Versatility is a major boon in the workforce. Look at Tim Tebow, who plays fullback and punt coverage, which earns his NFL salary. As for Oakland Raiders free safety Michael Huff, he is accustomed to shifting positions around the secondary. Due to injuries to the team’s starting corners, Huff made an emergency start at right cornerback on Sunday. We’ll see this for a while because the NFL veteran should emerge as the best cover corner in the Silver and Black.
According to various studies, the US adult population will be nearly 50% obese in 2030. It would be safe to include Eddy Curry in the demographic. The 29 year old center is jobless, in part to a decade-long struggle with buffet addiction. Curry’s avidity for food helped him cope with personal tragedies throughout his career, but he faces a crossroads after playing only 24 NBA games since 2008. Following a failed tryout with Brooklyn in August, it’s now or never to contact Jenny Craig and resume filling buckets.
Brandon Weeden is the most powerful man in Cleveland. Few quarterbacks can spur an entire town to openly weep in a three hour span. Weeden triggered the event with an apocalyptic week one performance that made Tim Couch cringe: 12 completions in 35 attempts, 118 yards, 4 interceptions, 2 fumbles and a 5.1 quarterback rating. It was the worst opening start for an NFL rookie since 1960.
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The most disappointing moment in my life occurred November 9, 2011. I had spent three days pouring my soul into an intimate love letter, only to discover that a 20 year old reincarnation of Aphrodite was in fact a lesbian. I have also admired photogenic quarterback Kyle Boller from afar, and while I’ve learned a lesson about judging a book by its cover, the sum of his NFL career has been similarly dismaying. The Southern California native retired on July 29, a day after signing with the San Diego Chargers, closing the chapter on an underwhelming tale of three-and-outs and untimely injuries. I once believed in Boller, but like many attractive individuals, he was merely a tease.
Germany, November 10, 1938. To German and Austrian Jews who survived to see the morning, there was no imminent hope in the aftermath of Kristallnacht. Fast forward to today, and a majority of NBA general managers acknowledge the necessity of collective team suffrage, before great times return. For a handful of NBA clubs, bad times may equate to tweaking personnel and treading water on the cusp of the playoffs, but for others, it means tearing down the roster and establishing an indefinite presence in the NBA cellar. A GM’s recognition to hit the reset button on a stalling franchise requires maturity, patience, and a sparkly new vision.
Athletes who suffer severe knee injuries tend to contemplate suicide. After all, a damaged joint could equate into millions of dollars in lost income. Along with the financial pain, tearing an anterior cruciate ligament (or two) can hinder an individual’s agility, balance and explosiveness. For running backs, years may pass before an NFL workhorse can replicate his performances previous to an ACL problem.
This season, Adrian Peterson, Jamaal Charles and Rashard Mendenhall are notable backs returning from ACL tears, and they hope to remain effective as before. We should look to history to sense the size of the mountain these ball carriers must climb to mount their comebacks.
I meet too many kids who despise used toys. My Hot Wheels showed damage, but they got the job done.
The same truth applies to NBA big men in their 30s. The mileage on athletes’ bodies can be offset by greater familiarity with NBA tricks and schemes. The accumulated wisdom of Elton Brand and Chris Kaman attracted the attention of the Dallas Mavericks, who have failed to replace Tyson Chandler’s towering presence. Brand and Kaman, 33 and 30 years old respectively, are slowing down in a young man’s sport, but they hold a wild card. The duo banged low together at an All-Star level with the Los Angeles Clippers for five seasons, and bring invaluable experience to the Mavericks. More importantly, their styles of play will mesh with the current roster, and ease the pressure off Dirk Nowitzki to carry the squad on another playoff run.
I blame President Obama for failing to create enough jobs in the NFL. With training camp on the horizon, many former starters find themselves out of work. Why are these players no longer in demand? Fault injuries, age discrimination, bloated salaries and toxic attitudes. Athletes can’t stay in their prime forever. What these guys really need is a hug.
Here is a list of the ten best remaining NFL free agents. In the right environment, these players have a reasonable chance to reclaim their past glory. But they come with question marks.
Life isn’t fair for underprivileged children, but wishing for new parents is a useless exercise. For Tarvaris Jackson, his NFL career has been the epitome of irresponsible team management. Yanked in and out of the starting lineup, the quarterback could never establish a rhythm and build momentum during a disappointing five-year Vikings career. After signing with the Seattle Seahawks, Jackson displayed marginal improvement, but again finds his role in jeopardy. While Jackson will tell you that external support is welcome, he understands that his own work can save his job.