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Darrell Green isn’t human

Everyone thinks Chris Johnson is fast, and well…he is, really fast. But Darrell Green isn’t just fast, he’s superhuman.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Green, he is a hall of fame cornerback who played twenty seasons with the Washington Redskins. A lot of people consider him to be one of the best cornerbacks of all time (myself included), hence the first ballot hall of famer status. He was a part of those ’87 and ’91 Superbowl teams and played a role in their defense all the way up to 2002 when he retired from the NFL at the age of 42.

Now I assume you all know Chris Johnson, star runningback for the Tennessee Titans, put up more than 2,000 rushing yards last year, ran an insane 4.24 40 yard dash at the combine, and is widely considered to be the fastest man in the NFL right now. He wants to race Usain Bolt for the title of fastest man in the world, but they may have forgotten someone.

Darrell Green ran a 4.12 40 yard dash, a 4.12, think about that. Starting from a standstill, and still being able to average almost 10 yards a second. Now that in itself is crazy impressive, but Green’s superhumanity doesn’t stop there. When Green was 40, he ran the 40 yard dash again, this time he posted a 4.2, that’s right, at 40 years old he posted the same 40 yard dash time as Chris Johnson did when he was fresh out of college. But it gets even crazier, on Darrell Green’s 50th birthday, on February 15, 2010 these three tweets were sent out by the mutant himself :

“Quick update from the Birthday Boy:) I think today I became the fastest 50 year old in the world! @9AM today, I celebrated my 50th BDay”

“By running the 40 yard dash in Orlando, Florida in a time of 4.43! FYI, all born between 1946 -1964 are baby boomers”

“I’m guessing that makes me the fastest baby boomer! I would say, thats really booming. Are you?”

A 4.43 at 50 years old, 50! That is definitely beyond human. Apparently this guy is so fast he has actually outrun aging. Sure Chris Johnson is the fastest man in the NFL right now, but Darrell Green was the fastest man in the NFL for 20 years, and if he was in the NFL now at the age of 50, he would STILL be one of the fastest people in the league.

I bet the Redskins wouldn’t mind having a 50 year old Green in their secondary next season.

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A few thoughts on the superbowl

Most of you probably watched it, so no point in setting up the background info. Here are a few thoughts I had about the game.

Drew Brees: After looking at his last season (Only the second person ever to pass for 5,000 yards, 34 touchdowns, and a 96.2 passer rating for the year) and this year (70.6 completion percentage, 13-3 regular season record with one  loss where he didn’t play, a playoff run during which he beat 3 of the most prolific quarterbacks to play the game: Manning, Favre, and Warner) is it possible that Drew Brees is, at the moment, the best quarterback in the league? No one has played football as well as he has over the last two seasons, the guy has simply been amazing, and he won a Superbowl ring  and a Superbowl MVP while he was at it (though he was snubbed for another big award).

Peyton Manning: It’s funny how short the memories of sports commentators and a large portion of sports fans are. For two weeks leading up to the Super Bowl I had to hear about how Peyton Manning is the greatest to ever play the position of quarterback and all this other stupid Peyton love that really made no sense. He is a great quarterback, probably will end his career as one of the best, but best ever? Please. The guy is .500 in the post season, he’s mediocre when it counts the most. Greatness isn’t what you do in the day to day, or how many meaningless games you win, the fact of the matter is in big games he chokes (I’m going to revisit this topic later, cause there is so much to say about this weird Peyton love that people have). Give me Joe Cool over Peyton any day.

MVP Award: I know hindsight is 20/20 and all, but why the hell didn’t Brees win the MVP again? I mean, even without hindsight, it’s pretty obvious Brees should have won it. Look at the numbers. Brees threw for .6 more yards per attempt, completed 1.8% more of his passes, threw 1 more TD on 57 less attempts, threw 5 less interceptions, and had a 9.7 point higher passer rating. What gives? Drew Brees was better than Peyton in pretty much every way, but Peyton Manning won the regular season MVP for his record 4th time, and he won it by a landslide. Seems like another case of unwarranted Peyton love.

Saints Linebackers: How good did these guys play last night, I mean holy crap how many times did you see a Saints linebacker in single coverage against a Colts receiver? And they weren’t getting beat, they kept up even on some of the longer routes (granted they couldn’t cover them on every pass, but c’mon, they’re linebackers). It was quite a performance they put on and they should get a lot more credit than they are.

Manning’s Interception: Anyone with a memory of Peyton Manning’s career knew this was going to happen, you should have been waiting for it. The guy isn’t a postseason performer, he is a choker, and he WAS going to throw an interception in that game, no doubt about it. Credit to Tracy Porter though for sniffing out that route before the ball was even snapped. (By the way, Peyton should have had two interceptions that game, but it’s cool, I’ll settle with one.)

Garrett Hartley: I’m glad Brees won the Superbowl MVP (mostly because he got snubbed for the regular season MVP) but man, this guy needs to get some kind of award or something. First he gets them to the Superbowl by making that kick under huge pressure in the NFC Championship, then he goes on to break the Superbowl record and kick 3 beautiful field goals right between the uprights from 40+ yards away. Without each of those kicks, the wind goes out of the Saints’ sails and the Colts capitalize, and most likely win the Superbowl. In a year where kickers sucked terribly at pivotal moments, this guy really came through.

Sean Payton: How gutsy was that onside kick coming out of halftime, the balls on Sean Payton are undoubtedly made of some undiscovered substance stronger than even our strongest alloys. The great thing about that play is that every Superbowl party across the nation experienced it the same way.

Party goer 1: So, that “Who” halftime show was really terrible.

Party goer 2: Seriously, didn’t those guys retire like 30 years ago? What the hell are they doing playing the Superbowl?

Party goer 1: I dunno, I heard that Pete Towns HOLY SHIT ONSIDE KICK!

Some food item or drink is spilled as everyone else turns back to the TV. Once the Saints recover everyone cheers (except in Indiana households) then the phones come out and a round of furious texting begins.

Anyway, he deserves a ton of credit for the Saints’ success. If I owned a team, I’d want Sean Payton coaching it.

The Saints’ “Wheelbarrow Guy”: Here is someone who really doesn’t get enough credit, but without him Sean Payton and the Saints’ could have never accomplished what they did. He was there at every training camp, every practice, every team meeting, and every game moving around the wheelbarrow that Sean Payton rests his massive balls in. Without him, Sean Payton wouldn’t have been able to get out of the door in the morning’s and the Saints would have continued to be the Ain’ts.

TV Ratings: The Superbowl last night was the highest rated TV program of all time, with an average of 106.5 million viewers. This broke the record that the hallowed “MASH” finale held since 1983 (average of 106 million viewers for that one). I’m impressed by the ratings for last night, and I’m happy that the Saints  were able to get the greatest national exposure anyone has ever gotten, but I’m still way more impressed by the “MASH” ratings. Think about it, it was 1983. Think about how many less TV’s people had, or just how many less people there were in general, all in all it’s pretty damn impressive.

New Orleans: I can’t remember a Superbowl where more people were cheering for one team, and not because of the team itself, but in solidarity with the city. It was really great to see that city have something good happen to it after so, so much bad. Congratulations New Orleans, you are Super Bowl Champions.


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