Sports Illustrated SI.com
August 10, 2007
The Hall of Fame (I thought we were over that last week) comes surging to the fore, and the name that simply won’t go away, that of Art Monk, has drawn what Andrew described as “triple-figure e-mails.” He has chosen, as the spokesman for this group, Chris of Martinsburg, W. Va., who presents a pretty solid case for this ex-Redskins wideout. Once we get past the usual list of statistics (yawn), we get to the real stuff:
“His team speech about recommitment near the end of the previous season seemed to be a real momentum-builder for the Super Bowl run in 1991. He blocked and never cried about not getting the damn ball. He didn’t have a long term relationship with Montana, Young or Marino. He had at least four QBs while in DC.”
OK, we all know that I have been a Monk negative for many years. My line has been “catching 800 8-yard hooks just doesn’t do it for me.” Maybe it’s time to take a closer look at that rather supercilious observation. Maybe a player who has drawn such a loyal following, year in year out, deserves more serious consideration. And perhaps those Redskin fans aren’t mere nudniks, as I’ve unfortunately come to regard them, but people who might, just might, have a more accurate reading on the situation than I do. I’m not saying that you’re swinging me over completely; it’s just that I’m a lot closer to Monk’s legitimacy as a Hall of Famer than I used to be.
Chris, the chosen spokesman, says, incidentally, that he interned for the Redskins last year at RFK, “and I think I sat next to you at a game. I borrowed one of your pencils without asking and you didn’t yank it out of my hand. You must be a pretty decent guy.”
Well, Chris, you didn’t and I’m not. I wasn’t at RFK last year, and if that would have been me and you swiped one of my pencils without telling me, you’d have gotten one right in the throat and you’d be talking funny right now. You must have mistaken either Tony Kornheiser or Mike Wilbon for me. The only reason I’m forgiving you for something you really didn’t do is your observation, “I’m also married to a flaming redhead and am in the doghouse.” Probably for stealing pencils.