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September 20, 2010

Let's move on from Jacory and racist Tweeter; plus why Sparano wears sunglasses, Dolphins-Jets Countdown Clock, NYJ-DUI bust & more

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1aatonys WHY TONY SPARANO WEARS SUNGLASSES IN A DAY-LIT DOME: I would address this blog item to CBS' Dan Dierdorf and Greg Gumbel, who had their fun Sunday with Dolphins coach Tony Sparano wearing sunglasses inside the Vikings' dome. I would address this to NFL Network's Deion Sanders, Rich Eisen and Steve Mariucci, who similarly kidded at Sparano's expense that night. And I would address this as a preemptive strike to any Jets writers who might find themselves desperate for material this week and looking to make fun of Sparano going all movie star with the shades look. Dear Media Colleagues: Sparano, while working in a Connecticut restaurant as a teen, lost his sight for nearly a month after hot grease from a deep-fryer accidentally splashed in his eyes. To this day his eyes water excessively and are extremely sensitive to light. That is why he often wears sunglasses when others might not. It is why lights are rarely on in his office. The look happens to fit rather nicely with South Beach chic, come to think of it. And makes for easy jokes. But the look also reminds that Sparano seeing at all might be what some would even consider a miracle.

[Dolphins-Jets ticket update: Sunday's game is one of two Dolphin home games (Steelers) already sold out. A mole at StubHub said MIA-NYJ is the third-hottest game at their site, with tickets -- they have about 1,900 available -- going for an average of $137 and as much as $700. Florida buyers outnumber NY/NJ buyers by a 3-1 ratio so far].

1aabraylon3 ON JACORY HARRIS AND THE RACIST TWEET: Let me say I think my own newspaper and other media made much too much of Miami Hurricanes quarterback Jacory Harris (right) receiving a hateful Twitter message claiming fans don't want a black quarterback. I hate that one anonymous, pissant hater in effect makes national news -- it was on ESPN.com's homepage -- by spitting his vile bile. I hate that a cretin hiding in shadows gets to feel that kind of power. But I also understand it became news because Harris volunteered the information. I refuse to sit here -- as a white journalist -- and admonish Jacory for being too sensitive. He feels what he feels. But I will say he must make sure that what he feels channels not into self-doubt, but into fuel. Four picks at Ohio State and one idiotic Tweet should, in that order, combine to make Jacory Harris one highly motivated young man Thursday night at Pitt. [Update: Many of you know by now that the racist Tweeter has been ID'd as Douglas Diaz, aka motown305. Let's let this drop, OK? I don't know that he deserves anything more than his public shame. He has embarrassed his name. Now let's move on].  

FANTASY UPDATE: WOE (AND ZERO) IS ME: Tough, dispiriting losses this week left both my teams 0-2. My Bad Newz Fennelz fell 126-120 despite LeSean McCoy's 35. Needed a bigger Monday night from Brees/Colston, or a better Sunday from the Ravens' D. My other league's Greg's Lobos lost 112-100. Got steamrolled on MNF by Frank Gore. Gored!

1aabraylon 1aabraylon2 JET BRAYLON EDWARDS ARRESTED: Jet Week in South Florida blasts off with NYJ receiver Braylon Edwards (left) busted in New York early this week on DUI charges after blowing a .16, twice the legal max. Cops stopped him because his Range Rover's windows were overly tinted. Pictured right: A typical Dolfan reacts to the arrest news. [Update: Edwards will play Sunday but not start, a rather gutless slap on the wrist by Rex Ryan]. 

1aalskinner LEONARD SKINNER, R.I.P.: Leonard Skinner, a Jacksonville teacher who inspired a Southern rock band to call itself Lynyrd Skynyrd, died today in upstate Florida at age 77. Favorite Skynyrd song of the non-hits: "Down South Jukin'."

1aapubic OOPS!: The billboard at left, extolling the South Bend, Ind. public school system, got past four proofreaders, none of whom noticed the missing L in public.

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