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Associated Press

Mike Florio: Clueless in Chicago

We usually refrain from name-calling here at Blob. Well, unless we're really ticked off.

But there's a time for everything, and this is that time. And so ....

Mike Florio is a nitwit.

The Pro Football Talk analyst went on Chicago radio and said Charles Tillman has an obligation to the Chicago Bears to play Sunday, even if his wife, who's expecting a child imminently, goes into labor.

What twaddle.

Here's the deal: Life has its priorities, and if you think playing football while your child's being born is the way to go -- even though, blah-blah-blah, Tillman gets paid a lot of money to do it -- then your priorities are seriously out of whack.

Even Vince Lombardi, Mr. Winning-Isn't-Everything-It's-The-Only-Thing, understood this. What was it he always said? God, family and the Green Bay Packers, in that order?

Well, this is family, and so Lovie Smith, and Tillman's teammates, have told Tillman to go with God if it comes to that. That's because they know the backstory: In 2008, the Tillmans' daughter was born with heart disease that eventually necessitated a transplant. So there's a greater sense of the occasion now that she's having another child.

For Florio to suggest otherwise is ridiculous -- especially when he tries to equate Tillman to members of the armed forces deployed overseas.

Puh-leeze. Apples and oranges. And enough, already.

Ben Smith's blog.