The Electric Commentary

Friday, February 27, 2004


Most visitors know me already. My name is Paul Noonan. I am a lawyer (Sorry. One of the first things that they tell you in law school is that you MUST state that you are a lawyer within two sentences of meeting someone). I also live in Chicago, although I am originally from a suburb of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

I have, for the past 2 years, written a football column during football season. It has until this point been exclusively available via e-mail, but from this point on it will be available everywhere on earth via the magic of the Internet, so that now even those in third world countries can gain insight into the subtle nuances of the cover-2 defense.

I probably won’t post very much until late July, but to keep busy until football season, I am also a bit of a politics junkie, just like 98% of everyone else with a blog. So we’ll have some of that.

We’ll also get to make fun of TO even though it’s the off-season. This brings me great joy. His soon to be ex-agent did not file the appropriate paperwork in time so TO is stuck with the 49ers for another 3 years. More importantly, he will not get that big free agent money.

But T’s plight is everyone else’s blessing, because while signing him as a free agent would have resulted in some team taking a big cap hit, he can now be had for a song (that song being “Bad, Bad, Leroy Brown” which, as most of you know, isn’t even a very good song). Teams that would never have contemplated signing T are now in the running for his services. It may even screw up the Portis/Bailey deal that is purportedly in the works. Suddenly the NFL, which has not seen a big trade in eons due to the salary cap circumvention device that is the signing bonus, is awash in trade rumors. But why?


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