Jan 1, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers running back Curtis Brinkley (44) rushes up field against the Oakland Raiders during the fourth quarter at O.co Coliseum. San Diego defeated Oakland 38-26. Mandatory Credit: Jason O. Watson-US PRESSWIRE

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He suffered the kind of freak incident that all too often turns tragic. When those two bullets ripped through Curtis Brinkley’s shoulder, one lodging dangerously close to his heart, he easily could have become yet another homicide victim in 2009, one more black male whose life ended too soon.

I imagine that stopping the Rivers-Gates combo may be too much for a defense even this talented — the Chargers will sweep us. However, we will have our way with the Raiders, a clearly inferior squad. And we will be assaulting Manning toward the end of a tough Broncos season, allowing us to sweep them as well.

In a surprising landslide, Marcus Allen crushed LaDainian Tomlinson in our poll, asking readers to name the best running back in AFC West history. As of 11:25 a.m. Wednesday, Allen received 64 percent of the vote, while Tomlinson received 36 percent.

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