Friday, September 04, 2009

A Plug for the Kansas Comet

Last night, two tickets to the Bears "game" (such is preseason game #4) landed in my lap. I took the 9 Year Old and ended up 13 rows off the field on the 30 yard line. Nachos ensued.

About midway through the second quarter, the scoreboard flashed the results of a cell phone poll: Who is the best running back in Bears history?

Walter Payton won hands down with nearly 90% of the vote over Red Grange, Bronco Nagurski and Gale Sayers. The other three all scored in the single digits.

Now, no one should disagree with the results. Payton was the best. But not by the margin the vote suggests. I mentioned this to the 20 something next to me and asked him if he'd ever seen clips of Gale Sayers. I was stunned to hear that he had not, especially in this YouTube era.

Sayers was an absolutely crazy runner. That people these days don't know his body of work is a crime. In that spirit, and since the Cubs are irrelevant, here a sample of the moves from an Omaha Central High School graduate...

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