Hope, Thy Name is Manning


At 9/04/2005 6:51 PM, Blogger Bethlehem Shoals said...

gore's been doing his airplane thing, too.

the fact that fema stood in his way is one of the great, damning embarassments of this whole thing.

from cnn:

According to Alexis Simendinger of the National Journal, Gore organized the relief flights earlier this week, but was delayed for several days trying to get clearance from FEMA, which required a Federal Department to request special numbers for each patient transported by private conveyance. The flight consisted of two American Airlines planes, paid for by Gore himself.

At 9/04/2005 6:51 PM, Blogger Bethlehem Shoals said...

does anyone know why we've all of a sudden become so attractive to spammers?

At 9/04/2005 7:14 PM, Anonymous aug said...

Crap. I've seen this happen on other blog/forum things.

How about Deion Sanders? I like his plea for $1000 from each athlete in the nfl/nba/nhl/mlb. And his other challenge of $3000 from each nfl player. Makes me want to forget the time he drove his car off a cliff trying to kill himself. It's definitely a easy thing for athletes to contribute. I'm glad there are a lot of athletes stepping up to the plate and trying to help. It's nice to see and put old fashioned people that complain about athletes only being selfish, money hungry thugs.

I'd like to see some more NBA players making statements and challenges like deion, favre, and the mannings did. Shaq spoke out and maybe i've missed out, but i haven't heard about any other nba players doing stuff like this. I know most are donating though.

At 9/04/2005 7:24 PM, Anonymous brickowski said...

Anyone at all surprised to see that (last I saw) THE ASSOCIATION donated as much as the NFL and MLB combined ($2 mill). Yet another reason why our sport is king.

At 9/04/2005 7:30 PM, Anonymous aug said...

Too bad the season isn't going on so Tmac, jermaine oneal, bob sura and the others could do that donate money per point scored. It was fun to watch and root for them to score buckets. Mike Miller should've chipped in money per turnovers/time on the bench though. I'm glad the NBA has donated so much though. It gets the worst rap out of all the leagues when people don't realize that it's the best all around. The only league where fans know what the players actually look like and many more reasons.

At 9/04/2005 7:43 PM, Blogger SilverBird5000 said...

I was especially moved by the news that Warrick Dunn had missed his preseason game to help with the relief effort. People gripe that when athletes and celebrities volunteer it only slows down the real workers, but who of our citizens is more capable of pulling me out of the water than an NFL running back? Such men, after all, are the nearest to superhero of all among us.

At 9/04/2005 7:46 PM, Blogger Bethlehem Shoals said...

favre flying in relief


this might be the wrong time to start an argument, but i was just thinking: you expect the nfl and its players to kick in a ton of money, since so many of the players either have southern roots or went to a southern school. it's not an overstatement to say (as i did last night) that football has a special place in the south, and vice-versa.

(insert bad joke here about mlb players being especially sympathetic to anything related to a tornado and/or a tropical storm)

but am i wrong in wanting to read race into the nba's intense interest in helping out?

on a wholly unrelated note, this quote from donyell marshall (nba.com chat) is endlessly fascinating to me:

"From being in the league a long time, I've hard to guard a lot of players....Garnett, Barkley, Olajuwon, Pippen. I think the hardest was Yao Ming or Shaq."

how tall is he, 6'8"? why did he even need to think about that? does it seem normal to him that he'd have guarded that range of players? why was olajuwan easier to guard than yao? isn't this almost world-weary-"i've guarded them all, i don't even think about how odd the match-up or all-timey the player." and, most importantly, i'm sure i would have more trouble guarding shaq than i would pippen. do i still get to talk about "guarding" them?

i guess i was trying to lighten the mood a little, but instead i feel like i wore a clown nose to a funeral.

At 9/04/2005 7:53 PM, Blogger Bethlehem Shoals said...

dunn complained the other day that no one talks about his on-field success, they only think of him as "that charity machine." seriously, though, he might be the most generous athlete out there, and without ever feeling the need to cultivate a "man of the year" image. i know that second part shouldn't matter, but i find it strangely heartening when guys do good things without needing to set themselves apart as a saint. he's a full-time football player who just happens to be a in position to help people.

At 9/04/2005 7:55 PM, Blogger SilverBird5000 said...

He also organized a 25K pledge from every player on the falcons. Not much to Vick maybe, but I watched Ty Detmer stretch a $100 shopping spree into a full wardrobe with change, and I can tell you he is likely not a man who parts easily with money. Kudos Dunn.

At 9/04/2005 7:59 PM, Blogger SilverBird5000 said...

or was it Koy...

At 9/04/2005 8:14 PM, Blogger Bethlehem Shoals said...

the thing about celebrities volunteering. . .i guess, under less exigent circumstances, having them around might be a distraction, make make people preoccupied with seeing them, cause crowds in the wrong places. but seriously, is anyone who just lost their home, family, city, and future prospects thinking about getting autographs or catching a peek of their favorite sitcom stars?

but in this case, i think that getting food served to you by a celebrity might make the unthinkable slightly interesting, memorable, and just a little bit more bearable. or, at very least, you get to see that even important people care about you and your situation.

it doesn't solve anything, but it could brightens someone's day a little

At 9/04/2005 8:16 PM, Anonymous aug said...

I feel bad for marshall having to guard all those centers being kinda small but he's aggressive so it works out.

Dunn does have a point, but last season was basically a career year. He's an incosistant, undersized back with limited upside and who has never really dominated. Not inconsistant as in by the season or even by game, but by carry. He's a poor man's barry sanders. But while barry's inconsistancy got you 10 yards one play and then 0 the next, dunn's isn't as good. I want to see the falcons unleash TJ Duckett. He's 250 with 3% body fat and ran a 4.4 at the combine. He's not agile but has the body for it at least.

Ty is on the falcons, Koy is still on the eagles. Why Ty still has a job, i don't know.

At 9/04/2005 8:22 PM, Blogger Bethlehem Shoals said...

i know marshall is that versatile, but it's like he doesn't even acknowledge that that's a factor. and it's weird that, while he's capable of guarding all those players, you never realize it until you see a list like that. we all know that 'yell is long, hits threes and block shots like crazy, can put it on the floor, and is liable to pull down twenty rebounds a game. but somehow it never registers until you see a list like that. and even then, only because you have no other choice.

between vick and duckett, dunn might be the only smallish, quick back whose role is has been made as specialized (and will soon be as limited) as a goalline back or running qb.


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