Dan Daly: Pardoning their sins

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A few pertinent facts:

1. The 47-yard try was almost at the limit of his range. His longest field goal in the NFL up to then was 49 yards.

2. The longest field goal in Super Bowl history at that point was 48 yards.

So Norwood pushes the kick just barely to the right - giving the Giants a 20-19 victory - and this makes him a goat? You’ve gotta be kidding me.

— Latrell Sprewell: For choking Golden State Warriors coach P.J. Carlesimo in 1997.

I’m not saying there weren’t other ways to handle it, I’m just saying Carlesimo’s record in his last five seasons as a head coach is 87-187, and he just got fired by the Oklahoma City Thunder after the club got off to a 1-12 start. Latrell probably thought he was doing his teammates - if not the entire league - a favor.

— Brett Favre: For his performance in the 1998 Farrelly Brothers film, “There’s Something About Mary.”

True, Favre makes Bob Uecker (“Major League”) look like Marlon Brando, but some things can be excused. Especially when you throw 462 touchdown passes and, at 39, might be leading the Jets to their first Super Bowl in 40 years.

— Anna Kournikova: For never winning a singles event on the WTA Tour.

I think I speak for all malekind when I say: It’s not whether you win or lose, it’s how hot you look in a tennis outfit.

— Joe Paterno: For not retiring in 2004, at the age of 78, when Penn State posted its fourth losing record in five seasons and everybody was convinced he’d lost it.

The Nittany Lions are 40-10 since and figure to play in the Rose Bowl in January. JoePa forever!

— Gary Bettman and the NHL’s Board of Governors: For canceling the 2004-05 season.

It was painful at the time, but the game is better now. Scoring has increased, ties have been eliminated and the salary cap has given small-market teams a fighting chance.

Of course, my vision might be slightly skewed because the local entry, the Caps, have Alexander Ovechkin.

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Dan Daly

Dan Daly

Dan Daly has been writing about sports for the Washington Times since 1982. He has won numerous national and local awards, appears regularly in NFL Films’ historical features and is the co-author of “The Pro Football Chronicle,” a decade-by-decade history of the game. Follow Dan on Twitter at @dandalyonsports –- or e-mail him at ddaly@washingtontimes.com.

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