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Opening Arguments


I meant to post on this yesterday, but it slipped my mind. What a great newspaper stunt:

January 13, 2008 -- IRVING, Texas, Jess win, baby!

Even a fake Jessica Simpson was good enough to throw off the Dallas Cowboys yesterday, as Big Blue took a Giant step toward the Super Bowl.

The Giants, who notched a stunning 21-17 victory over Dallas, had a good-luck charm in the stands - beautiful Simpson lookalike Lynsey Nordstrom.

The real Simpson was the subject of hand-wringing in Big D all week, because of quarterback beau Tony Romo's habit of losing when she's in attendance.

Simpson didn't show up yesterday, but The Post brought Nordstrom - a 21-year-old nanny from Bothell, Wash. - to Texas Stadium.

We sat her in the third row behind the Dallas bench, and she must have made the difference - Romo's final drive was stopped short of the end zone.

You're welcome, New York!

Newspapers have gotten a lot more ethical in recent years, which is all for the better. But they're a lot more boring. It wasn't all that long ago that newspapers would do whatever it took to generate excitement and increase circulation. When I started on my second newspaper job in Michigan City, there was a legendary ex-editor named Al Spiers -- he still came into the office occasionally to drop off a fishing or outdoors column -- who had kept a special eye on letters to the editor in his day. Whenever they slowed down, he would fake a letter -- I mean, write it himself and put a phony name on it -- about something outrageous, like how the "stray dog" problem should be solved by giving all residents a special 48-hour permit to just go out and shoot them. Dozens of angry responses would flood in, and Al would be a happy man.

That was small potatoes, of course. Al wasn't messing with "America's game" and what, not too many years ago, was known as "America's team." Expect a congressional inquiry any day, if they can work it in between the steroid hearings.

I wonder, by the way, who the San Diego newspaper put in the stands Sunday to neutralize the Colts' defense.


Bob G.
Tue, 01/15/2008 - 1:27pm

I believe the spirit of Johnny Unitas was there...after all, he DID play for the Chargers in his last year as quarterback (1973), AFTER he left the BALTIMORE Colts (when football was STILL football).

Now THAT was entertainment!
((...And the LEGEND lives on...))