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Um, Terrell Owens, we found at least one "original 81" who ain't you, pal.

Response to last week’s homage to Blackie Sherrod was, well, yummier than a plate of scratch biscuits and red-eye gravy. So, yes, in fact, I’ll make this a weekly staple.

Riddle me this: Buffalo’s Terrence McGee fields a kickoff in his own zone last Monday night and is eventually credited with a 103-yard touchdown return. But Tony Dorsett took a hand-off in his own end zone on a Monday night long, long ago and was eventually credited with only a 99-yard touchdown run. Why? If we can have103-yard kickoff returns and 108-yard interception returns, why not a 102-yard run? Discuss ...

Along those same lines, how the hell can LSU keep getting away with these tricky fake kicks? In college, a runner whose knee is down is down. Right? But twice this season LSU holder Matt Flynn has taken a field-goal snap -- knee firmly on ground -- only to get up and pull some shenanigans. What am I missing? ...

Weird, but the first two words that came to my mind after watching Nick Folk’s game-winning 53-yard field goal against Buffalo? "Mike" and "Vanderjagt" ...

Speaking of that frenetic finish, ya know, it could’ve been even weirder. If you remember, while Wade Phillips was punching the air and Terrell Owens was sprinting off the field and Jerry Jones was hyperventilating at game’s end, a yellow “flag” indicator appeared on ESPN’s score box. Celebration penalty? After the game’s over? Nope. After a little -- OK, very little -- digging, I realized that Buffalo was actually offside on Folk’s second kick. Had he missed, he would’ve had a third chance -- from 48 yards ...

With the relatively infantile Colorado Rockies advancing to the National League Championship Series, the number of baseball teams never to win a playoff series has dwindled to two: the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and, yep, you guessed it, Your Texas Rangers ...

In not talking, Terrell Owens talks about him being “the Original 81.” Around these parts -- where his stiff competition is limited to Jackie Smith, Rocket Ismail and Alexander Wright -- maybe. But I think Art Monk, Night Train Lane or Hall of Fame Purple People Eater Carl Eller might have something to say about the national debate ...

Four contracts and two World Series after the Rangers deducted that he was in severe decline, Pudge Rodriguez is still going strong. We’re supposed to be surprised. But we’re not ...

Mark Cuban’s HDNet Fights debuts Saturday at the American Airlines Center. Frit around doing the Libido Limbo all he wants, but step into the ring and win a mixed martial arts bout, and we promise to be genuinely impressed ...

You can eat broccoli and herb-crusted tilapia and glazed carrots all week if you must, but no doubt your best meal of the week will be the drive-thru Whataburger double-double after a night of over-indulging at the The Front Porch. --Richie Whitt


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