Saturday, August 24, 2013
Taking A Longshot Bet on "Black 13"
The two things that struck me immediately were...
1. Hmmm. 13. Odd number. Who has worn that "lucky" set of digits before in Green and Gold. (Answer: Chris Jacke, and Chester Marcol, both kickers, among others...)
2. And oh, yeah... a black QB. Have the Packers ever had one of them?
Apparently, not. At least not a starter. Which is fine. I am not trying to start anything here. In fact, I think any Packer fan would gladly welcome a kick-ass black starter, once your currrent 2 generation run of sure-fire Hall of Famers runs out. (/shakes fist. /#bastards!)
It just looked really, odd.
As for how did Vince play? I only saw a snippet, so I don't know. Personally, I think the guy is completely shot. In fact, he was never as good as the hype, and obviously he lacks the maturity and leadership to be the calm face of the franchise when things are not going well.
But I do sense that he's giving this comeback an earnest and humble effort. And for that, I applaud the guy. I am just not sure what he can do, or bring to the table. The coaches and Ted will have to figure that one out.
One last thing that bugged the crap out of me, however. Phil Simms. As you may know already, I have been very adamant that both Simms and Aikman are horribly, laughably, are-you-actually-listening-to-what-they-say BAD BAD BAD at analyzing NFL games on TV.
Oh sure, Phil is good at cliches delivered in a quasi-John Wayne cowboy voice. And Troy is good at giving you a second play-by-play description of what you just saw anyway, over a slow motion replay.
(Note: Tim Ryan and Cris Collinsworth are BY FAR and away, the best NFL game analysts on TV, IMHO).
So Vince nearly throws an awful pick on like his 3rd throw, and Simms blurps out unthinkingly "Good quick decision there...."
No! No, no, NOOOOOOO!
Bad decision! BAD! What is he TALKING about?!
Not only did Vince not properly read the linebacker who had dropped into his throwing lane, but the pass was going to be YARDS behind the receiver anyway!
And all Cowboy Simms could say was "good quick decision...." followed by some rambling nonsense.