By Jim Thomas
Sunday, Oct. 01 2006

OK, so it didn't quite garner the attention of Manning vs. Manning earlier this
year. But Rams wide receiver Torry Holt is going up against younger brother
Terrence Holt, the Detroit safety, Sunday at the Edward Jones Dome.

And for them, and their family, it's a big day.

"It's always fun having the opportunity to go against my brother," Torry said.
"This is like a dream come true for us."

Torry, 30, is four years older than Terrence. Terrence hasn't enjoyed the type
of success that Torry has in the NFL. But he did start 10 games at free safety
last season before suffering a season-ending elbow injury. He has started the
Lions' first three games at free safety this season, and is expected to start

"It doesn't happen too often where two brothers have a chance to make the
league, and then play against each other," Terrence told Detroit writers last
week. "So it's something that we cherish. All of our family members that can
come will come."

Since Terrence was drafted by Detroit in 2003, the brothers have met only once
in the regular season. In 2003, the Lions upset the Rams 30-20, costing St.
Louis home-field advantage in the playoffs. After that game, Torry and Terrence
exchanged jerseys.

(Detroit and the Rams also met in an exhibition game last year.)

As of Friday afternoon, the Holt brothers had talked to each other only twice
in game week.

"I could talk to him every day," Torry said. "I don't care if I'm playing
against him or not."

But Torry knows it'll be all business starting with Sunday's 3:05 p.m. kickoff.

"I know Terrence," Torry said. "He wants to come in and he wants to win this
football game for his football team. And I also know he wants to come in and
defeat me as well.

"We've always had our little competition amongst one another. I've won some,
and he's won some. And he's gotten mad, and I've gotten mad. So I don't see any
difference in this week."

Unlike many of the brother combinations in the league, such as quarterbacks
Peyton and Eli Manning, the Holts actually have the opportunity to go head to
head. Terrence is still looking for his first big hit against Torry in the NFL.

"I'm going to try to keep that to a minimum," Torry said. "He's a big-time
hitter, a big-time striker."

End of an era?

First, offensive guard Adam Timmerman went on a health kick, all but swearing
off doughnuts. Now, after years of supplying the players with doughnuts every
Wednesday, the Rams quietly ended that tradition this week.

"I like doughnuts," coach Scott Linehan said. "But I just haven't seen them
around. It might be a new policy I'm not aware of. ... I had nothing to do with

Maybe. Maybe not. A team source told the Post-Dispatch Friday: "We're taking a
different nutritional direction."

For years, Timmerman and center Andy McCollum were known as the "Donut Bros."
because of their affinity for the doughy treats. News of the doughnut "ban" hit
McCollum hard.

"Why would they do that?" said McCollum, who's out for the season with a knee

"You'll be more healthy because of it," Timmerman said.

"That's a lie! That's a bald-faced lie," McCollum replied.

Rams hit century mark

Last week's victory over Arizona was the Rams' 100th since moving to St. Louis
in 1995. The team is 94-85 in the regular season, and 6-4 in the postseason
over that stretch.

On the Marc

Marc Bulger is one of only three starting quarterbacks in the NFL without an
interception this season. Dating to his final two games of last season, Bulger
has thrown 144 consecutive passes without an interception. That's a career
best, and also the longest streak among active quarterbacks in the NFL.