Thursday, February 02, 2006

Donovan, You're Way Off On This One

I'm not certain, but I'm pretty sure Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb is a regular reader, so I figured I'd give my two cents on his current T.O. row. For those of you who haven't been following but are still reading (I'm thinking four people), Donovan McNabb has claimed that Terrell Owens’s comments after last years Super Bowl were racially charged. In an interview, Owens agreed that the Eagles would be better off with Brett Favre at quarterback.

OK, I should be right up front about this, I'm not black. In fact, between my gills and powerful scaled tail and silvery dappled skin, I'd be hard pressed to be considered human., but the idea that this is a racial statement is absurd. McNabb says the fact that Favre was chosen for comparison over black quarterbacks Michael Vick, Daunte Culpepper, Steve McNair, Aaron Brooks and Byron Leftwich makes this akin to black on black crime. That Favre was chosen because he's white is an absurd idea. Favre was chosen because he's the only legendary quarterback in the game today.

Lets compare the numbers, Favre has thrown for 396 TDs, those other six combined for 371. Those six have one league MVP, Favre has three. Those six QBs have appeared in one Super Bowl between them, Favre has been to two and has won one. Favre is the only QB on that list capable of making a mediocre team a contender. McNabb has that kind of ability as well, but he is not yet a legend.

That said, what T.O. said was weak. He went out of his way to tear the team apart. He's brought race into the equation, most notably against Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome, in the past where it doesn't seem to belong. McNabb should have stayed above it. T.O. is just a jerk. When he implied his previous quarterback Jeff Garcia was gay and his game was hurt by it, race was not part of the issue. The issue was a loud mouthed wanker who consistently puts himself above the team.

I understand why McNabb has taken this stand and why he's chosen this moment to do it. McNabb has taken a lot of heat, even being attacked by members of the NAACP over the team's collapse. From the outside, he doesn't seem to deserve the heat. With T.O. now gone, McNabb had to do something to win back the team and the fans and what better time than Super Bowl week with a less than lime light game on the horizon? Great from a PR stand point, not sure it hits the truth though.


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