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TOYS AND GAMES: No Guns, Calvin Johnson, and Buddy Hield

Friday morning’s USA Today had a story about a new sign posted outside the White House that states: “WARNING: Weapons Prohibited.”

That reminded me of the time when the brain trust at the Tampa Tribune declared security a priority. And their first course of action… Security guards? Metal detectors? Nope, even better. They put a huge sign on the front door that read: “No Guns or Knives Allowed!”

No telling how many would-be assailants turned around in their tracks after reading that one?

Just knowing I worked in a secure location certainly gave me peace of mind.

Have to disagree with Hall of Fame receiver Lynn Swann, who told the Detroit News: “I would think that it would be difficult for Calvin Johnson at this point to be considered a Hall of Famer. Calvin Johnson has an extreme amount of talent and ability, but when you start to look at his team, the success of his team and did he lift that team; he made them a little bit better, but at the end of the day, I’m not quite sure.”

Let’s do the math.

Lynn Swann, 332 career catches for 5,462 yards and 51 touchdowns. Johnson, 731 catches for 11,619 yards and 83 touchdowns. Swann retired at age 30, which is the age at which Johnson is expected to retire.

Swann indeed should be in the Hall of Fame based on his performance while playing for the Steelers of the late 70s and early 80s. He also is lucky to have played for the team he did. Can you imagine Megatron playing for those same Steelers teams?

As I’ve said, I love to watch Oklahoma guard Buddy Hield play. But I wonder if he’ll be able to create his own shot at the next level. If you haven’t seen him play, Saturday’s a good day to watch when Oklahoma hosts Kansas at 2:30 ET. The Jayhawks beat the Sooners in three overtimes the first time the teams met this season. Hield scored 46 in that one. Dick Vitale called it the best game he’d ever covered.

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