Before you complain again that your favorite pro or college football team underachieved, that your quarterback messed up too often or that your heroes flat-out blew a game they should have won, please take 10 seconds to think about a weekend football result that actually mattered.

Before you complain again that your favorite pro or college football team underachieved, that your quarterback messed up too often or that your heroes flat-out blew a game they should have won, please take 10 seconds to think about a weekend football result that actually mattered.
 
At this moment, Kevin Everett, a backup tight end for the Buffalo Bills, is fighting for his life. He’s in intensive care with spinal-cord injuries and, if he survives, he likely will be paralyzed.
 
All too often, we hear from fans, media, players and coaches that only winning matters.
 
Fact is, only life matters.
 
For Kevin Everett and his loved ones, let’s root for a miracle, OK?
 
Much of the time, I use my blog, The Baldest Truth (www.thebaldesttruth.com) to deal with the lighter side of sports. But sometimes, devastating events - such as the one involving Everett - take precedent. Here are more excerpts from recent blog items, some serious and some far less so.
 
Brown-Out

Though he’s considerably luckier than Everett, it sure was sad to see Bears safety Mike Brown suffer his third season-ending injury in four years.
 
When healthy, Brown has been the defense’s heart, brain and soul. He also has been the kind of opportunistic, heady, always-in-the-right-place guy who instantly can turn things in his team’s favor.
 
Nobody who watched the Bears back in 2001 ever will forget his interception touchdown returns that won back-to-back overtime games. In Sunday’s first quarter - a couple of hours before he blew out his left knee - Brown had an interception to set up the Bears’ only points of the game.
 
Unfortunately, Brown hasn’t been in the right place at the right time when the football gods have handed out injuries.
 
Injuries are part of football. The list of NFL players who suffered season-ending injuries in Week 1 is staggering. So there’s no feeling sorry for the Bears. They had better not feel sorry for themselves, either, because opponents will show them no mercy.
 
Still, I can’t help but feel sorry for Mike Brown, a great player who is long overdue to receive a few breaks.
 
Bruised Bruce

Rough times for Bruce Weber.
 
The beleaguered Illini hoops coach missed out on several top recruits in recent years. His best outside shooter is being forced to redshirt the season due to a felony conviction. One of his new signees couldn’t make the grade. He has failed to land any of the best players from this year’s senior class. And now assistant coach Tracy Webster - his main Chicago-area recruiter - is leaving Illinois to work for new Kentucky coach Billy Gillespie.
 
Weber now figures to lose recruits not only to The Evil Kelvin Sampson at Indiana, Traitor Bill Self at Kansas and Smug Coach K at Duke but also to Gillespie at Kentucky.
 
Jeesh. This is crazy. I mean, next thing you know, Chief Illiniwek will stop dancing at Illini games or something!
 
The Bald List

Five things we suspected about the Bears that we’re sure about now:
 
1. Everything isn’t Rex’s fault. (Almost everything, certainly, but not everything.)
 
2. Cedric Benson has done nothing to prove he is an every-down back for a championship-caliber team. And Adrian Peterson is what he has been: a third-stringer. It wouldn’t kill the Bears to at least give Garrett Wolfe an occasional shot.
 
3. Adam Archuleta washed out in Washington for a reason.
 
4. If the Bears don’t get points from their defense and special teams, their chances of winning any game decrease by 25 percent. Against a quality opponent, it’s more like 75 percent.
 
5. Ron isn’t the smart Turner.
 
Tiger Tales

Every time I see Tiger Woods play in person, I’m reminded how very, very, VERY good he is.
 
Since Michael Jordan retired, Tiger has been the most dominant athlete in the world, and only Roger Federer is close.
 
If you like golf, check out my Sept. 6 The Baldest Truth from the BMW Championship. I wrote plenty more about Woods and also recounted how I inadvertently became a participant in ex-Illini golfer Steve Stricker's round.
 
Most Upsetting

Ever since Appalachian State beat Michigan two weeks ago, folks have been debating whether it was the greatest upset in sports history. Let the debate end here: It wasn’t.
 
First, it’s impossible to compare a college football game to events such as Buster Douglas knocking out Mike Tyson or the U.S. hockey team’s 1980 Olympic victory over the Soviet Union. It’s footballs and boxing gloves and hockey pucks – akin to apples and oranges and kumquats.
 
Mostly, though, when I think of the “greatest” anything in sport, I think of historic impact. Does anybody really think Appalachian State over Michigan will have the same kind of staying power as U.S. over Russia? As Villanova over Georgetown in 1985? As Mike Nadel over Red Smith in The Great Pulitzer Prize Battle of '84?
 
Please. It was a wonderful victory that reaffirmed what we love about sports: Anything can happen. But lasting impact?
 
Maybe in Boone, N.C., where everybody suddenly has decided they love Appalachian State athletics. And in Ann Arbor, where Lloyd Carr suddenly is dusting off his resume.
 
Most of the rest of us will take the Miracle On Icers in a landslide, thank you very much.

Mike Nadel (mikenadel@sbcglobal.net) is the Chicago sports columnist for GateHouse News Service.