Dan Daly: Enough about faking diseases

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Did you hear about the radio talk show hosts in Minneapolis who said they were convinced that Magic Johnson “faked AIDS”?

In Monday’s show, I hear, they’re going to suggest that Lou Gehrig didn’t really have Lou Gehrig’s disease.

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Here’s what’s really funny: One of the clowns in question, Chris Baker, won an Achievement in Radio Award when he was in Houston. It was presented by the March of Dimes.

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The Minneapolis station, KTLK, plans to make amends by airing HIV/AIDS awareness public service announcements. It also issued a statement saying, “We regret … [Baker’s and Langdon Perry’s] offhand remarks. But, hey, at least they didn’t refer to Magic as ‘nappy-headed.’ ”

(OK, I made that second part up.)

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Brett Favre has been a New York Jet for just four games, and already coach Eric Mangini is naming his newborn son Zack Brett Mangini. Of course, Zack was born on Brett’s birthday, Oct. 10.

Which raises the question: What if he were born Oct. 24 - the birthday of another famous New York quarterback, Yelberton Abraham Tittle?

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Speaking of Favre, after his six-touchdown day against the Cardinals two weeks ago, I’m beginning to think he has a shot at 500 TD passes. (He currently has 454.) Heck, 500 is 200 more than John Elway threw - and nearly matches the combined total of Joe Montana and Steve Young (505).

It also exceeds the collective efforts of Troy Aikman, Roger Staubach and Joe Namath (491).

(I’ll stop now.)

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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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