As a pro, I was a fifth-stringer, a fourth-stringer, a third-stringer, a second-stringer, and a first-stringer
, but it was not always a matter of forward motion.
With diminished theater coverage in the tabloid since Byrne's departure, that leaves Carolyn Clay of the Phoenix weekly and the Boston Globe's new first-stringer
Louise Kennedy as the Hub's leading legit crix.
In some cases, Broadway producers have petitioned the Times not to have the paper's second-stringer review their shows, and so far first-stringer
Ben Brantley has reviewed every Broadway offering since Jefferson took over from the respected Bruce Weber late last year.
And although former first-stringer
Alex Smith has a legitimate gripe about losing his spot by concussion, Kaepernick continues to prove the right choice.
Shoppach was a first-stringer
for the Indians in 2008 and '09 and has been an effective backup in other seasons.
Not because of Oregon's 33-30 triple-overtime win over USC which had been, in Steve's words, "the nuttiest game ever," secured only when a second-string field goal kicker booted the game winner after the first-stringer
injured his knee while celebrating an earlier successful kick.
But presumed first-stringer
Nate Costa has been held out of contact while recovering from knee surgery and the other three veterans have been inconsistent, including Sun Bowl starter Justin Roper.
As on the line, the secondary only has one first-stringer
marked in ink: free safety J.
Dallas got the better of the Arizona Cardinals' backups, 20-18, though the team's first-stringers
should see some time on the field in L.
Most of Seattle's starters only played one series and the bulk of Oakland's first-stringers
sat out the entire game.