Three Things to consider on Victory Over Incompetence Thursday:
Thing 1: Welcome back, real NFL officials.
Still can't believe it took until Week 4 to hammer out a new deal, but it's great to have legitimacy return to our NFL playing fields again.
And, as it turns out, Wal-Mart and Chuck E. Cheese won't be quite so understaffed as they were during the zebra lockout.
Thing 2: Wrote today's column in the Sun Sentinel on Miami Dolphins linebacker Karlos Dansby and his stunning decline in game-changing plays since leaving Arizona.
"It's a lot of things that go into that," Dansby told me this week, "but I can't cry over it. I've got to make plays when the opportunity presents itself. Like Sunday, the opportunity presented itself twice to get two interceptions. I've got to make that. Game before that [against the Raiders] I had the opportunity to have two more sacks. I've got to make those plays. So it's just on me. I just have to finish better."
Accountability has never been the problem with Dansby, still looking for his first fumble recovery and second interception as a Dolphin.
Thing 3: Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt still has great affection for Dansby after coaching him for three seasons in Arizona, including the unlikely run to the Super Bowl in 2008.
"He was a very important part of what we did," Whisenhunt said on a Wednesday conference call with South Florida media. "He contributed significantly to us being a good football team in the playoffs and getting to the Super Bowl, and I'll always be very grateful for what he gave us.
"It was disappointing that we weren't able to keep him here, but I'm happy for him. He's a very good football player. I have a tremendous amount of respect for him."