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Ray Lewis is a good football player. He's a Hall of Famer, an all-time great. But John Elway carried the Denver Broncos for nearly two decades, dragged them to five Super Bowls and enabled Denver to build a brand-new football stadium. Call me when Ray Lewis wins another playoff game. 3. Speaking of phone calls, could someone tell Fred Smoot to call me at 816-234-4869 before his next party? In case you missed it, Smoot Doggy Dogg allegedly threw a phat, Hugh Hefner-style party for the Vikings during their bye week. The police investigation hasn't quite wrapped up, but initial reports suggest that Smoot Doggy Dogg and 17 teammates rented two boats and lots of nursing students paying their way through school with couch dances. Smoot Doggy Dogg's love boat reportedly set sail for a three-hour-and-30-minute tour, but docked after 40 minutes because of complaints from the shocked sea men and women operating the boats. I guess that answers any questions about what young millionaire athletes do with their free time. 2. Gary Barnett and his Colorado Buffaloes are capable of upsetting Texas. Barnett might be the best coach in the Big 12. What he accomplished at Colorado last year, leading the Buffs to the Big 12 title game, after suffering through an investigation and suspension, was more impressive than leading Northwestern to the Rose Bowl. Texas is also capable of sleepwalking through this game. CU-UT has upset written all over it. 1. If Indy's defense is for real -- and I'm beginning to reluctantly think it is -- then you'd have to credit Colts general manager Bill Polian with constructing a perfect team and cementing a reputation as the best GM in sports. Polian built the Super Bowl Buffalo Bills. He then went to Carolina and helped the Panthers reach the NFC Championship Game in their second year of existence. Now it appears Polian might be ready to out-do himself, constructing a team without weakness in the salary-cap era. Indy obviously has a marvelous offense. The Colts also have solid special teams with kicker Mike Vanderjagt and punter Hunter Smith. If their defense is legit, then we're talking about an all-time great team. Maybe the best team of the salary-cap era. Jason Whitlock is a regular columnist for The Kansas City Star. His newspaper is celebrating his 10 years as a columnist with the publishing of Jason's first book, "Love Him, Hate Him: 10 Years of Sports, Passion and Kansas City." It's a collection of Jason's most memorable, thought-provoking and funny columns over the past decade. You can purchase the book at TheKansasCityStore.com. Jason can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.