9.2 Ounces of Pigskin Pleasure

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The football season begins for real this Friday night when high schools begin play. Leaving no zone blitz unturned, The Kansas City Star previewed the prep, college and NFL seasons in a special section (several, actually) that appeared in Sunday’s paper.

Even in the football-mad Midwest, the coverage seemed a bit excessive. Here are some stats on “Football ’07”:

43 – Writers, editors, designers, artists, photographers and imagers who worked on the issue, according to the masthead.

6 – Number of sections.

9.2 – Weight, in ounces.

36 – Advertisements for automobile and motorcycle dealerships.

2 – Advertisements promoting appearances by Penthouse Pet Elizabeth Hilden.

2 – Cost-of being fan graphics (Chiefs, Big XII schools).

4 – Images of Super Bowl-winning quarterback Peyton Manning.

3 – Images of overweight head coaches (Mark Mangino [2], Charlie Weis).

3 -- High schools nicknamed "Wildcats" in the Star's preseason top 5 lists (big and small class).

1 – Horrible metaphor, by SMU head coach Phil Bennett, equating NCAA sanctions to the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

– David Martin

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