Roch Around the Clock

ROCH AROUND THE CLOCK

The Kickoff

October 23, 2006|By ROCH KUBATKO

I was watching an ESPN Classic program on former heavyweight champion George Foreman over the weekend, and it included his 1973 demolition of Joe Frazier in Jamaica. Sitting at ringside, Howard Cosell bellowed, "He's a big, strong boy."

Not quite as bad as "Look at that little monkey run," but I cringed nonetheless.

Today, a comment like that would get Steve Lyons fired.

Three certainties in life: death, taxes, and a television camera focusing on the head coach immediately after his kicker misses a field goal.

Happens every time.

The Washington Redskins' Joe Gibbs got a little face time after former Maryland kicker Nick Novak was wide left on a 35-yard attempt. Gibbs didn't show any expression. I'm not sure he owns one.

Just once, I want to see a coach make a strangling motion with his hands. Just once.

Nice to see Michael Vick play like a quarterback yesterday instead of a running back. He should try it more often.

Can we please line up everyone who picked the Miami Dolphins to go to the Super Bowl and revoke their credentials? Immediately.

I know Matt Bryant made a 62-yard field goal to beat the Philadelphia Eagles, but what was Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Jon Gruden thinking? I can't imagine his assessing the situation and saying to himself, "Oh, yeah, we've got this."

roch.kubatko@baltsun.com

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