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NFL players continue to complain about getting fined by the league for plays that didn’t draw a penalty.

I know exactly how you feel, guys. I just found out in the mail that I got caught by a speed camera going 47 in a 35 mph zone.

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Speaking of gratuitous violence, Blitz: The League II, the latest version of the goriest football video game ever invented, is now in stores. And get this, kids: It includes a new feature, “precision aim tackles,” that enables you target a particular area of an opposing player’s body.

As pitchman Lawrence Taylor explained it to AOL, “For example, you may find out a certain player on the other team - like a running back - may have a knee problem. When you tackle that player, you can direct the area you want to attack. You might want to attack that knee to put him out of the game and thereby enhance your possibilities of winning.”

Lovely.

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Just as there’s nothing subtle about the game - it’s kind of the Ultimate Fighting version of the NFL - there’s nothing subtle about its promotion. “If you don’t [buy it],” the manufacturer vows, “LT will hunt you down and treat you like Joe Theismann.”

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Interesting column the other day by Bob Kravitz of the Indianapolis Star. Kravitz talked to the Colts’ Tony Dungy - the first black man to coach a Super Bowl winner - about another trailblazer, Barack Obama.

Dungy laughed about how his feat was “not even in the same universe” with Obama’s. Then he mentioned how, at the time of Brown v. the Board of Education, the landmark 1954 Supreme Court decision that outlawed educational segregation, his father, Wilber, “taught science in an all-black school in Alexandria, Va. The [school] building right next door was all-white. He’d always say, ‘I’ve got to get my students to learn just as much as the students in that building over there.’”

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Ryan Leaf’s continuing personal drama - he has resigned as the QB coach at West Texas A&M because of a drug charge - is yet another reminder of how shaky the top of the 1998 draft was. Three of the first five players were total busts: Leaf (Chargers, second), defensive end Andre Wadsworth (Cardinals, third) and running back Curtis Enis (Bears, fifth). Not one of them lasted beyond his third season.

Then there’s Kyle Turley, the seventh player picked (by the Saints). The only thing he ever led the league in was tattoos, though he did set a record for longest helmet throw.

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