LEFTOVERS: Raiders QB goes back to basics

Certain skills are required for each job.

Customer service representatives need to be able to deal with people. Lifeguards had better be good swimmers.

Newspaper writers by nature are devastatingly handsome and brilliantly funny.

It would follow that those in society who are the best at throwing a football would fill the position of NFL quarterback.

Apparently Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor is an exception.

Now, plenty of frustrated Ohio State fans who watched Pryor try to distribute the ball to receivers likely screamed that he should learn how to throw.

But this goes beyond that.

Pryor told the Bay Area News Group this week that he never had been taught how to throw the ball. That changed this offseason when he began working with throwing guru Tom House.

“I never really knew how to throw a football before,” Pryor said. “It’s coming along. I’m getting way better. I probably missed four or five throws out of 80, 85 throws today. I might ice my arm as a precaution tonight, but it feels great.

“They’ve got me going in the right direction to be a pretty good quarterback who knows how to throw the ball.”

A quarterback who can’t throw. That’s like a comedian who isn’t funny.

Oh wait, that’s Dane Cook.

MIKE@LIVINGINTHEPAST.COM — Redskins coach Mike Shanahan was asked Monday whether he would follow Steelers coach Mike Tomlin’s example and sign up for Twitter this year.

Shanahan indicated he wouldn’t.

He also told reporters that he doesn’t have an email account.

“I just learned to text about two years ago, so that’s where I’m at,” Shanahan said. “No, seriously, I don’t have an email. I do text, and I’m not very good at that.”

This isn’t some cute story about an old guy who refuses to embrace technology. In the business world, especially in the fast-paced NFL, you are a jerk if you don’t use email.

You are costing everyone around you time and effort by making them seek you out or reach you on the phone to get you a message.

We feel free to direct this toward Shanahan because we’re confident he doesn’t have a Google alert set up to let him know when things are written about him.

■ WATERED DOWN — Championship teams don’t just get to raise trophies anymore. Their marketing departments immediately go to work on finding any way to capitalize on winning the title.

The Blackhawks are no different in the wake of hoisting the Stanley Cup last month.

All the T-shirts and hats with images of the Cup have proven profitable for the franchise, but it’s not enough.

A post on the team’s website announced that it will be selling vials of melted ice collected at the end of the season from the United Center.

The team claims the profits will go to Chicago Blackhawks Charities, but we all know how that goes.

No word on the price yet, but it can’t be cheap.

Bottled water at the United Center concession stands goes for about $4, and that water never even was skated on.