Roch around the clock

October 01, 2006|By Roch Kubatko

I hung out Friday night with Hank Bauer.

I know what you're thinking. But you'd be wrong.

It was the former San Diego Chargers special teams captain, Hank Bauer, who played six seasons before retiring in 1983 (not by choice - he broke his neck). Bauer is in town as part of San Diego's radio broadcast crew.

No surprise here, but he's picking the Chargers to win, and he believes they can go to the Super Bowl. Like many of us, he also rates LaDainian Tomlinson as the best running back in the NFL - with the hardest name to spell. Bauer gives Tomlinson low marks in only one area: picking up the blitz.

Keep that in mind, Ravens.

The Chargers will be missing safety Terrence Kiel, who last week admitted to shipping at least two parcels of prescription cough syrup to Texas, a day after being arrested.

Even stranger, Terrell Owens accidentally ingested all of it.

So, should I pay $30 for a pay-per-view telecast of Mike Tyson fighting a four-round exhibition against his sparring partner? What's next for this guy, wrestling a bear?

Maybe the Orioles should steal this idea to increase revenue. Charge $30 for people to sit home and watch batting practice. Or a Kris Benson bullpen session.

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