Tom Jones' 2 cents

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Shooting from the lip/Nov. 26th edition

Looking back at a weekend of televised sports ...

suh.Strongest comment
Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh is a heck of a player. A heck of a jerk, too. Seems we can't go more than a few games without Suh doing something dirty. The latest incident was kicking Texans quarterback Matt Schaub in the groin on Thanksgiving Day -- the second straight Turkey Day that Suh used his foot against an opposing player.

Even worse, perhaps, than facing punishment by the league, Suh has lost the respect of many who played the game. That includes CBS NFL Today analyst Boomer Esiason, who laid into Suh.

"This is supposed to be a brotherhood,'' Esiason said. "You're supposed to have respect for one another. Bruce Smith, I could always shake his hand. Reggie White, I could always shake his hand after a game. I would never shake this guy's hand because, once again, he has crossed over the line, and it's obvious it was on purpose.'' …

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Shooting from the lip/Nov. 12th edition

Looking back at a weekend of televised sports ...

martin.Best praise
How fun to finally see the Bucs get attention from the national media. Over the past couple of seasons they have been ignored by the networks, and you can certainly understand why. Not only were they bad last season, they were, worse yet, boring.

But after a solid start to the 2012 season, the Bucs are getting noticed. CBS made the Bucs a big part of its pregame show, sending Bill Cowher in to do a feature on coach Greg Schiano and his team.

Meantime, after his 251-yard rushing game, Doug Martin has become the talk and toast of the NFL.

"Doug Martin is an every-down back, and we don't have many in the NFL,'' analyst Marshall Faulk said on the NFL Network's GameDay Morning. "With Vincent Jackson and Josh Freeman, they have their triplets.''

Best prediction
Talking about the Falcons-Saints game, ESPN's Sunday NFL Countdown analyst Mike Ditka said: "I can see the Saints pulling off an upset. They've got to outscore them. Their defense is not going to stop Atlanta’s offense.''

Ditka was right all the way around as the Saints beat the Falcons 31-27. …

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Shooting from the lip/Nov. 5th edition

Looking back at a weekend of televised sports ...

sandy.Saddest fact
Mike Ditka of ESPN's Sunday NFL Countdown was trying to say the right thing, so I'm not jumping on him, exactly.

But in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Ditka said, "One great thing about sport in the history of our country: It's an outlet. … So for 2½, three hours today, it's going to be football as usual, life as usual. I wrote down one thing: Life doesn't stop after a disaster like this, but it sure slows down a lot.''

As much as I'd like to think that sports is a great diversion from a disaster such as Hurricane Sandy, it really isn't. Ultimately, those most affected by disasters and tragedies can't find a diversion in anything, including sports.

Like I said, Ditka was trying to say the right thing, and sports ultimately do help us return to a sense of normalcy after something tragic. But to suggest that sports erase the awful things in life, even for a couple of hours, just isn't true.

rg3.Most brow-raising comment
The NFL Network's Sterling Sharpe spouted off about comparisons between Panthers quarterback Cam Newton and Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III. …

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