- The Washington Times - Sunday, October 19, 2008

Troy Polamalu, the Steelers’ roughhousing safety, is convinced the NFL has become “flag football, two-hand touch … a pansy game.”

To which I reply: Tell it to Chris Simms’ spleen.

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Polamalu says old-timers like Dick Butkus “couldn’t survive in this type of game. They wouldn’t have enough money. They’d be paying fines all the time.”

Actually, there might be some truth to that. After all, Troy’s teammate, linebacker James Harrison, just got fined $20,000. Butkus’ rookie salary was a mere $18,000 … and all the nails he could eat.

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Roger Goodell sure has been handing out fines lately. I can’t make up my mind whether he’s trying to clean up the game or build a strike fund for 2011.

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News item: Pacman Jones weighing alcohol treatment plans.

Comment: In other words, he’s scouting around for a facility that has NFL Sunday Ticket.

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A source told ESPN’s Ed Werder that Jones was initially despondent about his latest suspension and “was seeing the glass as half-empty. He’s now looking at it as half-full. He’s in a positive frame of mind.”

At this point, I don’t think it’s wise for Pacman to be looking at glasses of any kind - half-empty glasses, half-full glasses, shot glasses, martini glasses …

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You’ll be pleased to know Estero (Fla.) High bounced back from its 91-0 annihilation by Naples last week. It lost only 54-0 Friday night to Cape Coral.

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