for speeding in Irving after being pulled over Friday afternoon for speeding in Plano. Irvin said he thought he had paid the outstanding ticket. This guy really needs to get organized.


In 1996, Irvin pleaded no contest to felony cocaine possession in exchange for four years of deferred probation, a $10,000 fine and dismissal of misdemeanor marijuana possession charges. I believe a prostitute also was involved in this mess, though I'm sure Irvin planned to drive her somewhere the next day and drop her off, but he forgot.

Did anyone see Bengals receiver Chad Johnson uproot a pylon and putt the football after his touchdown against the Ravens? If you were watching the game on television, you couldn't miss it. And that's exactly what the NFL wants.

Don't believe for a second that commissioner Paul Tagliabue is upset over the excessive celebrating that takes place each weekend throughout the league. As Bill Wentworth, the former North County High School principal, pointed out while we watched the Ravens-Steelers game the previous weekend, the networks would have been instructed to steer their cameras away from such theatrics a long time ago if Tagliabue didn't want them broadcast over the airwaves for all to see.

A fan runs on the field and interrupts a game, and you don't see it unless you're there in person, because the NFL and Major League Baseball don't want to encourage this kind of behavior. But it's OK for Johnson to practice his short game in front of everyone.

Next week, he plans on removing a javelin from his uniform pants and firing it toward the opposite end zone. Should be fun.

Brett Favre threw his 19th interception yesterday, in the end zone, to halt the Packers' comeback attempt in their loss to the Eagles. He remains the starter while former No. 1 pick Aaron Rodgers watches from the sideline. And he's still not talking retirement.

One reader says, "Play the young guy in GB. I bet you lots of people disagree with this, but time gets to us all and old guys on bad teams get embarrassed and injured and tarnish their reputations (see: John Unitas). I think Brett knows better than to demean himself and I think he's a team guy. Even though rightfully proud, he probably won't cry to the media -- or try to come back, like Sosa and many other veterans who can't resist the $$$ no matter how much they've made."

"Just do it."

On the flipside, former Packers general manager Ron Wolf, noting the lack of talent surrounding Favre because of injuries, referred to the quarterback as "a five-star conductor " in a "two-bit band." You'd have to be tone-deaf to sit through a home game in December.

Backup quarterback David Garrard did a nice job guiding the Jaguars past the Cardinals after replacing injured starter Byron Leftwich, who will miss at least a month after breaking a bone in his left ankle early in the first quarter. But anyone who thinks Garrard can take Jacksonville deep into the playoffs must have Kyle Boller on their fantasy team.

You had to feel sorry for Giants kicker Jay Feely, who missed three field goals in the fourth quarter and overtime that would have prevented an overtime loss to the Seahawks. I hear he tried to hang himself in the locker room, but he couldn't kick the stool out from underneath him.

OK, it's an old joke, but it still works.

How nice of West Virginia to retire Jerry West's No. 44. It only took half a century to do it, too. The poor guy must have been scrambling to find something to wear on such short notice.

I caught the NBA highlights this morning and saw Cliff Robinson hit a jumper in overtime to help the Nets beat the Lakers on Sunday.


I can't believe this guy is still in the league. Didn't he used to guard West?

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