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Braylon Edwards Needs to Shut Up

By now, you’ve heard about the infamous comments made by disgruntled wide receiver Braylon Edwards.  Following a loss to the Eagles on Monday Night Football, Edwards had some choice words for his city and fan base.  According to Cleveland.com, Edwards made the following comments:

“I’m not Paul Warfield, Webster Slaughter or Jim Brown. I’ve given my all to this city for four years, and I realize it will never be enough. I went to the Pro Bowl last year and resurrected this team from the darkness, and nobody cared.”

“People in this town believe they are entitled to too much. They have been disrespectful to me and my family. I’ve gone out in public with my family and have had to deal with being called foul names. My parents have been called vulgar things at restaurants.”

“My biggest problem is that I actually give a damn. I’m always rushing back from surgeries and injuries, never missing games or practices. But through this, I’ve learned how to overcome adversity. I’m also proud of how my foundation has taken off. I’ve been doing all this community service in Cleveland … my charity efforts will only be in Detroit from now on.”

While it’s completely out of bounds for fans to attack a player’s family, it’s insane how Edwards feels the way he does. Is Braylon a Paul Warfield or Jim Brown? No. But who is? Those guys are hall of famers.

Edwards Drops Another Pass

Edwards Drops Another Pass

The issue with fans being upset that Edwards went to college at Michigan is equally absurd. Fans don’t care where you came from as long as your work your butt off for the team on the field. If you play well, they love you. If you play poorly, you will certainly hear the boo-birds. If Browns fans can accept Jamal Lewis–a player who not only played for the city that stole their football team in 1996 but who also gashed them for 500 rushing yards in just two games in 2003 (Lewis also went to prison in early 2005)—then Cleveland can certainly accept a Michigan Wolverine onto the Browns squad.

Edwards is always rushing back from injuries? Isn’t that what you’re supposed to do? You get paid for playing on Sundays. If an injury forces you out of the lineup, it’s your duty to commit yourself to rehab and return to the field as soon as possible. That’s life in the NFL.

As for taking money out of charities in Cleveland—that’s simply a revolting comment, especially since the charities Edwards refers to revolve around child education in Cleveland. Here’s the truth, Braylon. In 2005, you were drafted with the third overall pick in the draft and given a fat contract. Your first season was decent enough and it unfortunately ended prematurely with an ACL tear. You bounced back a bit in your second year, but you showed that you lacked concentration on the field (dropped passes), and poise off it (attempting to fight Charlie Frye on the sideline).

Last season, you exploded. You set a franchise record for single season reception yardage (1,289), as well as the mark for touchdowns (16). You helped the team win ten games for the first time since 1994. You were voted into the Pro Bowl. Oh, and you were adored by the fans. No one cared what school you went to or what college colors you wore. What mattered is what you did on the field while wearing that burnt orange helmet.

The cure for Edwards is simple—catch the football. Braylon leads the entire league in dropped passes. Fans of Cleveland have been through a lot—no Championships since 1964, no Superbowl appearances, heartbreaking playoff losses, a move to Baltimore, a putrid resurrected franchise—all they want is their star player to display his talent on Sundays. You’re a wide receiver, Braylon. When the ball is sent your way, receive it!

Sigh…if only this was the real Braylon Edwards that consistently showed up every week.

Browns wide receiver Joe Jurevicius—who hasn’t played a down this season due to injury—put it best:

The way I see it, these fans would party on Saturday if Ohio State won the national championship, but the city would burn down if we won the Super Bowl.”

Hopefully Edwards receives this advice with open hands arms.

December 21, 2008 Posted by | Features & Opinions, NFL, Talkin Trash | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Where are they Now?

Ah, as High School basketball draws to a close we should anxiously anticipate the unveiling of the next “sure thing” moving through a year or two of the NCAA’s into NBA fame.  Names like Chris Webber, Kobe Bryant, “King” James, and Dwight Howard, all of which have done all but dissapoint.  But what about the ones that did disappoint, the ones that carried that world of potential to, well, not to the NBA.  Where are THEY now?

 

Jewish Jordan

"Jewish Jordan"

Tamir Goodman: Tabbed the Jewish Jordan, Goodman was recognized by Sports Illustrated, 60 Minutes, and ESPN after averaging 35.4 points per game at the Talmudical Academy of Baltimore, and was dubbed the 25th best HS basketball player in the country.  Goodman received a full-ride scholarship to the University of Maryland in 1999, but was released from his verbal commitment since the school could not accommodate his religious need to have Fridays and Saturdays free.

Goodman transferred to Towson University, but had a separate falling out as he thought his coach was Anti-Semitic.  Goodman finally had the opportunity to showcase his “Jordan-esque” skills when he was signed by Maccabi Tel Aviv in Israel.  In 2005, Goodman went on to serve in  the Israeli Defense Force, as a requirment of Israel.  After numerous knee injuries, Goodman returned to America, trying his hand with the Maryland Nighthawks of the PBL, yet today has has returned to Israel to play for the Maccabi Haifa team back in Israel.  Tamir is a motivational Speaker for youth in the Jewish Orthodox religion

Felipe Lopez

Felipe Lopez

 

Felipe Lopez: One of the most heralded players in US High School basketball history, Felipe landed countless accolades including Gatorade, Parade, and USA Today Player of the Year, McDonalds All-American MVP, and the cover of Sports Illustrated.  At 18, Lopez attended a conference with Jim Brown, Bill Clinton, and Jackie Joyner-Kersee.  He went on to have a little success at St. Johns University, inlcuding a 17.8 PPG Freshman Year then managed to squeak into the NBA, where he averaged a career total of 5.8 PPG over 4 years.

Felipe has gone on to play ball in the Domincan Republic, where his family immigrated from, The NBA’s D-League, Germany, Spain, The CBA, Brazil, and today in Venezuela for Gaiteros del Zulia.

The Greatest of All Time

The Greatest of All Time

 

Earl “The GOAT” Manigault: Who could forget, when legendary Laker center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar had his number 33 retired in the Los Angeles Forum, he was asked who the greatest player he ever faced was.  His response, yes Earl the GOAT Manigault.  

Earl was a basketball legend renowned for his dunking ability, even at 6 ‘-1”.  Rumored to have been able to touch the top of the backboard and execute on the Double-Dunk (Dunk with one hand, then with the other, all while remaining in the air).  Aftering receiving scholarships from Duke, North Carolina, Indiana and more than 70  more Universities, Earl opted to attend Johnson C. Smith University, where he lasted only one semester because of bad grades, which led to less playing time by his coach.  Earl fell into drug usage, catapulting him into prison on 2 separate occasions, but rebounded by starting the “Walk Away from Drugs” tournament held in Harlem, NY, still around today.  Earl passed away in 1998, but will always be remembered as the Greatest Of All Time!

Honorable Mention: Damon Bailey, Jerod Ward, Donnell Harvey, Sebastian Telfair, Leon Smith.

December 5, 2008 Posted by | NBA | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment