Is VY suffering from bitchassness?

September 11, 2008

Perhaps.

Let’s look at the evidence — the last 3 years for Vince Young.

First of all, as the starting quarterback for the University of Texas, you walk on water. You are guaranteed an all-access pass to any and all of the ASSets the university and the city of Austin has to offer.

Then, you play in and win arguably the greatest college football game of all-time in a Rose Bowl victory over perennial power USC.

A few months later, despite questions of arm mechanics and Wonderlic socres, you’re drafted No. 3 overall by the Titans and instantly become a millionaire.

You become the starter in your rookie season, lead your team to several fourth quarter come-from-behind wins, earning a trip to the Pro Bowl.

After one season, you’re on the cover of Madden and lead your team to the playoffs. Even then, you supposedly considered leaving the game.

Now, in your third season, you have a bad day in the first game of the season, and you can’t take the heat?

To be fair, I, nor anyone else for that matter, seem to know the real deal to Young’s latest whine fest.

To recap, the Titans WON the game on Sunday, but VY didn’t have his best game and suffered a knee injury of some sort. Like every other QB in the league who has a bad day, he was booed. Apparantley, Young was down in the dumps later on and went missing for four hours, which alarmed close friends and family.

False alarm. He was and still is ok.

Physically.

Emotionally is another story. By all accounts, it seems VY simply can’t handle the pressure. He has been the man all these years and now, because he’s not lighting up the NFL and the fans and media aren’t kissing his ass, he’s an emotional wreck.

News flash: It’s the NFL – a man’s league. Since that Rose Bowl game, I’ve been a fan and have wanted the best for Young. But this episode has left me in a state of indifference. So what they booed you. So what you didn’t have a great game.

Suck it up.

The name of this blog is the Black Quarterback. It’s in honor of the struggles minority quarterbacks have had to overcome. Are the smart enough? Do they have the skills?

Are they mentally strong?

Vince Young, one of the bright young black QBs in the NFL needs to show he’s mentally strong.

Or he’ll have a very short career.

Advertisements

No celebrating allowed

September 10, 2008

Let me first say again, that it’s good to “be back” and hopefully I’ll be back on a more consistent basis.

That said, like many I thoroughly enjoyed the Olympics this year. Not since the 96 games in Atlanta, have I been that excited to catch the competition each day and night and keep up with how the US was doing.

It’s undeniable that the face of these Olympics was Michael Phelps. The Baltimore native transcended the games and captured the attention and imagination of even the casual fan. From the world records to the wins by the closest of margins, Phelps’ record-breaking eight gold medal performance was to me, one of the greatest individual sport performances of all time. While he says he’ll swim in 2012 in London, he is set for life and through endorsements and speaking engagements, will never have to step foot in a pool if he doesn’t want to.

But coming in a close second to Phelps for the story of the Olympics was Usain Bolt, the dynamic, charismatic sprinter from Jamaica. Maybe it was just me, but I’d never heard of this guy prior to this summer. Immediately, if nothing else, the guy won the award for greatest name in sports. But Bolt did more than that. In an instant, actually 9.69 seconds, Bolts made everyone take notice. Who was this guy and where did he come from.

Asafa Powell? Whatever. Tyson Gay? Please. He dusted them.

…and then rejoiced.

Bolt let up with about 20 yards to go and was in utter joy because of his win. But, for whatever reason, critics blasted him. Why? I don’t recall the chairman of the IOC giving his opinion when Phelps was screaming and splashing the water after a couple of his wins.

When athletes, particularly minorities, celebrate, it’s often perceived in the media as being cocky, brash and disrespectful to the game and their opponents. And while in many cases that’s true, more often than not, the accusations are completely off base.

We need more Bolt. I just hope he’s clear of steriods. He’s a star in the making and is fun to watch.

The amazing athleticism…and the showmanship