The Free Safety

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The Free Safety
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So this is how you watch one particular free safety in one particularly dead-assed football game against one particularly dead-assed football team in one spectacularly dead-assed football town: You notice what he's doing "in space." This is how football coaches describe what the rest of us would call "being by yourself," or "being alone," or, more precisely, "being out there by your lonesome where you could play a couple hands of pinochle without anybody noticing." That is what football coaches call being "in space," because, if you deprived them of their intramural jargon, most football coaches would be approximately as articulate as your average manhole cover.

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