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A quarterback controversy? In Baltimore?

Oh sure, they're fun. Remember Marty Domres and Bert Jones? But I hardly consider Steve McNair and Kyle Boller as being worthy.

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Not yet, at least.

I was impressed by the way Boller took charge, how he exuded confidence, how he moved out of the pocket and threw the ball away instead of forcing it into coverage. And he actually threw it  downfield on occasion. We're talking 20, 25 yards. Exciting stuff. He came within inches of connecting with Mark Clayton and Todd Heap on long throws in front of the Ravens' bench. But let's not get too giddy over two deflected passes that went for touchdowns. That's luck, not skill.

Boller was better than I anticipated. He wasn't good enough to kick McNair to the curb after six weeks.

Maybe after the bye. Be patient. Don't force a controversy where one doesn't exist. If it's meant to be, it'll happen naturally.

The Athletics fired Ken Macha today, proving once again you're an idiot if you can't get through the ALCS.

Macha was 368-280 in four seasons, including 93-69 this year. The A's swept the Twins in the Division Series. But Macha must have turned stupid in the ALCS because the Tigers swept them. And it has to be the mananger's fault, right?

Keep in mind that the A's were going to dump him after last season, then changed their minds and signed him to a three-year deal. And he went out and won the West Division and the first round of the playoffs.

Which chapter in Moneyball covers all of this?

A reminder that if you have any interest in standing in a room that includes Brooks Robinson, Jim Palmer, Boog Powell, Paul Blair, Luis Aparicio, Andy Etchebarren, Dick Hall, Wally Bunker, Tom Phoebus, Eddie Watt and Hank Bauer, among others from the Orioles' 1966 world championship team, look no further than the Murphy Fine Arts Center on the campus of Morgan State University.

Just don't get there before Thursday or you'll be alone. And feeling pretty silly.

The festivities begin at 6 p.m. with cocktails and a silent auction. The program starts at 7:30 p.m. and includes a live auction.

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