Bob Frantz: Warner has earned spot in Hall of Fame 

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— Congratulations to the amazing Kurt Warner, a first-ballot Hall of Fame player — and person as well. Faced with a difficult decision to return for another season or retire at the top of his game (evidence: 29-of-32 for 379 yards with five TDs and no picks vs. Green Bay Packers in playoffs), he made his call 12 days after his season ended. His quick decision allows the Arizona Cardinals to fully prepare for the future with Matt Leinart and whatever QB depth they wish to add in the offseason. First class, all the way. The league will be poorer for his absence.

— On the opposite end of the spectrum, it’s another offseason of mystery for Brat Fraud’s current employer. Minnesota Vikings coach Brad Childress has told ol’ No. 4 to take his time, which Brat obviously will. And his indecision will cost the Vikings in free agency and on draft day, just as it cost the N.Y. Jets and Packers before them. Memo to Brat: Call Kurt and ask him how he did it.

— While we’re at it, CBS should have approved the “ManCrunch.com” commercial as well, and then demanded full payment up front. That would have exposed the Man Crunchers for what they are: Attention whores who had no intention of spending $2.5 million to get that ad on television, but were counting on millions of dollars of free advertising on YouTube.

— I’d like to thank Phil Mickelson for using a decades-old pitching wedge at Torrey Pines, giving us something interesting to talk about while we wait for Tiger Woods to stop hitting on nurses at his sex rehab clinic and get back on the course.

— The moment Peyton Manning wins his second Super Bowl ring, he becomes, for my money, the greatest QB of all time. And to the Joe Montana fans ready to shred this newspaper right now, ask yourself how Peyton, the four-time-and-counting MVP would have looked on Joe’s and Steve Young’s 49ers teams. Scary.

— Mark McGwire’s “admission” was pathetic. Sure, he apologized for his own cheating, but he owes more than that. If you believe “Game of Shadows,” which I do, then you know if it hadn’t been for the cheating of McGwire and Sammy Sosa, Barry Bonds might have stayed clean, and his legacy would be intact.

— David Stern wimped out. If you or I brought firearms into our workplace, we’d be fired — not suspended. But Gilbert Arenas gets to keep his job, and more than $9 million of his salary this season? Boy, that’ll teach him.

Sports personality Bob Frantz is a regular contributor to The Examiner. E-mail him at bfrantz@sfexaminer.com.

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