From: Fox, Ashley

To: Ford, Bob; Krieger, Dave

Re: Weapon X

Dave, I'm sure Bob doesn't need to tell you how beloved and revered Brian Dawkins is here in Philly, even now. During the Eagles-Broncos game yesterday, did you see the fans in the split No. 20 jerseys, half green, half orange? What a riot. Fans truly were conflicted over Dawkins. It was kind of cute.

You've been a columnist in Denver forever. Has an athlete, in his first year in Denver, had as big of an impact on a team as Dawkins has on the Broncos? And what was bigger: Allen Iverson joining the Nuggets or Dawkins joining the Broncos?

From: Krieger, Dave

To: Fox, Ashley; Ford, Bob

Re: Weapon X

OK, first of all, forever is a little strong. Statehood for Colorado was big, though, I remember that.

Dawkins' impact on the Broncos has been much bigger than A.I.'s impact on the Nuggets because A.I. had basically no impact on the Nuggets. I mean, people got excited, bought his jersey, all that, but neither the team's performance nor attendance moved much. It reminded me a little of Larry Walker joining the Rockies - big name, lots of excitement, no discernible competitive result.

Dawk instantly became the leader of a defense that was gawdawful the past two years. The new coordinator, Mike Nolan, and new scheme had a lot to do with this year's improvement, but Dawk's leadership and ferocity shouldn't be underestimated. He helped to restore the unit's pride and set a standard his teammates felt they had to meet. His pregame huddle sermons alone provided more motivation than they'd had for years.

That said, unless the Broncos go on to win the Super Bowl, his addition won't be the most significant in Denver sports history. That distinction belongs to Patrick Roy, who arrived in December 1995, during the Avalanche's first season in Colorado after moving from Quebec, and led them to the Stanley Cup, the first pro sports championship of any kind in Colorado history. That's tough to beat.

From: Ford, Bob

To: Fox, Ashley; Krieger, Dave

Re: Weapon X

Ashley, didn't you tell motormouth just a sentence or two? Good gracious, this is worse than Fitzy.

Anyway, I've got a couple of suggestions from Philly's sports past. How about the arrival of Moses Malone to the 76ers? Or the trade to acquire Brad Lidge by the Phillies? Both led directly to championships. I'd say Terrell Owens might be in that category for the Eagles. He arrives, they go to the Super Bowl. Of course, the ending wasn't as good.

From: Fox, Ashley

To: Krieger, Dave; Ford, Bob

Re: Weapon X

I did tell him. This happens with all the out-of-town folks. They're long-winded. It sounds like a bad assignment at first, and then they can't shut up. Ah well. The money's good.

So Dave, give us one short Dawkins story from this season. Regale us.

From: Krieger, Dave

To: Fox, Ashley; Ford, Bob

Re: Weapon X

Love to. Unfortunately, it would take too long.