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I'll never question Chris Simms' toughness again.

He had a little trouble calling plays yesterday over the crowd noise and the throbbing from his ruptured spleen.

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The next time I see a player listed as questionable with a sore toe, I'll think of him.

For one week at least, Redskins fans can stop bashing Mark Brunell. The man completed an NFL-record 22 straight passes before throwing his first incompletion.

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Granted, those completions totaled 22 yards, but nonetheless...

Congratulations to linebacker Odell Thurman, who earlier today became the sixth Bengals player to be arrested in the last year. Your trophy's in the mail.

Thurman already was serving a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy, so he was the early favorite to come in at No. 1. But there's no shame in being sixth.

Maybe this will be the motivation he needs to start a bar fight next spring.

I had no idea that I was dyslexic until checking the college football roundup. I actually thought I read that Wake Forest and Rutgers were 4-0.

This probably explains my bad grades in high school.

The Ravens are 3-0. They've won twice on the road. They showed tremendous character yesterday by rallying from a 14-3 deficit in hostile territory. Steve McNair showed why the Ravens brought him here by leading them downfield for the game-winning field goal, exhibiting the kind of leadership and toughness that has been sorely lacking.

So it's OK to admit that McNair and the offense haven't been very good, and if marked improvement doesn't come soon, teams like Pittsburgh and Cincinnati will trounce them.

Try saying it out loud a few times. The truth will set you free - and get you hammered by radio talk-show callers. Well, if you had your own program.

Yes, I know what the Ravens, and their fans, have endured. I know McNair is a tremendous upgrade. But he has to become more accurate. And the offensive line has to do a better job of protecting him. Those are just the facts.

Is it within the rules to credit the Orioles for pursuing Frank Thomas and Nomar Garciaparra over the winter? They didn't sign either player, but they had the right idea.

We won't talk about Jeromy Burnitz.

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