Most games are on Sunday. Monday is the day the players look at the film and we ask questions about the day before. Tuesday is the day off and Wednesday is the day you start looking ahead to next Sunday.
But along comes LaDainian Tomlinson, formerly deserving of the nickname "L.T." Two days later, he's still talking about Sunday.
Worse, he's whining about Sunday, aka old news.
Let me set the record straight: This guy is Jerry Rice as a running back. He's the best I've ever seen (I never saw Jim Brown or Gayle Sayers). His agility, matched with his speed and strength, make him extra special. And from all accounts, his behavior off the field has earned him the respect of nearly everyone who knows him.
Here's what he said after the loss to the Patriots:
"When you go to the middle of our field, when you start doing the dance that Shawne Merriman is known for, that's disrespectful to me. And I can't sit there and watch that. And so, yeah, I was very upset. And just the fact that they showed no class at all. Absolutely no class. And maybe that comes from their head coach. So you know, there you have it."
I was going to give him a mini-mulligan here. He was devastated of the fact his team had more talent then the New England Patriots yet it lost, 24-21, in the AFC Divisional playoff game at home.
But then on Monday, he was asked about the possibility he may run into Patriots coach Bill Belichick at the Pro Bowl in Hawaii the week after the Super Bowl (the losing coaches of the conference championship games coach their respective all-star unit).
"I thought about that," Tomlinson said. "It will be pretty interesting. I don't know how that'll go over. I probably wouldn't say two words to him ... Marty (Schottenheimer) always tells us after the game to act like we've been there before. To me, if guys are acting like that, then it comes from top to bottom, in my opinion. Now I may be wrong."
Immediately after Sunday's win by the Patriots, I had wondered how the Chargers would react, specifically Tomlinson. My first inclination was that he would ensure the Chargers would be greater than great.
I was wrong. The Chargers are dead meat in 2007, especially if their coach comes back. Tomlinson is in denial.
Tomlinson's venom should be directed at his wide receivers, who dropped four balls that if only two were caught, the Patriots probably would have lost.
Or how about directing it toward the "best" defensive player in the NFL, Shawne Merriman, the man who admitted to using steroids? Did Merriman show any class by doing his dance upon tackling Tom Brady after he got rid of the ball?
Did the franchise show class by declaring no tickets should or would be sold to Patriots fans?
Did his two teammates show class when they took 15-yard personal foul penalties for embarrassing behavior well after their respective plays were finished?
Where were Coach Schottenheimer's tidbits then?
The Patriots are not well liked by most of the free football world. People think Belichick is smug, the players are cocky and trash-talkers, and their style of play - moving the chains methodically on offense and the bend-but-don't-break defense - is about as appealing as a Johnny Ruiz boxing match.
All of the above might be correct, but the real problem people have with the Patriots is their winning. And people especially despise ugly winners.
But that's not the Patriots' problem. They have figured this salary-cap-obsessed NFL better than everyone else.
The Chargers should have won the game on Sunday. They had ample opportunities to close the Patriots off, be it knocking down a fourth down Brady pass instead of intercepting and fumbling it back to the Patriots, or catching a punt.
But the Chargers, as many believed, couldn't handle the pressure of the moment.
It sounds like Tomlinson - no longer "L.T." in these eyes - the self-imposed "class" of the NFL, doesn't get it. Which basically means the Patriots' road to a Super Bowl next year got a whole lot easier.
Bill Burt is executive sports editor of Eagle-Tribune Publishing. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.