- How about a point/counterpoint on Clinton Portis? DJ Blitz at the new All Hail, Washington Redskins echoes Bucky Brooks from earlier today, nominating Clinton Portis for league MVP. Counterpoint: Adam Best on FoxSports.com thinks that Clinton Portis makes a mighty lousy leader, mainly because he used to dress up in costumes, and thinks Clinton should fix that. COUNTER-counterpoint: DW at Riggo’s Rag, a site that’s apparently owned by one Adam Best, emphatically (and entertainingly) disagrees with his boss.
There are so many reasons this article is ridiculous, I’m not even sure where to begin. Let’s start with general premise that a team can be lead by a running back. Seriously, name a team that has ever had an RB as its unquestioned leader?
- Meanwhile, Skin Patrol over at Hogs Haven aggregates internet response to the Shaun Alexander signing, and finds that people are generally skeptical. He does manage to end it on a positive, optimistic note, though, so that’s impressive. (Also, he expresses concerns about Alexander’s ability to catch the ball out of the backfield, including loads of intimidating statistics to back that up. I can’t completely disagree because I don’t have a lot of information yet, but I will mention that my scrawled practice notes from day include a phrase that looks a lot like “35 ctchs bll wl bkfld,” which probably means that I thought he was catching the ball well out of the backfield — I specifically remember a one-handed grab — at least today. Anecdotal and not statistical, but it’s better than nothing.)
- Michael Lombardi at the National Football Post is also DEEPLY concerned about the Redskins recent moves. Of course, he supports his opinion by observing that someone named “Reed Dougherty” will be tough to replace, so it’s possible that he’s not following as closely as I’d believed.
- And every time Troy Aikman calls a Redskins game, I get emails saying that he’s biased in favor of the Cowboys. I generally ignore these, but Boomer Esiason says that he watched this week’s Dallas game, and thought “the bias that was coming from [Aikman] yesterday was actually stunning.” So maybe there’s something to that after all.