Random Chumpservations, Vol 8: Darrelle Revis, LeBron James and conflicted Green Bay Packer fans

darrelle-revis1Security Blanket

How good is Darrelle Revis? I haven’t paid this much attention to an NFL cornerback since Deion Sanders was still in the league and I don’t think even Prime Time’s instincts were this good. Sanders was just a freakish athlete. Revis seems to have an uncanny knack, not only for the ball, but for the man he’s covering as well. It’s as if he knows what the wide receiver is going to do before he even does it.

Cornerback has to be the most unforgiving position in football. A bad corner will get picked on all day to the detriment of his team. You’re either a hero or a goat with no in between.

Covering someone like a blanket is an overused sports cliché but that’s exactly what Revis does. He’s a huge reason the Jets are one win away from the Super Bowl. Opposing quarterbacks won’t even throw to his side of the field.

Revis is bold too. When asked about defending Terrell Owens and Randy Moss, he called them both ‘slouches.’ This is a third-year player (already with 14 career interceptions) calling out two Hall of Famers! Ouch to the slouches!

This Sunday, Revis will face the best quarterback in the game: Peyton Manning. We’ll soon see how good this kid really is. If you want entertainment this Sunday, keep your eye on #24 in green.

green-bay-packer-cheesehead1Midwest conflict

I was talking to a hardcore Packers fan the other day. Since he was from the land of the cheese, I felt compelled to ask his stance on Brett Favre. Considering Favre leaving Green Bay for Minnesota purple is by all accounts one of the top ten turncoat moments in sports history, I wondered whether the average Packer fan had forgiven him now that he’s one win away from the Super Bowl.

It was refreshing to hear this gentleman’s perspective. He had come to terms with the fact that Favre was no longer Lambeau’s lovechild. He said he looked back fondly on the Favre years and was no longer bitter, going so far as to say he even rooted for Favre to do well. Not necessarily for the Vikings, but for the man himself.

A Minnesota Super Bowl might just leave the Midwest highly conflicted. Packers fans would blast the Vikes for shoplifting their golden boy, claiming they couldn’t have won the big one if not for their former QB. Vikes fans would know it took a former Packer to get them to the promised land.

In the end, Brett’d be the guy who takes a great looking girl to the prom one year, then her worst enemy the next, and ends up scoring with both of them. Maybe next year, he’ll try Chicago.

_lebron_dunk1Absence of Malice

I can’t even begin to tell you how disappointed I am that LeBron James is not participating in this year’s dunk contest. I don’t mean to sound like a child, but… HE PROMISED US!!!

At last year’s Dunk Contest, someone, maybe Craig Sager or Cheryl Miller, stuck a microphone in LeBron’s face and asked him whether he’d compete in 2010. Apparently caught up in the moment, Lebron announced he would participate in the contest he had always shunned. The crowd went wild, his announcement the highlight of the weekend. Dunk fans began counting down the days to Dallas.

This week, the participants list came out with James’ name conspicuously absent. Major bummer.

LeBron may have called dunk contests bourgeois in one of his Nike ads but it’s still a rite of passage. Julius Erving did it, Michael Jordan did it, Kobe Bryant did it. All dunk contest champions, all NBA champions.

You can’t go down as one of the greatest dunkers of all time if you never participated in the dunk contest. It might forever tarnish his legacy. Now Shaquille O’Neal is calling out Vince Carter and Kobe Bryant saying if they enter the contest, then LeBron will. One problem, Shaq. Those guys have already entered… and won. Bron Bron has not.

If All-Star weekend is truly about the fans, then we should get what we want… and that includes seeing LBJ fly through the air with the greatest of ease.

His winning was a foregone conclusion. ‘Nique, Dr. J and Kenny Smith already had their cardboard “10s” ready to be hoisted high in the air. They might as well pack them back up as LeBron has let us all down. Without him, the contest which has been lackluster of late will be barely worth watching. Here’s hoping the chosen one meets a chorus of boos if he attends the contest in a $10,000 suit rather than a uniform.

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24 Replies to “Random Chumpservations, Vol 8: Darrelle Revis, LeBron James and conflicted Green Bay Packer fans”

  1. Wow, that’s actually a great question, Al.

    Definitely post-worthy.

    I’m not sure I have an answer but they all pale in comparison to Leavitt these days.

    On the bright side, it’d make any new owner who wants to invest in the area more than welcome.

  2. The Revis-Manning matchup should be an interesting chess match…there’s an oxymoron for ya.
    Revis is just velcroed to any receiver he covers, and Manning…. well, “look at the big brain on Peyton.”
    You just know that these two have been watching tape of each other’s tendencies til last call for most of us.

    Favre, blah, blah, blah.

    Isn’t that Packer backer sporting a Dirty Green Sanchez? Eww!

  3. Han… great analogy. Those two going at it will definitely be a chess match.

    Or like the scene from Princess Bride where the man in black tries to best Vizzini by having him drink the glass with the poison in it…

    “Your man is going to run a wide out slant so I CLEARLY cannot drink the poison in front of me.”

  4. Chris

    I’m not tiring myself out throwing fast balls at fecal matter. Why not just throw ’em all in Lk Okeechobee and let the gators take care of ’em all ?

    Dropped these two pieces should at all be interested ? One is one the plight of professional sports in the Tampa area and the other is on the fallout over Conan O’Brien and Leno. What the _uck were NBC thining in the first place ?

    I Don’t Do Politics Really I Don’t ….

    Tampa sports and other such what nots

    The Fallout The Idiocy The Banal ..

    Leno and O’Brien are passe’ and unfunny !

    Alan Parkins

  5. Chris

    If you want banality and just nothingness in your comedy then you might as well stick with crap like Leno and Conan O’Brien.

    If you want funny then go with Chappelle . Check out the Racial Draft skit ? That $hit was funny as hell ! Click here to view.

    Don’t forget to get your Brett Favre ‘swerve’ on . LOL,LOL,LOL !!!

    Alan Parkins

  6. Chris

    Rumor has it that if the Rays aren’t able to get a facility built. Then there’s the possibility that Stuart Sternberg will consider the possibility of moving the team either to the New England area or even Philly ? If that were to happen then they’d have to become a NL team for sure.

    I hear that there’s already an outcry from the Mets, Yankees , Phillies and Red Sox ,who are against such a proposition ?

    If We’re Unable To First Laugh At Ourselves Then As A Race We Shouldn’t Be Critical Of Others

    Alan Parkins

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  9. I saw Conan on tour a couple days ago and it was very entertaining. I can’t wait for his new show to come to TBS. It will be the beginning of a new chapter in late night TV.

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