The Unbridled Pragmatist
smart enough to know how dumb we are

Manny & B Lloyd

I’m finally breaking down.  I’m a sports guy but I have been attempting to focus on other topics.  Today I say to hell with it, in the words of Shawn Carter “No matter where you go you are what you are player”.  I prefer a cheetah can’t change its stripes, regardless, I’m letting out some steam both locally and nationally. 

First, we have Brandon Lloyd , wide receiver for the Washington Redskins.  An overpaid, underachieving, aspiring rap star and now fodder for multiple blogs thanks to his inflammatory weekly interviews with WJFK’s The Junkies.  To borrow a phrase from Jamie Foxx, Lloyd needs to go sit down somewhere.  In two years he has slid from starting WR to 5th on the depth chart; forcing the team to bring in Keenan McCardell and Reche Caldwell.  These guys were available because there was no other team in the league that wanted them.  Lloyd loves to clamor about his ability to make big plays, yet when presented with the opportunity to make a game shifting play this past weekend in Green Bay Lloyd dropped the ball. 

Lloyd hasn’t caught a touchdown pass in two years and could barely trouble himself to prevent an interception in the opener against the Dolphins this year.  Lloyd’s recent accusations regarding Troy Aikman’s sexuality are nothing more than a malcontent looking to keep himself relevant since his play has rendered him out of the public sphere. 

Brandon, you wore out your welcome in San Fran and are doing the same here.  At least once the Skins cut you in June you will have all the time you need to work on your next album. 

The next non-story that has made national news stems from a rare locker room interview granted by Manny Ramirez.  Manny is known for his outlandish theatrics but what seems lost in the media hyperbole is that Manny is an incredible hitter, arguably the best hitter in Red Sox history (and yes I know Ted Williams played for the Sox).  His numbers in the postseason have been outstanding, not to mention he was the MVP of the Sox World Series team in 2004

Red Sox Nation is in frenzy over comments Manny made about his teams chances moving forward.  First and foremost Manny said his team is great and has a good chance of coming back, however that positive message is not getting anywhere near the exposure as this statement.  “It doesn’t happen, so who cares?  Theres always next year.”  Ramirez stated. “It’s not the end of the world.”    Someone please send a memo to the folks in Pink Hat Nation: Manny is right.  He is out there giving his team the best chance to win; he is still hitting the ball well and just took the all time postseason home run lead.  Manny wants to win, is trying to win but simply refuses to allow the possibility of losing in the Championship Series be seen as an abject failure.  Somebody please talk half of New England off the ledge, but let the foaming at the mouth sportswriters go ahead and twist in the wind.


One Response to “Manny & B Lloyd”

  1. I couldn’t agree more. For once, Manny actually demonstrated some intellectual prowess and perspective. Of course, the bored out of its mind and looking for anything to cover sports universe jumped all over it. Not to mention that Manny also said something along the lines of “it’s not like this is a war,” which clearly indicates – at least to me – that instead of spending so much time concentrating on sports, perhaps the nation should focus on another, much more important issue.

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