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Marcell Dareus Wants to Give Broncos, Panthers Hell for Passing on Him

There are few motivating tools more effective than an athlete getting snubbed in a draft. Sports history is littered with stories of the sort. Tom Brady says he’s been motivated by being passed over for five rounds in the NFL draft. Gilbert Arenas chose jersey number 0 in Golden State because that’s how many minutes people said he’s play in college, and to remind himself of what he had to overcome (he also was selected in the second round). Peyton Manning told the Colts if they passed on him in the draft he’d spend the rest of his career making sure they’d pay for the poor choice. And even though Marcell Dareus was taken at a highly-respected position — third overall in the draft — he plans to make the Panthers and Broncos pay for passing on him.

In an interview with Michael Irvin on WQAM, Dareus said he felt he should have been the top overall pick in the draft. Then he added “If I ever get a chance to play Carolina I’m going to make them pay for passing up on me. Denver I’ll get a chance to play them in the regular season (this year) and I’m going to make it hell for them every time I play against them.”

This is obviously the type of mentality you want your draft pick to have. While some guys get drafted and are in a hurry to get to the jewelry store, you have Dareus talking about giving the Broncos hell. Dareus was disruptive all season long for Alabama and the man responsible for knocking Colt McCoy out of the title game two years ago. I thought he was deserving of the top overall pick and I was surprised the Broncos passed on him.

When it comes to a defense, if you can pressure a quarterback with a rush up the middle, it gives him less time to throw, making things easier on your secondary. To me that would have been a wiser choice for Denver, but we’ll see how things play out. And if you take Dareus’ word, we already know they made the wrong pick.

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Rush Limbaugh Defends Donovan McNabb Against Bernard Hopkins Comments

Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh caused a controversy in 2003 when as an analyst, he said the media wanted to see Donovan McNabb succeed because he was black. The comment itself was an observation that cannot be deemed right or wrong because there’s no way to quantify his argument. However, I believe McNabb was portrayed well by the media because he was good, not because they wanted to see a black quarterback succeed. Now Limbaugh has amazingly come to McNabb’s defense at a time when he’s taking heat from boxer Bernard Hopkins who says McNabb is not black enough.

Here’s what Limbaugh said on his show Friday according to a transcription SB Nation Chicago found, via Pro Football Talk:

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Robert Kraft: Lockout Could Start to Really Annoy Fans

With the baseball season just starting to heat up and the NHL and NBA playoffs well underway, it’s easy to forget that we might not have football to look forward to in the fall. NFL players are currently locked out of team facilities while guys like Drew Brees are digging into their own pockets to keep their teams fresh.  If nothing else, at least the owners are acknowledging that the entire situation is starting to look bad.

Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald called our attention to some comments Patriots owner Robert Kraft made about the lockout on Sunday, in which he acknowledged that the current labor struggle is starting to make the league look bad in the eyes of the fans.

“The problem can be solved. I really believe that,” Kraft said. “We’re blessed to have one of the greatest sports businesses in the world right here in America. And one of my concerns is that we not aggravate our fan base, because they don’t really understand, and they don’t want to understand whether it’s the owners or the players (fault). They just want to have football.”

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Chad Ochocinco Bull Ride Video – He Lasted 1.5 Seconds on Deja Blu

Last week we told you that Chad Ochocinco was planning to ride bulls on the PBR during the lockout. We followed it up by telling you about the challenge proposed to him — he’d receive $10,000 for showing up for a ride, and he’d get a Ford truck if he lasted eight seconds. Well Ochocinco did show up for the event in Duluth, Georgia, but his ride only lasted 1.5 seconds. As you can see in the picture above, he narrowly missed getting stepped on too. Here’s a video of Chad Ochocinco’s bull ride aboard Deja Blu:

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Rod Graves’ Car Spotted in Arizona

Apparently the Cardinals GM’s car was driving down highway 17 in Phoenix when this shot was taken. OK, so that’s not true, but this was passed along by Cardinals reporter Kent Somers. And if what we wrote around draft time is true, it looks like the Cardinals will have a quarterback when the lockout ends, leaving this fan to update their license plate.

Bernard Hopkins Rips Donovan McNabb Again, Says He’s Not Black Enough

Bernard Hopkins has ripped on Donovan McNabb again, this time questioning his blackness. During a training session on Tuesday, Hopkins pretty much called McNabb an Uncle Tom. From the Philadelphia Daily News:

According to Hopkins, McNabb had a privileged childhood in suburban Chicago and, as a result, is not black enough or tough enough, at least compared with, say, himself, Michael Vick and Terrell Owens.

“Forget this,” Hopkins said, pointing to his own dark skin. “He’s got a suntan. That’s all.”

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“T.O. got [into] the boardroom and saw the way they talked to McNabb. Coming from where he [comes from] – that’s strange to some white people, when a black man speaks.”

That was only a small sampling of what Hopkins had to offer. At other points he suggested McNabb was a privileged black guy “who got the extra coat. The extra servings.” Hopkins went off completely on McNabb with much more criticism, and it was all unprovoked, but it should be taken lightly. In 2008, he ripped McNabb for having no heart. He called McNabb a lapdog in 2009. And then the Philadelphia native threw his support behind Michael Vick.

Where does this all come from, you ask? The hatred stems from McNabb supposedly snubbing Hopkins when the boxer attended an Eagles practice. Since then he’s had it out for Donovan.

Knowing McNabb, he’ll take the high road and avoid the controversy. As for B-Hop, it’s petty to keep ripping Donovan. Of course this isn’t the first time Hopkins has played the race card.

Jeff Fisher: Vince Young Still has Ability to Win in NFL

It’s been a long, long ride for Vince Young in the NFL, and he hasn’t fit in with Jeff Fisher most of the way. First off it was owner Bud Adams who wanted to draft Young, so the team did. Fisher, the longtime Tennessee coach, didn’t want to play him at first but Adams essentially ordered that he be played. Young lost respect when he reportedly asked out of a playoff game, and as recently as 2009 it seemed he wanted out of Tennessee. Then this past season Young was benched by Fisher in favor of Rusty Smith and supposedly was disrespectful towards Fisher in the locker room. Needless to say, the two didn’t exactly get along swimmingly while they were together in Tennessee. That’s why it was so surprising to hear Fisher praise Young in an interview with NFL Network.

“Vince has won a lot of games. He’s led teams to the playoffs before, and I believe he can [win in the NFL],” Fisher said. “It’s just a matter of him finding a place that suits him and be in the right place and working hard, but he certainly has that ability.”

Chalk this up to Fisher being nice? As many coaches have previously said, if Young can’t get along with Jeff Fisher, you’re going to have a hard time in the NFL. I agree that VY has the talent to win in the NFL but the biggest obstacle is his attitude and ability to work with coaches and teammates. He needs to mature and grow as a role model the way a proper quarterback should, but like Fisher says, he has the ability to win.

via Rotoworld