NFC West: Billy Joe Tolliver

The NFC West's dominance extends beyond fighter jets, croc files, athlete award eligibility, currency collection and retractable playing surfaces.

A look through the celebrity golf leaderboard from Lake Tahoe, Nev., shows Ken Whisenhunt, Jerry Rice and Marshall Faulk finishing among the top 20. Whisenhunt, who grew up around the game in Augusta, Ga., site of the Masters, was tied for 13th with 49 points in Stableford scoring, just ahead of Rice (15th) and Faulk (20th).

These guys need to get NFC West alumnus Trent Green out on the course a little more often. Green, former quarterback for the St. Louis Rams and three other teams, finished 80th in the 83-man field, barely beating the notoriously swing-challenged Charles Barkley.

Indeed, golf is a humbling game. It's tough to envision Barkley beating anyone after watching him swing a club. The retired NBA great did cruise past musician Jay DeMarcus (minus-83) and Sacramento Kings rookie Jimmer Fredette (minus-88).

Tony Romo, Chris Chandler, Mark Rypien, Billy Joe Tolliver and John Elway finished among the top 15 with at least 47 points. Fellow quarterbacks Joe Theismann, Trent Dilfer, Vinny Testaverde, Matt Ryan, Aaron Rodgers, Jim McMahon and Steve Beuerlein put up respectable or semi-respectable scores.

All quarterbacks do not make for competitive golfers, however.

Green scored minus-65 points. Arizona Cardinals linebacker Joey Porter finished 78th at minus-61. Chiefs coach Todd Haley, the Cardinals' former offensive coordinator, tied with New England Patriots receiver Wes Welker for 64th at minus-9.

With any luck, it's about time to put away the clubs and tee up another kind of ball.

Deion, Hammer, Favre and the 49ers

October, 9, 2009

Posted by's Mike Sando

Eighteen years before Deion Sanders and MC Hammer would surface as characters in the Michael Crabtree drama, the following scene unfolded at Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta:
  • The 49ers took a late lead over the Falcons when John Taylor beat Sanders to catch a long touchdown pass from Steve Bono.
  • The Falcons won the game with a Hail Mary pass from Billy Joe Tolliver to Michael Haynes with 1 second remaining.
  • Falcons coach Jerry Glanville celebrated on the sideline by hugging and screaming with Hammer, who was decked out in violet.
  • Brett Favre, a Falcons rookie, celebrated on the field.
NFL Network just replayed the fourth quarter of this game. Crabtree was 4 years old when the game was played Nov. 3, 1991.

I love watching old games. This one featured a few fights. That Falcons' locker room must have been a sight with Sanders, Hammer, Andre Rison and friends.
Tee Time (Pacific)
Group Number
Golfer Points
10:15 27 Trent Dilfer
10:15 27 Dan Quinn 21
10:15 27 Billy Joe Tolliver
9:55 23 John Elway 19
9:55 23 Ken Whisenhunt
9:55 23 Jerry Rice
8:35 7
Mario Lemieux
8:35 7
Marshall Faulk
8:35 7
Anfernee Hardaway
10 Bret Saberhagen
8:40 10 Jim McMahon
8:40 10 Neil Lomax
10:00 26 Digger Phelps
10:00 26 Dennis Haysbert
10:00 26 Trent Green

Posted by's Mike Sando

At least the NFC West commands respect on the golf course.

Check out the leaderboard at the American Century Championship celebrity golf tournament at Lake Tahoe. Trent Dilfer, Jerry Rice and Ken Whisenhunt are contending through the first round.

I've singled out a few NFC West-themed pairings for display in the chart at right. Full pairings here.

Dilfer trails first-round leader Tony Romo by four points. Whisenhunt, paired with John Elway and Rice in a group teeing off at 9:55 a.m. PT Saturday, is eight points back. NFC West alums Marshall Faulk and Trent Green are also playing, as is former Cardinals quarterback Neil Lomax.

Green's game apparently needs some work. His score through one round -- minus-15 -- would be sensational in regular golf, but not in a Stableford scoring system that awards six points for eagles, three points for birdies, one point for pars, no points for bogeys and minus-2 points for double-bogeys.

Side note: If Whisenhunt hits into the group ahead of him, he could strike pupil-turned-nemesis Ben Roethlisberger, whose group tees off 10 minutes earlier. Fore!