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• Sideline: Yes, Non–Conference Games DO Count
• NCAA Preview 2009
• Sideline: Time For The Talking To Stop
• Sideline: In Memory of Air McNair
• Sideline: Will Goodell Hand Out Hard Time?
• Sideline: Marshall's Not Joshing
• NFL Draft: No Rush To Judgment
• NFL Draft Analysis 2009 (Part 2)
• Sideline: NFL Draft Thoughts (Part 2)
• Sideline: NFL Draft Thoughts
• Sideline: Will Play For Food
• Sideline: Wonderlic Scores
• Sideline: Manning and Sanchez
• Sideline: 2010 Leagues Sci–fi, or Fantasy? / March Madness
• Sideline: Break Out The Brackets
• Sideline: LaDainian Tomlinson On The Record
• Sideline: The Incredible Sulk Continues
• Sideline: Guildford Heat Fired Up
• Sideline: Super Bowl thoughts from the Valley of the Sun
• Sideline: I know I came in here for something
• Sideline: College Football National Signing Day
• Sideline: 27 Points — 27 Super Bowl thoughts
• Sideline: An Epic QB Matchup?
• Sideline: Appreciating Arizona for What They Were
• Sideline: NFL Divisional Weekend Preview
• Sideline: Bowl Season Hangover
• Sideline: Six weeks Later
• Sideline: Wildcard Weekend Preview
• Sideline: Santa's Sackings
• Sideline: A Weis Decision ...for Now
• Sideline: Eye on the Ticker
• Sideline: Lions — An Anagram of Losin
• Sideline: Ready for the Turkey
• Sideline: Making it to the Big Dance
• Sideline: Brighter Days Ahead for Chargers?
• Sideline: Unnecessary Hits To The Pocket / Upset: BYU
• Sideline: Romo's Pause / Seattle Seahawks
• Sideline: Weekend Prep: Red River and More
• Sideline: College Football's 'Crossroads' Weekend
• Sideline: Gramatical Error
• Sideline: Turning The Page
• Sideline: So Cal 'Quizzed
• Sideline: 3rd Tuesday Panic / Forté Yard Dash
• Sideline: Two and Oh; Oh and Two
• Sideline: No More NCAAffeine
• Sideline: Week 1 College Football
• Sideline: How To Spell Heisman / Chad Ocho Cinco
• Sideline: A Second Slice
• Sideline: The Favre story STILL won't go away
• Sideline: Olympic Notes / Ricky's Still Relevant
• Sideline: Committee Meetings
• Sideline: Let the QB Battles Begin
• Sideline: Slinging The Slinger — More Favre
• Interview: Clint Dempsey
• Sideline: Welcome to the 2008 season
• Sideline: Plus One
• 2008 NFL Draft Review
• Sideline: Draft: The Morning After
• Sideline: Draft: Thinking the Unthinkable
• Sideline: Draft: Ready For The Long Haul
• Sideline: Sofa–bound Sport
• Sideline: Post–Winter Wonderland
• Sideline: Six Impossible Things
• Sideline: Brady's Misdirection Play
• Sideline: Colorful Language
• Sideline: Let the Romo–bashing begin
• Sideline: Bowl Bites: The Wrap
• Sideline: All About The Coaches
• Sideline: Bowl Bites 3
• Sideline: Bowl Bites 2
• Sideline: Bowl Bites 1
• Sideline: Coach Situations Vacant
• Sideline: For Some, The Playoffs Are Now
• Sideline: A Certain Lack Of Welcome
• Sideline: Unrelated Notes
• Sideline: Two Thanksgiving thoughts
• Sideline: Halftime: NFC
• Sideline: Halftime: AFC
• Sideline: London / A Tale of Two Chads / Intimidation
• Sideline: Damp Squib / Other London Notes
• Sideline: Rock 'Em, Sock 'Em / Dolphins – The Aftermath
• Sideline: The Dolphins Did What?
• Sideline: Notes on the Defenses
• Sideline: Habits to be Broken
• Sideline: Overtime
• Sideline: This Week's Starters
• Sideline: USF: Covering The Spread / Fantastic Football
• Sideline: Grossman: The Final Act? / McNabb, the Epilogue
• Sideline: Eagles QB in Slight Controversy
• Sideline: Leftwich's Parting Gift / Boos cruise
• Sideline: Notre Dame M.I.A.
• Sideline: Looking Beyond NFL Wk. 1
• Sideline: Best Hope For Heisman
• Sideline: Coaching Hot Seats / AP Poll Feeling ’Appy
• Sideline: The NFL’s Prime Cuts
• Sideline: Michigan Falls to Killer Apps
• Sideline: Look Out Couch / The Taint's On You, Bud
Observations, Opinion & Occasional Silliness by Richard L Gale
GROSSMAN: THE FINAL ACT?
Watching The Cowboys-Bears game was a real treat. Okay, as a football spectacle, it won't be remembered as a classic other than by perhaps Dallas fans. But as human theater, it was fascinating.
Here then was Grossman, two steps from being benched, throwing three interceptions in front of the gathered masses of the Soldier Field faithful. And up against him, making a mockery of the fabled Chicago defense, and looking for all the world like the second coming of the (for Bears fans) detestable Brett Favre, was Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo.
Romo was by no means perfect – he threw one interception, and he was sacked three times – but could there have been any greater contrast between Dallas' QB of the future, oozing outrangeous self-belief and throwing for 329 yards, and Chicago's QB of questionable future, nervously connecting on less than 50% of his passes en route to 195 difficult, excruciatingly disconnected yards.
This, every Bears fan was thinking, is the sort of quarterback we should have. And they weren't looking at Grossman.
I've heard boos, and I've heard calls for the back-up quarterback often enough, but I have never heard an entire stadium as one rise up and call with such coordination for a change of quarterback. 'Griese! Griese! Griese!' - this was like something from a gladiatorial arena.
Last week I predicted that once the Bears reached a losing record, Grossman would be pulled. Well, we're there. It's time. I think Grossman knows it too. He smiles and tries to go about his business as the starting quarterback, but for all that Lovie Smith says that Grossman is his guy, and the players says he's their guy, I think the moment when Grossman thought he was their guy has passed.
He knows it's coming. It's time to put him - and about 80,000 paying customers –out of their misery.
McNabb, the Epilogue
Following on from McNabb is still the franchise in Philadelphia – let nobody forget it. After last week, just how satisfying was McNabb's 381-yard, 4 TD performance in a 56-21 romp over Detroit? So much for controversy. (If only we didn't have to see those uniforms on the highlight reel, although no less hideous than the yellow throwbacks worn by the Redskins this past week).
You know, there's a part of me that really wants to see McNabb win the big one. It's called my wife. First sighting of an Eagles hat this season, and not a boo to be heard. The hat, I now recall, was bought in Philadelphia the same month Limbaugh resigned from ESPN.