The Double Standard Continues

Nice to have you back at the Corner Store my people. This topic seems to be becoming a broken record in the world of sports.

I was listening to The Triple Threat, a sports talk radio show on Houston’s 610 am,triple-threat

and the Houston Chronicle’s long time writer John McClain was being asked about former NFL wide receiver Terrell Owens being left off of the 1st ballot Hall of Fame inductee list for 2016.


McClain is one of the voters and he was unapologetic about why he felt Owens should have been left off of the ballot.  He acknowledged the fact that T.O., as Owens has been dubbed, has the stats that will eventually get him into Canton, but he brought up the fact that Owens was let go by several teams because he just wasn’t a good teammate.

T O had several altercations with teammates that went public and that’s what caused him to be branded a locker room cancer. It seems as though the sports writers used this fact as the main reason to let Owens sit this year out.

Terrell Owens

NFL Wide Receiver Terrell Owens talks to reporters after a practice session at Calabasas High School in Calabasas, Calif. on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2011. (AP Photo/Jonathan Moore)

McClain sat up on his high horse that sat upon a soap box and passed all kinds of judgement on Terrell and said adamantly that just because Owens had the numbers that he shouldn’t be an automatic first ballot guy.  He even tried to downplay Owens accomplishments by saying that the game is designed to give WRs big numbers, especially this generations receivers.

No matter how much Sean Pendergast and Ted Johnson pointed out that Owens was top 6 in one major stat category and top 3 in two others that didn’t deter “the general” from putting Terrell in his place.  McClain felt that Colts great Marvin Harrison was more deserving of the induction even though his career numbers don’t stack higher than TO’s for the most part. And furthermore Harrison played the majority of his career catching accurate and well timed wobbly passes from a prime Peyton Manning.


So as good as he was he should have mind blowing numbers. Owens played with Jeff Garcia, Donovan McNabb, and Tony Romo for the better part of his career.

The part that really made my face frown up was when McClain was asked about Brett Favre being a 1st ballot HOF inductee he(McClain) didn’t hesitate to acknowledge that it took the voters an extremely short amount of time to vote in the affirmative.

Brett Favre

Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre drops back to pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers Sunday, Sept. 18, 2007, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Don’t get me wrong, Favre is a well deserving inductee because of what he accommoplished on the field. He retired with Multiple MVPs, a Superbowl, and leading the alltime list in several categories.  Peyton Manning has surpassed him in the yardage and touchdown categories. Favre was football’s ironman. Speaking of ironmen, as a side note, Owens played in a Superbowl with a broken leg. And he had a good game.

The problem I have is that McClain just seems to completely ignore Favre’s off the field short comings.  He holds judgement on the Mississippi native.  He doesn’t bring up how Favre was considered a surly teammate in the late stage of his Packers tenure. He doesn’t bring up the sexting incident. Favre’s addiction never came up. His honory refusal to groom Aaron Rogers wasn’t mentioned. How he held his team hostage while he contemplated retirement year after year wasn’t a point of contention.

Favre ranks 2nd behind Manning in the aforementioned categories, and he played in the same era as Owens, but the rules don’t apply to him when it comes to passing/receiving numbers being inflated in today’s era that is “designed” to make those numbers blow up.

The QB should be judged by the same standards as the WR in that sense. A WR can’t rack up passing yardage without a QB throwing it to them, unless it’s a designed flee flicker or wild cat play. A QB can’t pad his passing stats without someone with the skills to catch the pass.

So McClain’s justification makes absolutely no objectionable sense.  It just seems personal to me. Two of the best to ever do it at their respective positions, two with questionable non football related reputations, but one is no doubt a 1st ballot HOFer and the other will get in, but has to wait until the sports writers feel like he’s served his sentence.

Furthermore, I’d love to hire a private detective to investigate the saintly sports writers that are the standard bearers of morality for the NFL HOF. Let’s see what skeletons they have hanging up in their closets.

