Hall electric in return game

Tuesday, September 30, 2003 at 12:00am

What is it like to watch a player like Chiefs kick returner Dante Hall?

Said Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, "You hold your breath."

Added running back and teammate Priest Holmes, "He's a phenomenon."

"I thought I'd seen an electric player before in Jermaine Lewis," Chiefs defensive end Eric Hicks said of Lewis, his former teammate at Maryland. "But Dante is in a league of his own now."

NFL WEEK 5 SCHEDULE
Sunday, October 5

Arizona at Dallas, Noon

Cincinnati at Buffalo, Noon

Denver at Kansas City, Noon

Miami at N.Y. Giants, Noon

Minnesota at Atlanta, Noon

New Orleans at Carolina, Noon

Oakland at Chicago, Noon

Seattle at Green Bay, Noon

Tennessee at New England, Noon

San Diego at Jacksonville, 3:05 p.m.

Detroit at San Francisco, 3:15 p.m.

Washington at Philadelphia, 3:15 p.m.

Cleveland at Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 6

Indianapolis at Tampa Bay, 8 p.m.

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Baltimore, Houston, N.Y. Jets, St. Louis

That he is. Hall's 97-yard kickoff return Sunday won the game for the Chiefs and was the third consecutive game in which he'd returned a kick for a touchdown and he's also had six touchdowns on returns in his last nine games.

What made the loss all the more galling to the Ravens was that they had tied the game at 10 before the kickoff, and then stopped Hall at the 20 after a 12-yard return on the first try. But Ravens coverage player Adalius Thomas was offside, meaning there would be another kick. Uh, oh.

Said Hall, "Guys were coming up to me saying, 'This is the one.' "

And it was.

"You knew," Ravens coach Brian Billick said. "You saw he has made the difference in the last two games. We contained him very well right up to the end. And that's the dangerous thing about a great player like that.

"Our coverage teams had been excellent all day long. And on the last one after having run down again, I could see it. We stacked two guys up in the same lane."

But Hall made a move, and suddenly an opening appeared.

"My eyes got so big when I saw that hole," Hall said after the game. "Man, I'm getting excited just thinking about it now. Statistics show that when you get a second chance on a penalty, bad things happen to the other team."

After scoring, Hall threw the ball at a Ravens logo on the end-zone wall because of stuff he was hearing from fans during the game.

"Those guys were harassing me the entire time in the end zone," Hall said. "So it was a great feeling, like, 'Take that.' "

Holmes was asked if he's ever seen a player excel like Hall. Holmes said, "Not since high school."

Brown out:The Browns fell to 1-3 with a home loss to Cincinnati Sunday, something that didn't make their fans very happy.

So it was that right tackle Ryan Tucker confronted belligerent fans that were letting the team have it as they left the field.

Asked what the fans were saying, Tucker said, "Your basic, 'You (stink), you all (stink), you're terrible.' "

Needless to say, other choice words besides "stink" were said. So Tucker answered in kind.

Tucker claimed he said to the fans, " 'You're a disgrace. You call yourselves Cleveland Browns fans. There's no way. You guys are a disgrace.' "

Added Tucker, "Sometimes you feel like you're playing on the road as far as the fans go. We're out there trying to win. It's not like we're laying down. We're their entertainment. They work hard all week and want to come to these games and feel good. When we don't win, it's the end of a (lousy) week already. When we get beat things really feel (lousy)."

But Tucker had another message for the fans.

"I'm through trying to explain stuff to the fans because I don't care what they think anymore," he said. "If fans want to act like that, send me a letter and I'll buy back their season tickets. I don't want them at the game."

Gun control:Steelers linebacker Joey Porter, who returned to play just three weeks after being shot outside a Denver sports bar, was asked by a prominent Web site about the main problem when it comes to shootings.

"Kids with guns," Porter said. "Young kids, teenagers. How do they get them? Where do they come from? Why are they so available? And these kids don't just have any guns. They have assault rifles. They have automatic weapons. Do you know the damage they can do? The guy who shot me didn't even have to reload his gun

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