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Super Attrocious

23 Jan

Based on my last tweet you can imagine how excited I am about this year’s Super Bowl match-up.  A few years ago when they announced this year’s Super Bowl would be in Indianapolis I naturally pictured the Colts becoming the first team to play in their home stadium.

Didn’t quite turn out that way.  Now I am going to have to deal with the non-stop media drivel about how Eli Manning has surpassed Peyton and how awesome Tom Brady is.

Vomit on a stick.

The reality of these two atrocities is:

1.  Tom Brady is a great quarterback.  As a Colts fan I just don’t want to hear about it every day for the next two weeks plus.

2.  Eli Manning is a good quarterback.  There is no way in hell he is better than Peyton however.  Numbers don’t lie.  The fact that #18 led the Colts to 9 straight 10 or more win seasons and then they only mustered two this year says it all.  11 playoff appearances, 11 Pro Bowls, and four MVPs helps as well.

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Sweetness

2 Oct

One of my favorite authors, Jeff Pearlman, is about to release a new book.  It is a biography about one of my favorite NFL players, Walter Payton.

I haven’t read the book yet.  No one has, except for Pearlman and his editors because it hasn’t been released yet.  However, due to an excerpt that was printed in Sports Illustrated, some people are slamming Pearlman because he has included some information he discovered about Payton that depicts him as having flaws.  Notably, being unfaithful to his wife and being addicted to pain killers.

Two notable malcontents are Mike Ditka and Michael Wilbon.  No one should be shocked that Ditka is upset.  Good coaches protect their players.  This doesn’t change when the games end and those involved start spending the majority of their time on golf courses and in television studios.

But Wilbon?  A fellow journalist? In a column penned for ESPN.com, he stated he doesn’t understand the purpose of writing this book.  Check out my initial reaction to Wilbon’s piece…

“I’m surprised a fellow journalist would rush to judgement without reading the entire book. Aren’t you guys supposed to gather all of the facts before making a judgement on something? How much say did Pearlman have in what SI printed as far as the excerpt is concerned? Not much I would imagine. 

Biographies of public figures have been around as long as man could print. Pearlman’s motive was to write about someone who interested him. It was published because others might think it is interesting.  Seems simple enough to me. 

Did you question him for writing about Clemens, Bonds, or the 1986 Mets? Nope. This time it’s different, because it’s one of your “boys” as you and Tony say.

This whole debate leads to a greater issue.  Our tendency to expect famous athletes, or anyone famous for that matter, to be super human or perfect.  Some want to shut their eyes and close their ears when information is released about the things they struggle with in life. Others want to hunt for anything to knock our “heroes” off their pedestal.

I don’t understood either side of the spectrum.  The bottom line is that there isn’t a single perfect person on this planet.  Life is all about dealing with and attempting to overcome the individual trials we face.  At the end of the game, if we truly try to overcome, our trophy is getting to be with God in heaven, the only one that is perfect and has the right to judge us.

Sounds simple, but we all know it isn’t.  In fact, it’s hard as hell and gets the better of us much of the time.

As far as Pearlman goes, I believe his motive was to write a thorough biography.  He worked for three years on this book and interviewed over 600 people.  I have a feeling there will be plenty inside highlighting the great things that Walter Payton had accomplished as a human being.

Eventually, I will read Sweetness: The Enigmatic Life of Walter Payton and I’ll celebrate the great things Payton accomplished and try to learn from the trials he faced.

Peyton Manning and Jeff Saturday “He’s Doin’ It!”

19 Jan

Thanks to Dee Wayne for introducing me to this video.

I’ve always been a proponent of more open microphones on the sidelines.  These blowups are always entertaining.  Far better than the useless sideline reporters filling us in every time someone’s shoe is untied.

This particular exchange tickles my funny bone because it reminds me of every argument I ever had with my brothers.  You are busy going after each other before you realize there are others around you.  Once Tarrick Glenn steps in the mommy role Peyton starts blaming  Jeff Saturday.

He’s doin it!

Marvin Harrison Shooting: Why So Quiet?

18 Jan

I stumbled across an an interesting article by Jason Fagone from GQ.com about the Marvin Harrison shooting.  Here are some highlights:

  • Robert Nixon provided Fagone with an eye witness account of Marvin Harrison and an employee beating a man in the street on April 29, 2008
  • The same eye witness watched Harrison participate in a gun fight in the middle of Philadelphia in broad daylight with the man he was beating.
  • Fagone goes in depth about Harrison’s need to control every aspect of all of his business which is one of the major reasons he was involved in a gun battle.
  • Harrison turned over his hand gun, which is an uncommon model, to the police with shocking ease and further perplexed the authorities by providing a statement (below) that placed him at the scene of the shooting.

I walked down and asked him why he was continually threatening me and coming to my businesses and harassing my employees. He said, “I’m a grown man, I can do and go wherever I want and say what I want…and like I said, I will **** you up and **** your bar up…NOW WHAT!” He put his hands up and swung at me. He grazed me on my left shoulder and chin. I swung back and I missed. We wrestled and threw punches a little bit…I then walked up the street back to my garage, I guess like five minutes later he backs up the street to in front of my car wash. Gets on the phone and is saying, “get your guns…you know what you gonna get STAN [McCray]…I’m gonna **** you up MARV…you ain’t no Gangster.” I told him that I wasn’t a gangster but that he couldn’t keep coming back to my place of business and threaten me and start trouble. He drove off down the street. I was inside the garage. I heard gunshots like right after that.

The article did not necessarily paint the picture of Harrison as a complete”thug” like you would expect when reading about an incident like this.  I got the sense that Harrison’s participation in this fight was more of an extension of his uncanny “hands on” nature concerning his businesses. 

I am not a person that believes everything he reads so I always take these articles with a grain of salt.  The biggest shock to me is why we don’t hear more about this in the media?  Its very hard to believe that this isn’t covered on Sportscenter every day.  You have one of the best NFL receivers of all time allegedly involved in a gun battle in downtown Philadelphia and its not getting much press?  This may not be a bad thing.

This incident just proves the point that it all boils down to how these athletes are humans at the end of the day.  Not many are extraordinary in how they handle life outside of their prospective sport.  They are adulterers, thugs, community servants, good fathers, neglectful fathers, generous, cheap, philanthropic just like any random sample of the rest of us average joes.

The author provided some additional information that didn’t make the article at deadspin.com.

Colts Vs Ravens

15 Jan

It seems every time I turn on the radio I hear people doubting the Colts this weekend.  I don’t disagree with their following fears:

  1. The Colts may be rusty due to shutting down their starters for the last several weeks.
  2. The Ravens are playing great football lately and seem like they are on a roll.
  3. The Ravens are not going to be affected by the home town advantage in Indy.  Last week’s win in New England is proof enough.
  4. The Ravens running game may be effective in keeping the Colts offense off the field.

I definitely have my doubts.  It has always been my opinion that resting an offense that is pass heavy is a scary thing.  The passing game is so reliant on timing.  You just can’t simulate game speed in practices.

That being said, the Colts come across as never being intimidated by the Ravens defense and it was my feeling that they have always done well against Baltimore.  I looked it up, the Colts are 6-2 overall against Baltimore which includes a win in their only playoff match up.  Should be a fun one to watch.