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A requiem for Leslie Nielsen

Updated: December 1, 2010, 12:23 PM ET
By Matthew Berry | ESPN.com

Today's introduction is long. Even for me. If you'd just like to skip the nonsense and get to the pickups, click here. Otherwise, keep reading. I hope you'll like it; I enjoyed writing it.

Lots and lots of people are funny. But very few are funny the way Leslie Nielsen was. Nielsen, best known for his roles in movies like "Airplane!" and the "Naked Gun" series, passed away Sunday at age 84.

Like many of you, I loved those movies and was a big fan of Leslie's work. When ...

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