Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Why We Look the Otherway

I clipped this one for a couple reasons. First, I think that's a really cool picture below. And B, I enjoy Chuck's writing since reading Fargo Rock City.

The article is going to be in ESPN Magazine so it's lengthy but a good read. Give it a click and check it out.

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Where's The Rage?

Shawn Merriman
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This article appears in the March 26 issue of ESPN The Magazine

Shawne Merriman weighs 272 pounds.

This is six pounds less than Anthony Muñoz, probably the most dominating left tackle of all time. Shawne Merriman also runs the 40-yard dash in 4.61 seconds. When Jerry Rice attended the NFL draft combine in 1985, he reportedly ran a 4.60; Rice would go on to gain more than 23,000 all-purpose yards while scoring 207 career touchdowns.

You do not need Mel Kiper's hard drive to deduce what these numbers mean: As an outside linebacker, Shawne Merriman is almost as big as the best offensive tackle who ever played and almost as fast as the best wide receiver who ever played. He is a rhinoceros who moves like a deer.
Common sense suggests this combination should not be possible. It isn't.

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