So they're trying to tell me now that George Blanda is dead, at the age of 83.
Yeah, right. Wasn't it just yesterday he was kicking field goals for the Raiders and throwing a few touchdowns on the side?
Sure seems that way. In fact, Blanda played so long -- 26 seasons, or until he was a ridiculous 48 years old -- that it seems like he never left even after he did. As long as the NFL was around, you figured, Blanda would be around.
Seems to me he subbed for Jamarcus Russell during one of his benchings last year. And that Raiders coach Tom Cable took all sorts of heat Sunday for keeping Blanda on the bench and letting Sebastian Janikowski try that chip-shot field goal at the end, the one he missed to cost the Raiders a 24-23 loss to the Cardinals.
Even at 83, Blanda could have made that.
Now, though, he's gone, or so they say. Personally I don't believe it. But just in case it's true, I think I'll go out in the backyard, tee up the football and try to kick it over the house.
Just in case, I've got Pella on speed dial.