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A shutout as only Rice can see it

Simeon Rice doesn't always look at life through the same perspective as the rest of us. For example, check out his answer to just one of Gary Shelton's questions last week:

Published September 14, 2003

SHELTON: Simeon, when the defense is playing the way it played against the Eagles, how does it feel to be on the field?

RICE: "It's like your best day. You wake up at 9 in the morning, and you go down to breakfast and the thing you want most is right there in front of you. Whatever it is. You pick up the newspaper, and it's euphoric. Peace on earth for the day. You're like "Wow, that's a good thing.' Nobody has died. Happy things. Nothing but positive things in the paper.

"You walk around your house, and it's clean. Immaculate. You go out to the porch in your backyard, and you realize everything in front of you is good. The house has a nice structure. The rooms are filled with furniture. They're clean.

"You're sitting outside, and for some reason, there is no humidity in Florida. It's 80 degrees, and there's a light breeze. You don't live on the ocean, but you can feel an ocean breeze. Wow, this is a good day.

"Everyone in your past you want to ask forgiveness from calls you, and everyone who loves you calls you, too. And you talk to them, and all is forgiven, and love is love.

"Wow, maybe I want to walk my dog. But the dog is controlled. Every other day, you have a dog that is wild and untamed, but today you can walk him off the leash, and he listens to every command, even commands you haven't taught him. That's a good day.

"About six o'clock, you go to the beach, and it feels like you can walk on water. So you try it, and you can actually do it. It's the reverse of Murphy's Law. Whatever could go right does go right.

"And you control the hour. Whatever you wish can come true that day. It's a good feeling. The circumstances are in your control.

"In that same day, you want to go see a concert. So you go, and you see John Coltrane, who has been dead for many years. You get Bob Marley, and all the old greats, Frank Sinatra. You're looking at all these different variants of music, and they're playing just for you.

"It's like your best day. Your greatest fantasies come true. You understand you're one of the true great ones. You don't want to say it's easy, because when you do, you discredit everything you've worked hard for. But in a sense, it comes easier. The game slows down for you. It's not so much that the game slows, but your pace of the game has become faster."

[Last modified September 14, 2003, 02:01:51]

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