- The Washington Times - Monday, January 7, 2008

Saturday night in the Big Easy was swell until the Rover’s new barstool pal (a fellow Steelers fan named Arn) decided to express his disgust at Pittsburgh’s playoff loss by tossing a beer bottle at a flat screen TV in a Bourbon Streen bar.

No strangers to rowdy behavior, the bouncers at said bar were on angst-ridden Arn quicker than critters on a carcass, leaving the Rover in a precariously awkward position. You try explaining a 15-minute friendship to two testosterone-addled cretins.

Thankfully, the Rover was both sober and uncharacteristically diplomatic. The same could not be said for Arn, who was last seen slurring his way through an unconvincing explanation to the management. Also thankfully, Arn’s aim was as bad as Ben Roethlisberger’s on Saturday night, a fact that spared both the TV and Arn much uglier fates. The moral: an empty stool in a packed bar is likely vacant for a very good reason. …

• Atypically, the quote of the day was authored by Ohio State coach Jim Tressel, a man who’s usually right between famine and disease on the humor meter. Informed that LSU would be watching the film “300” last night, Tressel was completely at a loss: “ ‘300?’ I’m not familiar with ‘300.’ I’m not a real movie guy. The last movie I went to was ‘Jaws.’ ” You can bet Tressel has watched plenty of film starring LSU.

Barker Davis

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