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Thursday, October 26, 2006


Well Someone is an Idiot

That means you Tom Jackson, and some guy named Gary Myers who writes for the Daily News. We all knew Michael Irvin was an idiot but Tiki Barber reminded us of that too. He criticised all these guys for called his discussion on retirement "a distration to the team" among other things. To be honest, I don't really know why he's doing it. Is he putting pressure on himself to win the Super Bowl? Granted, he is one of the more well-spoken athletes around, but would he rather pursue a career in TV than play a game for a living? I love Tiki Barber, but I can't help but think he (and most athletes) don't know what it's like to have a real job. IT SUCKS. And if he would rather go get a job in "finance or philanthropy" as this article suggested, I think he is the one who is the idiot.

Tiki is at the peak of his career right now, leading the NFL in rushing and averaging 5.0 yards per carry. It seems like the more touches he gets, the better chance the Giants have of winning. If he retired today, there is a good chance that he would end up in the Hall of Fame (more coming on this soon). His backup Brandon Jacobs has looked damn good also and is probably ready to step in if necessary next year- although he hasn't shown Tiki-like pass catching ability.

What is with Michael Irvin's suits? They are the most God-awful looking things I've ever seen. How can they let him on TV with those? Does he dress himself or does someone at the network pick that crap out?

I think it takes makes a statement to walk away at the peak of your game. I respect his decision to do so- he's accomplished so much, will probablybe a hall of famer, and he has very little left to prove to anyone. why risk an injury that could affect the rest of his life? And while he'll probably end up being a broadcaster, he's not an idiot for considering a real job. Lots of former athletes go into finance or other careers. One example is Northgate Capital. Brent Jones and Tommy Vardel are founding partners. Look at Bill Bradley becoming a US senator. Could Tiki end up like that? Probably.

Jordan retired the first time as the greatest basketball player ever, as the game's most dominant player at the time, and after hitting a last second shot to win a championship.

What a statement, ya know? He knew how good he was, and he walked away with no doubt about that, and no doubt that he could continue to dominate- if he wanted to.

He partly ruined his reputation in my eyes by coming back and playing until he just couldn't get it done at his level anymore. Too many athletes drag out their careers until the bitter end and don't know what the hell to do with themselves afterwards. And while yes, to those of us working real jobs, that haven't made millions playing a game, playing a game for a living sounds great. It would be great to have that opportunity- there's no way to deny that. But it might not be all its cracked up to me when you're getting older (regardless of how well you continue to perform).

I understand Tiki wanting to go out on top and to consider all the options he has. Let's just hope he has the same success as Jordan did in his (first) last year.
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