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Manny's Law: Q-Tips

Starting linebacker Manny Lawson is back with his popular Manny's Law column. Enjoy reading his twelfth entry of his rookie campaign which covers food in New Orleans, his recent movie viewing, little mention of the Saints, and his eagnerness of being on the field with Packers QB Brett Favre this weekend.

And this one shall be called Twelfth-a-lei because it's like Mini-Me.


The first thing I'd like to discuss is Q-tips. I had an experience with a Q-tip yesterday. I got out of the shower and I was cleaning out my ears and it was just a sensation, like when you rub a dog's belly and their leg clicks. Each ear I was cleaning, my leg would kick. My ears are always clean but I don't know why I never noticed the Q-tip before like that, but I'm going to go stash up on Q-tips. It could be because I'm so sensitive about my ears. Everyone says I've got small ears but I think they are normal. It just felt so good for some reason yesterday, so I think Q-tips might be one of the greatest inventions on earth, next to a bed, and then peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

I was waiting for a crank call in New Orleans but I didn't get any from my guy Anthony Adams. I was thinking when AA didn't call, I should have called him but I couldn't think of anything good to say. But, don't worry! I've still got two more away games. I'm going to think of something.

I basically watched movies once we got to New Orleans. I ended up watching Fearless. It was all in Japanese so I couldn't really understand what was going on, but I just like fight scenes. I was in my room jumping on the bed trying to be Jet Lei. I don't recommend such antics if you are staying at a hotel with low ceilings however. I learned that real fast. I also watched the movie Fly Boys. That was a good movie because it was about a group of young boys who were flying for the French and they each had their own reason for wanting to go serve. It was just really good, especially the flight fight scenes. I can't think of the other one I watched so it must not have been that good.

I ordered room service and ordered the seafood platter and it was fried catfish which was good, some big old shrimp which was good, french fries, again good, and fried oysters. Oysters are not my deal, those were nasty. And then I had to get me some brownies and 8 oatmeal cookies. Those were so good. I thought about calling and asking for more but I didn't do it.

Can I say that the PSP is probably the next greatest thing to slice bread? Okay, since I already have that list going up above, I'm moving my PSP up to before Q-tip. I play my PSP non-stop, on the plane, in my hotel room, whenever I have time. During the whole time leading up to the Combine and the Draft, I was training in Arizona and my friend, Stephen Tulloch who plays for Tennessee now, he had a PSP. I was playing his PSP and it was pretty much mine because I was on it all the time. He told me to just go out and buy my own, but I'm glad I didn't because when I was drafted I was given one for free. So now, I'm addicted to my PSP.

I caught a finger on my cheek and it kind of looks like a black eye. Damane Duckett and I were doing a shadow drill and I caught a finger and glove right on my cheek bone from him and it doesn't look all that nice. I'm going to start wearing my shield in everything I do. For some reason, everything wants to happen to my eyes. I had a black eye from practice for about a month back during training camp. My helmet came down on my eye, and I couldn't see, blurred vision, then my eye started to close and swell. It was nasty red. The whole outer left side of my eye was bloodshot red. It was gross, and now that's on the display screen when they announce the starters because they came and shot those during camp. They told me they could do something with it to make it look okay, but I think they actually just enhanced it because all you can really notice is the bright red eye.

I don't want to talk about the Saints. I don't want to talk about them because it's in the past. We should have made plays, should have made tackles that we didn't make, and therefore we lost, and they won.

The Packers. I get to be on the field with Brett Favre. So, the way I look at it, he's going into the Hall of Fame sooner or later, so I'm thinking if I could get an interception or a sack, even just grab one of his hairs of his head, one day I could be like "look, I got this ball or this lock of hair from Brett and he's in the Hall of Fame." Or I could say, "I tackled a Hall of Fame quarterback before."

I really do admire him because he's a true competitor. He's one of the guys who you can talk trash to and laugh with at the same time because he loves the game. He's been in the game for 16 years and has done some amazing things and you can tell he really enjoys the game for what it is, and I really admire that about him. But of course, I hope we beat him down on Sunday.

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