TMQ Nation fires back
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Tuesday in London, producers shot on-location footage for the upcoming sci-fi epic, "Jason Taylor vs. Mothra."
I have tickets to the London game on my desk too, and likewise have been staring at the disclaimers, which are in astonishingly small type -- I had to find a magnifying glass. One warns, "The Ticket and the copyright of this Ticket shall remain the property of the Management." Fifty-five pounds doesn't even buy the ticket itself -- that is, the piece of paper? Another says, "You shall not bring into the Stadium" items including "explosives." Darn, I was going to bring explosives to the game until I saw that's against regulations! The disclaimers do not say, 'Game play may reflect artifice and cheating, the NFL makes no warrant of honest competition." Look for that disclaimer on 2008 tickets.
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The Ultimate Leader on the sideline Sunday night. No hat. He looks cold. Small wonder Denver won.
This week's TMQ column also contained muted, friendly criticism of Patriots coach Bill Belichick. Among other things, I docked him for running up the score against hapless Miami. Craig Bursch of Duluth, Minn., countered, "Normally, I agree with you on sportsmanship and showing mercy to an overmatched opponent. However, you were off base with your criticism of Bill Belichick. Leading by three touchdowns in the fourth quarter does not guarantee victory. There are numerous examples of comebacks by teams who were woefully behind, only to have the team in the lead let up and allow the comeback to happen. Tennessee did it this very Sunday! Against Miami, the Patriots simply put their foot down and squashed a potential comeback from occurring." I also asserted that Belichick had been unsportsmanlike by ordering his team to try to score from the Dallas 1-yard line with 23 seconds remaining, despite having a 41-27 lead. At the 1:43 mark, I wrote, Dallas was out of timeouts, New England had three downs and should have knelt from that point. Readers including Justine Lazar of Gloucester, Mass., countered that Wade Phillips had called a pointless timeout with 1:54 remaining, which ticked Belichick off, causing him to run up the score in retaliation. The final Dallas timeout was indeed pointless, but my argument stands: Belichick had an opportunity to show sportsmanship on national television, and instead he acted -- well, you pick the word. Here is the fourth quarter play-by-play, judge for yourself.
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At Boston College, they're highly ranked in football and in athletic graduation rates.
Last week I wrote, "Every advance in archeology makes civilization seem older." Many, many readers including Ryan Melyon of Flossmoor, Ill., wrote in to note that just two days after that column appeared, an important new paper in the technical journal Nature reported findings that modern Homo sapiens existed in Africa at least as far back as 164,000 years ago. Previous theory assumed that modern Homo sapiens have existed for 100,000 to 200,000 years, but the oldest direct evidence stretched only about 70,000 years back. Researchers from a consortium of colleges found evidence that 164,000 years ago on the South African coast -- then a cold place, owing to the Pleistocene Ice Age -- Homo sapiens were fishing, using stone tools and adorning their bodies with pigment. Given shorter life spans in prehistory, that's about 8,000 generations in the past. Eight thousand generations ago, people were fashioning tools to live, and seeking painted symbols to grant their lives meaning.
TMQ has noted before that defenses run by the tastefully named Gregg Williams perform better when Williams resists the urge to call lots of blitzes. Now, as pointed out by Ben Domenech of Leesburg, Va.,, Washington Times sportswriter Ryan O'Halloran has the chapter and verse. In his first season as the Redskins' defensive coordinator in 2004, O'Halloran notes, Williams called blitzes on 51 percent of the opposition's snaps. This season, Washington blitzed just once in a two-week span of games against Detroit and Green Bay, while often Williams has called three-man rushes, with a defensive lineman dropping into the slant zones to confuse the opposing quarterback. This year, as the Redskins have rarely blitzed, the team's sack total is up while its points-allowed number is down.
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TMQ compromise proposed: Start all Chicago games Bears 7, Opponent 0, then don't let Devin Hester play.
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Perhaps Tom Brady will get visiting rights and she will get the NFL touchdown passing record.
Manning record safe:
Court gives every third score to
-- Ike Pigott, Leeds, Ala.
In addition to writing Tuesday Morning Quarterback, Gregg Easterbrook is the author of "The Progress Paradox: How Life Gets Better While People Feel Worse" and other books. He is also a contributing editor for The New Republic, The Atlantic Monthly and The Washington Monthly.