Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

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Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Sports Extra

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Byline: Bob Pulley


LaDainian Tomlinson better than Jim Brown? Gimme a break.

But that's San Diego Chargers coach Marty Schottenheimer's opinion, and he has the background and qualifications to make it.

Schottenheimer's argument is that the NFL is now in an era in which linemen weigh 300 pounds, linebackers weigh more than lineman did in Brown's day and people at both positions run faster than many running backs of Brown's day.

But there never has been another player like Jim Brown. He averaged 5.2 yards per carry in his career -- including a 6.4 average in 1963 -- compared to the 4.4 average Tomlinson carried into this season. Brown also averaged 9.5 yards per reception, compared to the Chargers star's 7.1.

Brown rushed for 1,863 yards in just 14 games in 1963. They play 16-game seasons now, and the most Tomlinson has ever rushed for is 1,683 in 2002.

Brown, if he played now, also would have all the advantages of scientific weight programs and such that make today's players so much bigger and faster.

No doubt, Tomlinson is a great player, a shoo-in for the Hall of Fame if he stays healthy. But Brown was Superman, and even Schottenheimer should know better than to pull on Superman's cape.



Poor Jelena Dokic. The former tennis phenom (left), now 22, has seen her ranking slip from No. 4 in 2002 to 349.

And the big problem is her own father, Damir Dokic, who was his daughter's mentor and tennis coach until 2003, claimed the draw for the 2001 Australian Open was rigged and took her from Down Under to live in Serbia-Montenegro.

Along the way, her father was ejected from the '99 DFS Classic in Birmingham for calling club members "Nazis who supported the bombing of Yugoslavia." He fought with a television crew in 2000 and smashed a journalist's mobile phone the same year.

He then was thrown out of the 2000 U.S. Open after an argument over the price of fish and was barred by the WTA from attending tournaments for six months. …

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