Bengals' Vontaze Burfict takes down Ben Roethlisberger in the third quarter in the AFC Wild Card game last Saturday.
Gene Collier: Good afternoon and welcome to Chat II: The Wrath of Khan. We'd like to thank international superstar Carrie Underwood both for that stirring national anthem and for her latest release, "Waitin' all week for the Thursday chat."
How am I going to expense that?
I'll be happy to answer any questions you might have.
He Drives a Mini-Van, Its a Dodge Caravan: Gene, what Burfict and PacMan both did on Saturday was historically dumb, but what's the dumbest thing (besides Plaxico spiking the ball mid-field) you've ever seen affect the outcome of such a game?
Gene Collier: Dumb and dumbest?
You're talking to someone who once in Little League wild-pitched a runner to third, disgustedly retrieved the throw from the catcher, turned his back to both the plate and the runner to walk back to the mound, and thus allowed the winning run to score.
So the key to this question is apparently "such a game," which also rules out the high school football game in which the kicker stopped near midfield to re-tie his kicking shoe, only to have the return man blow past him on the way to a 95-yard touchdown.
But for events of actual import, I supposed the dumbest thing I've seen live in my 400 years in the business was Mike Tyson biting Evander Holyfield's ear. Twice. He ended the fight on himself I seem to remember.
Found myself screaming at ringside, "Oh my God! Oh my God!"
Carl: On the Mike & Mike show this AM Brian Billick called Big Ben a drama queen and said he should keep quiet about his injuries, do you agree?
Gene Collier: The last thing I heard from Brian Billick was a tweet in which he described throwing behind the receiver over the middle always resulting in a "catastrophe."
Really? Someone dies, usually, from that error?
Who's the drama queen?
Ben's version of his injuries has always leaned toward the dramatic, true, but what's he supposed to do in those situations when all anybody wants to know from him is how he's feeling?
If he no-commented it for a week, he'd get tortured for that too.
He Drives a Mini-Van, Its a Dodge Caravan: Would you still draft Jesus #1 overall in the all-history football draft? David Bowie might be a more versatile "Slash"-type player.
Gene Collier: Clearly I would not. In the draft in question, you might remember, I passed on Jesus at No. 3, choosing instead Attila the Hun, a defensive end from Mid-Continental State A&M. The best player on my board was Ghengis Khan, or was it Genghis?, the linebacker out of Mongolia State, but he was taken 2nd. Jesus lasted until 6th pick, incredibly, because some GM's questioned weather he could throw the deep ball, when it was clearly evident that not only could he throw it, he could catch it.
Hi Gene: Are you going to Denver this weekend? And what are your musts for that city – food, drink, mountains, etc.?
Gene Collier: Well as my former colleague Bob Smizik once told me about Denver, "You owe it to yourself to drive up into the mountains if you haven't done that." Sp presumably you owe it to yourself as well. I've never done it, mostly because it takes so long to get to Denver I'm usually wiped out by the time I get there. It's like flying to Copenhagen. There's a great Mexican place downtown, but you won't see me because I'm connecting in Dallas and will probably get there Monday.
He Drives a Mini-Van, Its a Dodge Caravan: Is the late-game playcalling of Haley & Tomlin getting a pass because the Steelers snuck out of Cincy with a win? Nearly as dumb as the Bengals' penalties was the Steelers calling so many passes with a late lead, what with the running game working so well all game and the need to kill time.
Gene Collier: Yes the Steelers sneaked out of Cincinnati with a win, but the play-calling would subject to a little more scrutiny had they lost, wouldn't you say? As for the need to kill time, I think the Bengals offense took over with 6 seconds left. How much more should Tomlin and Haley have killed?
The Card Says Moops: Why can’t anyone on ESPN say ‘NFL’ instead of ‘National Football League’?
Gene Collier: Must be a congenital thing.
The Card Says Moops: Did DeCastro talk about Munchak at all – how his game has developed since entering the NFL, or did he comment on the recent sideline incident?
Gene Collier: He did not comment on any of those three things, mostly due to my unskilled questioning, but I appreciate you reading that column.
Hobbster: what is latest today, any word as to whether Ben will test his arm in practice?
Gene Collier: I don't expect him to throw until tomorrow, but then, I didn't expect to be talking Steelers football this week.
The Card Says Moops: Can you call Cris Carter and tell him to stop saying ‘Martavius’ Bryant? My tweets aren’t working.
Gene Collier: Yes I'm going to do that right now because that's all we have time for today. Thanks for your questions and don't forget to take care of your wait staff.
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