Sunday, May 02, 2010

The Post Mortem: Irvin Lays Down the Law

The Cowboys do not retire jersey numbers. Some numbers, of course, are taken out of circulation. So do not expect to see many Cowboys players wearing No. 12, No. 8, No. 22, etc.

One honored number that’s in use is No. 88 — first made famous by WR Drew Pearson. That number has been worn proudly (by Michael Irvin) and not so proudly (by Antonio Bryant). Now it has been bequeathed to rookie WR Dez Bryant. And Irvin met with Bryant to make sure he realized the enormous responsibility of wearing No. 88 (via the Dallas Morning News).

“The responsibility of wearing Drew Pearson’s number,” Irvin said. “A lot of people have worn that Cowboys helmet before him and the honor it is to wear a Cowboys uniform. He plays for everybody that has played before him and for everybody that is going to play after him.

“I just wanted to give him a sense of the enormity of it all. And I think he understands that. And he remains humble, and that’s a good sign.”

Wow, it’s surprising there was no coronation ceremony with flowing robes, chrism and pointy hats to make this thing official. Of course, that might have been excessive.

FORMER LIONS QB Joey Harrington once told me that the best advice he ever received in football came from Barry Sanders who said, prior to his first rookie minicamp, “Find a good place to get doughnuts.”

Such is life for NFL rookies. Along with huge signing bonuses (for some), comes some humbling in the form errands, fight-song singing and other activities normally reserved for the kids pledging Delta House. Say, who is up for a road trip?

New Panthers QB Jimmy Clausen was given a grocery list by new teammate WR Steve Smith who asked the rookie to bring him some Cactus Cooler, according to the Charlotte Observer. Cactus Cooler is an orange and pineapple flavored soda (it is delicious) is only available in California and Arizona, making it necessary for Clausen to bring it with him on the plane.

Clausen should be lucky that Smith did not request a double-double from In-n-Out Burger.

JAGUARS LB Kirk Morrison told the Florida Times-Union that he’s looking for that winning feeling with his new team, saying it was tough playing for the Raiders. “Being on a losing football team after a while, people say it doesn’t get to you, but at times it does,” Morrison said Saturday. The Jaguars have won 14 games the past two seasons and haven’t reached the playoffs since 2007. But again, compared to the Raiders, the Jaguars are the 1960s Packers.

THEY SAY that you never get a second chance to make a first impression. Well for Jets rookie RB Joe McKnight, the second impression was just as bad as the first.

McKnight spent most of Saturday dropping passes, or taking a knee with a towel wrapped around his neck, one day after the rookie from Southern California puked on the field.

Yeah, you didn't just throw up in front of coach Rex Ryan, Joe. You threw up on coach Ryan.

“He’s fighting through it,” Ryan said. “It’s funny. Every time I look around, he’s got a wet towel around his neck… then he’s making one mistake after another. Then you put the ball in his hands – and he’s pretty good.

“I don’t know exactly what it is, but he’s fighting through it. Sometimes it takes a player a little longer to play like a Jet. Maybe the tempo’s different (from college). I don’t know.”

Of course, Ryan was quick to point out that there was a near panic when Shonn Greene struggled at rookie camp last season.

“Just go back to last year,” Ryan said. “Remember when you guys were telling me, ‘Shonn looks terrible.’ I’m like, ‘No, just play the deflection.’ Remember he couldn’t catch anything. Shonn Greene pulls up in the first special teams part of practice and I think he ended up working out really well. I don’t think we need to overreact with this.

“He still does some great things out there. I don’t know if it’s so much his physical conditioning. It may be a bug. The thing I appreciate about him is he is trying to fight through it, albeit on a knee most of the time (laughter), but he’s fighting through it.”

Well the New York media is known to give players ample time to work through their problems, so McKnight should be fine.


Go Lakers. Quit toying with me.


R.J. In The 619 said...

That cracks me up about Morrison. Not only do I expect the Jags to do the Electric Slide down the standings but the next time he wraps up a runner will be his first time since 2008.

Seitz said...

You mention In-N-Out and Cactus Cooler in the same post. Their unavailability is the worst thing about living in Chicago.

Then again, you can't get Bell's beer in California, and now that we can get stuff from Stone Brewing, we're catching up.

The Hatriot said...

But what about the responsiblity of wearing Irvin's number? Do young players feel the need to kidnap and torture hookers in order to live up the Plowboy legacy? Or is merely being a degenerate basehead and undergoing a phony religious conversion enough?

Bain said...

So who's wearing Lance Rentzel's number these days?

I just hope he understands that a lot of people have worn that trench coat with the cut-off pant legs before him, and the honor it is to fill the pockets with Dum Dums and head to the nearest G-movie matinee.

Diane said...

What about Golden Richard's Number 83? He was a tween girl's fantasy . . .

Bain said...

You know, there just aren't many places on the intertubes where you can find the phrase "tween girl fantasy" and "Lance Rentzel" in the same comment section.

Heh. My word is "rimfec."

THN said...

That's why I love this comment section. Well done, guys and young lady.


Good Article. The bottom line is this: Good teams win in the playoffs and the weak get eliminated. This is why Dallas wont win any time soon. To all my homies in L.A get ready for the parade.

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