Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Is the Machine Shutting Down?

Long-time readers of this space likely have a hard time explaining the fascination with the Kurt Warner Machine. I even have a hard time wrapping my head around it some times, too.

The Hater Nation has gone out of its way to lampoon the overtly religious, the whipped husband with the overbearing wife, and anybody ever connected with one of the most despised franchises of all-time -- the St. Louis FC.

Yet I cannot think of a player who I have liked more in the NFL than Kurt Warner, outside of Pat Tillman. And even then, we are talking about a couple of opposite personalities.

So as a copout, I offer no explanation. The heart feels what it feels.

Maybe it was his rags-to-riches story. I mean, it seems to syrupy to even be a movie. At least not a credible one. His religious views never seemed to bother me, either, because he seemed like a man of conviction. Somebody who actually believed what he was saying. Not somebody for whom religion was a convenience, like Cris Carter.

Maybe I just really enjoyed watching him play. There is no understatement to what Warner has meant to the NFL. Two of the league's most dreadful franchises were nothing before him. St. Louis FC already has taken its rightful place in the league's cellar since his departure. The Cardinals will likely be making reservations soon. A move that will be hastened if Matt Leinart indeed takes over as the team's quarterback.

There is no real way to explain the fascination, but I do know that I will miss him if he does retire on Friday.

5 comments:

The Hatriot said...

Bain,
Any way you could post a link to Warner doing his short bus version of Pat Robertson? I would call his belief system childish, but that would be an insult to my own child whose faith is infinitely more complex and compassionate than this idiot's jock theology. Maybe he and Tebow can have thier version of the council of Trent wherein they debate why the Lord hates women's private parts. Seriously though, thanks for tanking against the Pats, Kurt. That 5 to 1 moneyline paid for my whole Vegas trip! (USA! USA! USA!)

Bain said...

Here ya go, Hatriot.

Judging by Kurt's drawing, the Big Guy is sort of a cross between Rob Zombie and Zaphod Beeblebrox.

Diane said...

The KWM doesn't believe in evolution, but he draws God to look a bit like the missing link?

The blue shirt with the turned back red cuffs that Warner was sporting was a nice sartorial touch, though.

Fletch said...

I'm sad for you, Adam. Who will you champion next?

What do you suppose the ceiling is for a Leinart-led Cards team? I say 8-8.

buckyor said...

With the KWM's retirement, will there be a roast in the near future?

BTW, my verification word is "quene," which in my old neighborhood is what they call someone who should have retired several years ago, but refuses to do so out of spite.