I have been a member of this board for almost two years now, and I am ashamed to say that I have given tacit approval by my silence to the blatant discrimination that so frequently occurs on this site. This has to stop! Today is my first attempt to redress the paternalistic slant of certain people whose Poasts That Must Not Be Named ignore the needs of an under-served population in this community. I'll leave the brilliant minds on BTSC to figure out which under-served population that might be.
Unfortunately, I cannot redress this imbalance as fully as I would like, being as the official images that we can legally use from AP/Getty (hem, hem) are, for some unfathomable reason, almost completely devoid of cheesecake shots of our many fine-looking men. But that's okay. In the timeless words of Brother Ignacio, "beneath the clothes, we find a man... and beneath the man we find his... nucleus."
And, since I like to be inclusive, I will share some quotes and thoughts from around the league that caught my attention, after the jump:
This photo of Sean Kugler is courtesy of Adrian Rollett, reprinted from his training camp photo journal. There is a terrific article about Coach Kugler in today's Trib, here. But for those of you who are too impatient to click through, or whose time before the boss walks past again is limited, here are a couple of my favorite quotes:
[Trai Essex, speaking about Kugler:] He wants us to be physical at all times. He tells us it's OK to make mistakes, but just make sure you hit sombody while you are messing up.
[Willie Colon, also on Kugler:] it is a good feeling to know you have a coach who will go to war for you... What I admire the most is that he has a blueprint of where we should be and how we should play.
Do check out the article. Mark Kaboly's description of a line that has been patched together and constantly mended is sobering, and makes Kugler's accomplishments all the more impressive.
I love this picture of Hines Ward, a WR who is known for his selfless play and team spirit, as well as for his general hunkiness. The contrast to another WR who is currently in league news could scarcely be greater. I refer, of course, to Randy Moss, who has been discussed by many of the BTSC faithful as a possible addition to the Steelers. To those folk who are in favor of adding him to the roster, I offer the following two quotes. First, Brad Childress, who has released an official statement that Moss had been waived; he said that he felt the move was in the best interests of the team "both in the long and short term." Ouch! Ed Bouchette of the PG, when asked about Moss yesterday in his weekly chat, said, "The team that signs him will not make the playoffs. That's my prediction." I don't look to see Moss on our lineup anytime soon.
Finally, I would like to offer the following scenario for those of you who are feeling uneasy about Mike Tomlin as our head coach. Not only is he the finest-looking head coach in the NFL, but he is one of the most sensible. Contrast the way he has handled our "quarterback controversy" with the following, courtesy of the AP;
On Day 3 of the Washington Redskins' attempt to explain the benching of Donovan McNabb, the head coach's son gave it a try. He was doing a decent job - until he threw in a new wrinkle that only added to the confusion.
Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said Tuesday that McNabb was told in advance of the possibility of getting pulled from the game if coaches felt the veteran quarterback was struggling.
McNabb went on the radio and immediately claimed otherwise, saying: "I didn't hear that part."
And, by the way, this just happened to be the day the Redskins decided to bring in JaMarcus Russell for a workout. The former Oakland Raiders quarterback was one of many out-of-work players getting a look from the coaching staff.
The best news for the Redskins was everyone then skedaddled out of town for an off week vacation. The five-day break is exactly what's needed to settle things down after a dizzying 72 hours of quarterback drama that began when McNabb was pulled in the final 2 minutes of Sunday's 37-25 loss to the Detroit Lions.
You can get a fuller version of the story here - "Shanahan's Next Excuse: Dog Ate McNabb's Playbook."
That's all for today, folks. Suggestions for future posts, particularly from our underserved community, would be very welcome. Have a wonderful Wednesday!