Jordan Scott, 17, is a senior tailback for third-ranked DeMatha High School, which plays top-ranked Good Counsel for the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championship today. He has a 3.6 grade-point average and likely will be offered a full scholarship to play football at a Division 1A university.
GS: As a high school student and football player, what are your thoughts on ABC's sexually suggestive lead-in to last Monday night's football game that featured Philadelphia wide receiver Terrell Owens and "Desperate Housewives" star Nicollette Sheridan?
Scott: I've been watching "Monday Night Football" with my mom, dad and brother since I was 7. It's the best. We never miss. I saw that and said, "Uh, oh." I think ABC went over the line.
GS: If ABC had asked you to do the scene, what would you have done?
Scott: I would have called my mother. See what she would have said. You don't want to ever have an angry mother.
GS: How do you feel about the post-touchdown celebratory antics by Owens, New Orleans's Joe Horn and Cincinnati's Chad Johnson, among others?
Scott: Some of what these guys do is in good fun and you'd call it entertainment. But some of the stuff goes too far, like taunting a player after you've beaten him for a touchdown, or that fight before the Pittsburgh-Cleveland game last week. You can be happy about scoring, but it's just a touchdown. When I saw Horn do his cell phone deal last year I thought about how much time it must have taken him to think about doing it and the preparation to do it. It was too much. It takes your focus from the game. We're blue-collar all the way at DeMatha: none of that stuff, and no taunting.
GS: Your view of former Ohio State running back Maurice Clarett claiming to ESPN the Magazine he received financial benefits for playing for the Buckeyes?
Scott: Some of my friends kid me for what I'm supposed to be getting. That's a big-time generalization. Come on, I'd just love a scholarship to get a college education. You can blow out your knee on one play, but no matter what happens, you can never lose what you learn.