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PCR #183. (Vol. 4, No. 39) This edition is for the week of September 22--28, 2003.
Last week, Denver Bronco coach Mike Shanahan took a lot of grief for giving a misleading injury report on his quarterback. Knowing his player had injured his shoulder, Shanahan reported at half-time that the player had suffered a "slight concussion." After the game, Shanahan came clean, stating that, if the injured player had been able to return to the game, and the opposing team knew his weakness, they would capitalize on it. Though no rule was broken, Shanahan was unofficially chastised by National Football League commissioner Paul Tagliabue, who issued a new rule that injuries must be reported correctly, "for a variety of reasons." Hmmmmmmm........could one of those reasons be gambling, Paul? I mean, after all, football is the ONLY sport that requires not only an injury report, but one that measures the players' possibility of playing. I mean, they don't tell you in baseball if Chipper Jones is going to play or not. You wait until the line up is announced. Why in the hell is it so important to know, sometimes days before the game, if a player is going to play? GAMBLING! You can gamble on anything in Vegas, including individual quarters of a football game. I'm sure many gamblers might get upset if they think their QB has a concussion and it turns out he can't throw. And we wouldn't want to upset the gamblers, now would we, Paul? I can't wait until some coach announces that his star running back has hurt his knee and then that running back is crippled for life when some huge linebacker chop blocks him, later telling reporters he knew the players' weakness.
IF HE'S NOT BACK BY WEDNESDAY, WE GET CLAPTON
Well, that's it for this now. Have a great week! See ya.
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