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.


But this isn’t like him…

May 6, 2008

For the record, I’m not a Colts fan. I am, however, a Peyton Manning fan simply because I like the way he plays the game, and to me, his off-the-field ads/endorsements are funny. Plus, the few times I’ve had the opportunity to come in contact with him, he’s seemed genuine. And, I’m a big Tony Dungy fan. Aside from being a Super Bowl winning coach, I believe he’s a man of values and stature who should be a role model for men of all races to aspire to be like.

But that’s where it ends. However, because of their success, I’ve had no other choice but to watch them play because it seems they’re the national game every week during the regular, so I feel like I know the team fairly well.  I know Joseph Addai, Dallas Clark, Reggie Wayne, Jeff Saturday

And Marvin Harrison.

Harrison is arguably one of the top-5 receivers of the past 20 years. His numbers can’t be ignored and he finally added a Super Bowl ring to his resume a couple of years ago. But he doesn’t get the same national attention because he isn’t as “flamboyant” as some of his other wide receiver counterparts — Chad Johnson, T.O., Brandon Marshall, etc. Because he’s “quiet” and “plays the game with respect” he has been lauded by the media. Because he doesn’t celebrate when he scores a touchdown, he’s squeaky clean.

So this week, when allegations surfaced about Harrison being involved in a shooting incident in his native North Philly ‘hood, I was curious to see how people and the media would respond now that something like this has happened to a “Marvin Harrison type of guy”

For the record, count me among the many who didn’t see this coming, but don’t count me as one who was suprised. One of the mistakes fans and media make, particularly when analyzing the black athlete, is thinking we know how a person is based on how they look and what they do for the 2-3 hours they’re about catching a ball.

Assumptions are made and stereotypes are formed. If said player is tatted up, beats his chest and shows any kind of emotions, more than likely, to the outside world at least, there has to be something wrong with him and he’s labeled as troubled and a thug. On the flip side, a player like Harrison, who doesn’t draw attention to himself and is soft-spoken, can’t possibly have any problems because it just doesn’t seem like something he’d do.

Guilt or innocence is besides the point. I hope Harrison makes it through this. Say what you want about T.O. and he perceived selfishness and arrogance, but you never hear about him getting arrested, in trouble etc. But the media potrays him as the bad guy. Maybe we should stop thinking we know people based on what we see once or twice a week when they’re in a uniform.

 


Dumbass

April 3, 2008

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The next time you’re involved in a conversation with someone or you read a blog (including TBQ) and the subject is how the black athlete is always wrongly stereotyped by fans and sometimes the media, stop and think about players like Chris Henry.

It is because of the stupidity that he and others (Pacman) have shown, that messes it up for the masses who are behaving like they’re supposed to. It’s because of players like Henry that some folk think that a lot of our black athletes are just a bunch of overpaid thugs. Is it right, no? But when you hear stories about Henry, what do you expect the reaction to be.

In the latest entry to the Henry off the field saga, the 24-year-old was arrested for the fifth time this week after being accused of punching an 18-year-old in the face and breaking his car window with a beer bottle.

Seriously? WTF is this guy thinking?

For reasons unbeknowst to me, the Bengals kept giving Henry chance after chance after chance. And time after time, he kept finding himself in trouble. Part of me wonders who is giving this young brother advice and part of me feels sorry for him. But, on the other hand, part of me is like — you’re a grown man who has an opportunity that hundreds would do anything for, and you can’t behave? That, to me, is a problem I can’t solve.

But the team finally released the troubled wide receiver  today, saying “His conduct can no longer be tolerated.”

Some team will probably give Henry a chance. Maybe not this year, but he’s young enough that he has some time left. I just hope, for his  sake, that he will grown and give himself a chance to play, and not be in jail somewhere.


Does Favre remind you of ‘you’?

March 7, 2008

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Like most of you, I’ve been drained by all this Brett Favre retirement coverage over the last couple of days.

To be clear, I respect Favre and think he’s had a great career, but the coverage (while very thorough) seemed over the top and was as if the man had died.

I’ve overheard and been in discussions with people as to why Favre warrented such coverage/attention. The consensus was that aside from his on the field accolade, fans and the media loved Favre because he was “everyman” He reminded the averaged fan/viewer of his or herself. From the way he “played like a kid” to his t-shirt and jean press conferences. He appeared to be a guy who you could see yourself having a drink with.

So the “He was one of us” theme was prevalent over the last couple of days, which kind of baffled me to an extent because Brett Favre doesn’t remind me of me.

This made me think and bring up another question. When’s the last time or when will there ever be a minority athlete who receives this treatment, because Warren Sapp certainly didn’t.

The first name that came to mind was MJ. Sure his first retirement was somewhat ceremonial but that so much of a surprise, people didn’t want to believe it. And his second retirement was uneventful.  In the NFL, Emmitt Smith when out quietly and we all are seeing what’s happening to Barry Bonds.

Methinks we probably won’t see this again — at least until Peyton Manning and/or Tom Brady retires.


Favre retires

March 4, 2008

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Let the media slurping begin.