Just a few drifting thoughts on a dreary afternoon:
• Troy Polamalu is just the nicest guy in the world, I gather. At least that's the way my wife looks at him, but I wonder if he really enjoys having all that hair to have to take care of. Instead of looking tough, it makes him look like a hair-dresser's dream. How does he get all that mop inside a helmet?
• Mike Martz is catching as much fire in Chicago as Jay Cutler, for whom Martz calls the plays. "Do you trust Mike Martz with Jay Cutler's career?" asks a Chicago columnist, who also faults the Bears' offensive coordinator for calling on Todd Collins to deliver passes on his first three plays against the Steelers, a guy who had only been throwing passes in his dreams.
• Tell you this, Mark Bradley is pulling no punches in his advice to Georgia Tech on how to get Paul Hewitt on the road and out of town. Sooner or later, Dan Radakovich is going to have to pull the trigger, based on sagging attendance, all the remodeling coming up and the team facing the entire 2011-12 season "on the road." The more the years pass, the more the Tech athletics department sinks into debt, now standing at about $187 million. The AJC columnist won't let them forget.
• Look-alikes: Aaron Rodgers and John Smoltz ... and you can bet John would like to be that young again.
• Wherever the Pittsburgh Steelers show up, so now does the Terrible Towel, that dirty looking rag that actually came into being as a Pirates' symbol, in the days when they were on their game. It began with a sports writer, Myron Cope, a likeable little man who transferred his allegiance to broadcasting. Myron passed away a couple of ago, and the Terrible Towel prolongs the memory of him.
• Never met the man, but here are some of the gems that come from the mind of Steven Wright: 1) If you want the rainbow, you have to put up with the rain, 2) OK, what's the speed of dark? 3) A clear conscience is the sign of a bad memory, 4) I'd kill for a Nobel Peace prize. And those are just some of his openers.
• Interview questions that vex me:
"What was going through your mind?
"How does this make you feel?" (After you've won the game.)
"When did you know you had it won?"
• Caleb Hanie -- name of the Bears backup quarterback, or proprietor of a country hardware store?
Furman Bisher is one of the deans of American sports writing. The long-time Atlanta sports journalist is a member of the Georgia and Atlanta Sports Halls of Fame and in addition to his newspaper writing as authored multiple books profiling major figures like Hank Aaron and Arnold Palmer. He writes periodical columns for the Citizen.