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"Lou is not talking about mechanics when he goes out to the mound,"
~Chicago Cubs pitching coach Larry Rothschild

Monday, August 29, 2005

What a Loser!

Way to go Maurice! You are officially the biggest loser in the world right now. I don't even know what to say about this guy. Three years ago I thought he was going to be a star in the NFL. I'm pretty sure I wasn't alone on that either. Who knows? Maybe he still can produce. Maybe a team like the Eagles picks him up, gives him some carries, and he makes me look like a reactionary idiot for writing this column. But somehow I doubt it.

It's been one thing after another for this kid for two years now. Even with all the drama and a blazing 4.9 40 time in the combine, he still manages to get himself drafted on Day 1 on the draft. And by the Denver Broncos, no less. What an ideal situation. If you can't run in Denver, you can't run anywhere. Somehow, Mike Shanahan's ego got in the way, and he thought he could turn anyone into a 1,000 yard rusher. Sometimes Shanahan looks like a genius, sometimes he looks like Mike Sherman. Did he have nothing better to do with a third round draft pick than waste it on this bum? It's not as though RB was a "need" pick for the Broncos. Well, what's done is done. He took Clarett, let's see what the kid can do.

Clarett did exactly what he has done for the past two years. The stat line looks like Bill Gates' bank account. A bunch of zeroes. 0 carries for 0 yards. That's all you need to know about this kid Clarett. He is exactly what his stat line says, a big fat zero.

By the way, zero is the amount of money he earned as a pro, as well. His contract had no signing bonus. It was strictly incentive laden. NFL contracts aren't guaranteed, so if a player is released, all he recieves is the signing bonus. I know we should be applauding guys who sign contracts like this one. If they don't produce, they don't get paid. Maybe that's the way it should be. But honestly, who does that? Was Clarett represented Ricky Williams' old agency, No Limit Sports?

So Clarett is on his way out of Denver. Hopefully the Broncos will toss him a chunk of change so he can get back to Columbus. That's even if Ohio State will let him come back. Apparently, feeble attempts to bring down the university's historic athletic department are frowned upon in Ohio. Maybe another pro team will give him a shot. Or maybe he'll track down Ryan Leaf and ask him where to go from here. Whatever this loser ends up doing, I can almost be sure I'll be entertained by it.

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