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Shawne Merriman will go through with season ending surgery after trying to play through a knee injury. What did he expect? Doctors repeatedly told him that not only was his season at risk, but his career was put at risk by attempting to play with such an injury. Then he comes out, plays, and says he didn’t feel right. Did he expect to be Super Man? Not playing is certain to make him unhappy, but dealing with the injury is the best option he has. The San Diego Chargers will survive without him in a conference that is becoming less and less of a powerhouse. The teams should remain competitive for the division with the Denver Broncos, and at least achieve a wild card spot. And in the playoffs anything can happen…

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The best quarterbacks always seem to fit a certain mold. They aren’t the most athletic, or the strongest out there, but they know how to play. The quarterback position is dominated by ‘white’ players, while more traditionally athletic positions are dominated by ‘black’ players. These other positions require less know how, and more pure talent. All of the best players at almost every position except QB, OL, K, and P, are down the line ‘black.’ But ‘black’ players often struggle at the quarterback position in the NFL. Most of the ‘black’ quarterbacks try to force athleticism to be more important at this position than know-how. The list is failed, or failing, athletic ‘black’ quarterbacks is mounting. The number one case is Michael Vick, who in my opinion, couldn’t throw a lick compared to the other starting quarterbacks in the league.  Being able to run so well is good, but in the NFL at the QB position the ability to perform in the pocket will always be more important unless there are drastic rule changes. The best ‘black’ quarterback I have seen, by far, is Donovan McNabb.  When he first came into the league he was the stereotypical running ‘black’ quarterback, but he learned and developed into a very good QB. When speaking about the best all-time black QB, Warren Moon, Randall Cunningham, and Doug Williams must be put into the equation. Of these, and of all ‘black’ quarterbacks, only Doug Williams has a Super Bowl ring as a starter. He wasn’t the most talented quarterback, but he played the position well. There are today a number of ‘black’ quarterbacks who have an opportunity to break the mold: JaMarcus Russell, David Garrard, Vince Young and Tavaris Jackson among others. But they have to learn not to rely on athleticism, and to use their skill as a passer, manager of the game, and leader.

My Favorite All-Time Lineup (not necessarily the best)

 

1B- Jeff Bagwell

2B- Chase Utley

3B- Chipper Jones

SS- Nomar Garciaparra

C- Jason Varitek

LF- Craig Biggio

CF- Ken Griffey Jr.

RF- J.D. Drew

DH- Joe DiMaggio

 
SP- Roger Clemens

 

SP- Justin Verlander

SP- Cole Hamels

SP- Bob Feller

SP- Tom Glavine

SP- Daisuke Matsuzaka

RP- Dennis Eckersley

CP- Trevor Hoffman

 

I have six starting pitchers, but one could be another reliever. Joe DiMaggio is at DH since Griffey is at the CF position.

 

 

 

 

 

The day before his dream became reality, Lt. Caleb Campbell was told to put it in the back of his mind for at least two years. The Army took a step back on a policy that had allowed Campbell to be drafted into the NFL by the Detroit Lions. He and the team was informed the day before the start of training camp. The purpose of allowing graduates of a military academy to pursue professional sports is publicity, but apparently the Army sought even more publicity. It is very likely the Army knew the position on policy even before Campbell was drafted, and had they informed him and the NFL then, there would have been no publicity on the issue. Instead, they wait until the whole nation knows about Campbell to revoke his chance to play in the NFL immediately. Yes, he acquired a duty to his nation by going to a military academy, but that does not mean he should be used as a mere tool. If the Army wanted him to perform his military duties rather than serve as a means to publicity, it was their responsibility to make the decision in a timely fashion.

On the same issue, but not as important; will the Detroit Lions receive any reimbursement. They drafted Campbell under the assumption he would be able to play. By the time Campbell’s service is complete, they will have no right to him as a player. Drafted him was a risk, but they had all been informed, at the time, that he would be able to play.