They sensationalized T O’s antics so that they could sell a story.  He kept them relevant. They couldn’t wait to shove a mic in his face and ask him about his and his QBs relationship. Looking for a sound bite so that they could rush back to the editor with the scoop. Now they want to punish him for what they provoked. True Owens played a major role in his own soiled reputation, but his media member collaborators denied him like Peter did a certain biblical character when it came time to place blame at the moment of truth. Oh the hypocrisy.

T O will get in, so I ain’t trippin’ on that. I just can’t let the weak explanation by an influential veteran reporter go unchecked.


How Johnny F-Up Football May Have F’d Over The Texans

What it is world? Welcome to the Corner Store and thanks for taking the time to chill with your boy 12. 

This time of year there are usually two NFL quarterbacks that are the talk of the sports world.  It’s Superbowl Sunday, which is nearly a national holiday in the US, and the storylines of Cam Newton and Peyton Manning are swirling around the virtual world.

Cam is the new blood evolving the position into something his counterpart, Manning, could only imagine would exist in a futuristic video game.  Yet the only stories that seem to come up about Newton is an age old one; he’s black and he’s a successful quarterback.

Manning, on the other hand, is the prototypical\quintessential field general.   He’s the standard that most QBs, including Caaaaaammmm I’m sure, aspired to measure up to in terms of productivity. 

But…. There’s a third QB in the news that didn’t even sniff the post season.  As a matter of fact he’s not even in the news for football related reasons.  The only reason that Johnny Manziel and the sport of football are being mentioned together right now is  because his team, the Cleveland Browns, and his agents don’t seem to want anything to do with him.

This young, one time dynamic, playmaker is on a path to professional purgatory.   His name is constantly linked to domestic altercations and  over indulgence.  I don’t want to dwell too much on his personal problems and alleged addictions because his story is being sensationalized by sports media outlets and bloggers entirely too much. 

So I’ll get to my point about how Johnny is F’ing up  the Texan’s franchise QB hopes.  I was looking at a mock draft by Daniel Jeremiah and noticed that Cleveland was picking in the top five of this year’s NFL draft.  I saw this before but glanced over it  because I didn’t think that Cleveland was a threat to take one of the few coveted QBs that were coming out of college. 

Everyone knows that the Texans need to draft a young man that can snatch the face of the franchise label from JJ Watt.  Not because JJ has a bad face, but because the QB that consistently leads a team on a deep playoff is usually the face of the franchise. 

There are not many top flight options in this year’s draft.  We are aware that it’s not an exact science because Jamarcus Russell and Ryan Leaf showed us the light.  Russell Wilson and Tom Brady unveiled the other side of that coin.  Newly elected Hall of Famer Brett Favre was drafted in the second round.  So there’s no guarantee that a first round investment in a QB will net the Texans a Lombardi trophy.


Aug 18, 2014; Landover, MD, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) prepares to throw the ball during warmups prior to the Browns’ game against the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports ORG XMIT: USATSI-180638 ORIG FILE ID: 20140817_ajw_sb4_329.JPG

Looking at this mock draft and taking into consideration the likelihood that Johnny won’t be on the roster next season it’s evident that the Browns will take a QB in the first round.  

It’s also been reported that the Dallas Cowboys, that was recently considered the most likely landing spot for JFF, is no longer interested in Manziel mania.  I felt backing up Romo would’ve been the perfect fit for Johnny. His style of play is very similar to the Cowboy’s starter.  He could learn from a  solid vet and play for an owner that wanted him there when he left Texas A&M.

Now the Cowboys are in the mix to groom a top rated QB to replace the oft injured Dallas signal caller.  The dominoes are falling in the NFL landscape.

 Johnny’s antics have caused two more teams that pick ahead of the Texans to strongly consider drafting a QB. That makes the pool that much more shallow. Hopefully there’s a quality player at pick twenty two which is the Texan’s slotted position.