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Russell Wilson Contract Dreams

Russell Wilson reportedly wants to be the NFLs highest paid player according to Jason Cole from Bleacher Report.

This is not a surprise. Every quarterback wants to be the highest paid player. It is almost a badge of honor.

But I would share some advice my father once gave me…

‘It’s good to want things…”

It is not a case that the Seattle Seahawks will not pay Russell Wilson.

It is not a case of Wilson not deserving a much more lucrative contract than the one he currently has.

It is simply a case of Wilson not deserving to be the highest paid quarterback in the NFL. He is not in that class. Not yet.

While Wilson is a very good quarterback he is not among the best at the position. That title belongs to Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers. Wilson may not even be the best quarterback of his draft class. You can easily argue that Andrew Luck hold that honor. Wilson may be a top-10 quarterback but he has not cracked the top-5 yet, so why should he get that kind of money.

Anyone advocating that Wilson get the huge payday will surely point to the two Super Bowls that he has played in. That is fair.

I have two words for those people: Mark Sanchez

Nowadays Sanchez is almost a punchline but once he was the ‘Sanchise’. After leading(let’s try to remember football is a team sport) the New York Jets to a couple AFC Championship games Sanchez was signed to a lucrative contract. Shortly after it was clear he was overpaid.

Like Sanchez, Wilson came to an already built team. The Jets like the Seahawks had a great defense. The Jets offense relied on a strong running game much like the Seahawks. Sanchez was not so much asked to win games as to not lose them.

I like Wilson. Wilson is very good. Russell Wilson is no Mark Sanchez. The question is how good is Russell Wilson really.

Aaron Rodgers can carry his team, can Wilson. That will be the question. Right now Wilson is not in his class.

Right now Wilson does not deserve to be paid as the best quarterback in the NFL. That does not stop him from wanting it though.

It is awfully good to want things though…

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Bruce Wayne is Batman

Bruce Wayne is Batman.
Peter Parker is Spider-Man.
And Clark Kent is Superman.

It really is not that difficult to understand is it? Ask anyone on the street who is Batman or Spider-Man or Superman those are the answers you will get. Yet every so often some writer or editor will think ‘hey I have a great idea let’s put someone else in the Bat-suit. It will be great, everyone will love it.’

No. No they won’t. The majority of us simply wait for Bruce or Peter or Clark to be back. It is not about being resistant to change it is about the hero and the man being one and the same.

I have written before…Superman without Clark is simply not so ‘Super’ there is something missing. Without the man within, with all his all-too human failings, these heroes are not so heroic.

In the name of change, or more recently diversity Marvel and DC seem to want us to accept different characters in long time heroes roles. Miles Morales as Spider-Man, Sam Wilson(Falcon) as Captain America, even Jim Gordon as Batman…these are well-built characters let them have their own identities do not steal someone else’s.

Then you have the practice of flat-out changing a hero’s race or sex in the name of diversity. Yes the new Thor has been written(and drawn) incredibly well but that is the exception. Usually it is heavy-handed and poorly executed. The new mixed race Wally West is the perfect example. You took a wonderful ginger(a minority on its own) who had done more for diversity than most under the skilled writing of Mark Waid and cast him aside. And for what to say that you had a more ethnically diverse superhero cast?

Here is a novel proposal: rather than take heroes that have been around for my lifetime(forty-plus years) and change them…why not create new heroes of every race, sex and all the diverse experiences that populate this planet of ours. Create new characters just do not stand on the bones of the old. Is that too much to ask.

Bruce Wayne is Batman. We will wait. He will be back.

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Stuart Scott (1965-2015)

ESPN anchor Stuart Scott died Sunday morning at age 49. My condolences to his family and friends.

It is hard. As we move on in life people are taken from us. Whether a family member, a friend or simply someone who we grew up with. Sometimes it is someone who seemed ever-present in our lives, someone like Stuart Scott.

The first time a celebrities death truly hit me was with Johnny Carson. Ended every single day with him for longer than I care to remember. He was the uncle who made you laugh. Much the same recently when we lost Robin Williams. But the hits keep coming.

I first saw Stuart Scott on the local news here in Orlando, he worked for WESH the NBC station here in Orlando before moving onto ESPN. We grew up with his catchphrases: “Booyah…” and “cooler than the other side of the pillow” became part of the national lexicon. Through Scott sportscasters are often as known by their catchphrases as for their work.

When I saw Scott’s speech at this years ESPY award show I was at once proud and saddened.

I was proud seeing a strong man fighting cancer and staying positive. So many fight this dreaded disease and it is absolutely a fight. Those like Stuart Scott and Jim Valvano who fight the fight and live their lives gives me hope for so many others.

I was saddened because, because I knew this day was coming. This day comes far to soon for each and every one of us.

We will miss you Stuart Scott.

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This is Jimmy V week.

I did not know Jim Valvano.
I never saw him play, never saw him coach. When he was cutting down the nets after winning the 1983 NCAA Basketball Tournament I was only 12 years old. I was unaware of Jim Valvano’s entire existence until this:

It is odd going from being unaware of someone to feeling a great admiration for that same someone in the span of mere minutes. That is what Jim Valvano gave us.

Sports is life. It is more important than the simple games we play and enjoy. Sometimes it can bring people together in a fellowship, a brotherhood that would not exist otherwise.

The “Jimmy V” speech is outstanding. It is inspiring. You do not need to even like sports to be touched by the words he said that night. The thoughts he shared that night transcend the sporting world.

“If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that’s a full day. That’s one heck of a day.”

It is an amazing day. Here was a man dying of cancer(he would pass less than a month later) urging those in attendance to live their lives to the fullest. That night he would form the Jimmy V Foundation for Cancer Research to help others. And he has helped so many others. Not only those helped by the foundation, but those inspired by his shining example.

It inspires me every day of my life. Every time I watch that speech is like watching it for the first time. Chills go down my spine and I feel like I could run through any wall. I feel I could do anything. Time is a gift, there is only so much that we each have. So live your life.

“Don’t give up. Don’t ever give up.”

If you would like to donate: 1-800-4-JIMMYV

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Tannehill signed through 2020

On May 19th quarterback Ryan Tannehill signed a contract extension keeping him with the Miami Dolphins through the 2020 season.

This is an important move for the franchise moving forward. Stability at the most important position can only help the rest of the team. Since Hall-of-Famer Dan Marino retired the team has searched constantly for a franchise quarterback. They have looked everywhere through free agency, the draft. Former starters, long time backups. It is a search many team make over time. It can hold an entire team hostage until they find the one.

Now Ryan Tannehill is still not a finished project. He does still have work to do but that is a good thing. Getting better every day is important to everyone.

Can his pocket presence be better? Yes.

Can his deep passing game improve? Of course.

A thousand little things can improve. But he has shown enough for the vote of faith.

Some will criticize that he is not among the elite quarterbacks. That is ok. Here is a dirty little secret: there are only maybe 3 truly elite quarterbacks. Tannehill is not elite but he is among the top 12 quarterbacks in the league.

That is a good start. Now is the time to find that next gear and see just how good he can be.

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