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Nothing Wrong with Reggie Bush or Maurice Jones-Drew’s Comments

Reggie Bush Maurice Jones-DrewBoth Reggie Bush and Maurice Jones-Drew are taking some heat for comments they made this week. Funny, aren’t the two always grouped together? Anyway, Bush responded to a question on The Monty Show on Sporting News Radio as to whether or not the 6-0 Saints could go undefeated. His answer was what you would expect: “Yes. I do think we have the players, we have the chemistry, we have the heart and dedication, we have the coaching staff, we have the players.” Not that anyone outside of the ’72 Dolphins and sorta the ’07 Patriots have a clue what it takes, but what’s wrong with Reggie’s comments? Why shouldn’t he have confidence in his team and expect them to win all their games?

On a related note, Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew was asked who he thought the best team in the league was. His answer was exactly what I would expect: “I think the Jaguars are. We have a lot of young guys who are starting to get their feet under them. You guys expect me to say anybody else? That’s a very honest answer. I’m a fan of the Jaguars. I’m one of those fans, regardless of what the team does, I still love them. Each week, I think they’re going to be awesome.” Players should take pride and have confidence in their team. Why shouldn’t they believe in themselves and their teammates? I don’t see anything wrong with either player’s answer. In fact, if they’d answered with anything other than “no comment,” I’d probably have been disappointed.

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Reggie Bush Would Own in the Long Jump

The Saints/Dolphins game on Sunday was high scoring and extremely entertaining. First the Dolphins jumped in front 24-3 midway through the second quarter and they appeared poised to pull a big upset. Drew Brees was intercepted twice and Ricky Williams had busted out with two touchdown runs; the game seemed to be following Miami’s blueprint for a win. Things began to change right before halftime when Drew Brees sneaked in a touchdown while everyone was expecting him to spike it and that made it a manageable 24-10 game. Things went back and forth in the 3rd quarter but the Saints took over in the 4th quarter, outscoring Miami 22-0 to win it 46-34. The highlight was this Reggie Bush touchdown run off a double reverse where he leaped for the end zone from the 6. Watch Reggie Bush go airborne on this crazy leaping touchdown:

This isn’t the first time Bush has been featured for some of his awesome highlights on the field. It’s not too surprising considering the guy runs at near Usain Bolt speeds. Bush may take heat for his inability to run between the tackles but he sure is awesome when you get him in open space.

Speedometer Says Reggie Bush Runs at Near Usain Bolt Speeds

We knew Reggie Bush was fast, especially after seeing his two game-breaking punt returns for touchdowns on Monday night against the Saints. If you were watching the game you may have noticed that they were clocking Bush’s speed on a speedometer (at least I saw that part on the highlights). Now I knew that Bush was certainly moving on his punt returns, but I had no idea he was going as fast as he was. Check it:

If you don’t think 22 mph sounds that fast, consider this: Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt averaged 23.07 mph over 100 meters when he took the gold medal with his blistering 9.69-second performance in the Olympics. That’s according to EliteFeet.com, which also translated the times of star runners Maurice Greene (21.0 mph in the indoor 60 meters), Michael Johnson (20.71 in the 400) and Florence Griffith Joyner (21.32 in the 100), among others.

A few caveats here: Bush’s 22 mph was recorded at his peak while Bolt’s 23.07 mph was his average speed, including the final 25m where he coasted. Still, given that Bush is avoiding defenders and running with pads, I’d say that’s pretty darn impressive. I’d love to see them clock Randy Moss, Darren Sproles, and some of the other burners in the league because there’s no doubt these are some of the finest athletes on the planet.

Video: Reggie Bush Electrifying Punt Returns vs. Vikings, Gets Great Blocking

If there were any questions as to whether or not Reggie Bush would be able to do what he showed at USC in the pros, they certainly were answered on Monday night. Returning one kick or punt for a touchdown in a game is a big deal. But two? That’s pretty nuts. That’s Deion Sanders/Devin Hester material right there. The first punt return for a TD was awesome because of the excellent blocking Bush received on the play. Check out Jo-Lonn Dunbar lay out Erin Henderson to spring Bush, not to mention another domino fall almost simultaneously:

If I’m not mistaken, Henderson’s feet actually became higher than his head after that hit. I assume that’s what they mean when they say “decleated.” That was the first of Bush’s outstanding returns. Here is his other TD as well:

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Fred Taylor Is Sick of Reggie Bush

No, this isn’t some elaborate quote of Fred Taylor running his mouth because the Jags are facing the Saints this week. It’s something small, that probably went unnoticed by most. In the latest issue of Sports Illustrated, Fred Taylor was one of the four athletes quizzed in the “Pop Culture Grid.” One of the topics was “Most annoying TV commercial.” Fred didn’t pick on an AFLAC or Dr. Scholls commercial like some of the other players. Oh no. Instead, Fred got creative. His response:

I am tired of seeing Reggie Bush.

Pretty harsh words, if you ask me. Fred clearly is a man who keeps score of commercials and endorsements. He’s had a wonderful NFL career, and judging by his lack of Pro Bowl appearances, he’s flown under the radar for most fans and pundits. It obviously stings him to see an inferior player who’s done nothing of note in the league getting all kinds of attention. Funny enough, it looks like Fred isn’t the only person getting sick of Reggie Bush, who is no longer the golden child of the NFL.

Morning Paper: Bush and Kardashian Locked Lips

Reggie Bush and Kim Kardashian kissing in Beverly Hills [YBF]

Might Pacman install a stripper pole at his house? [With Leather]

Your least-deserving All-Stars ever, aka Dmitri Young list [Mr. Irrelevant]

NBA cheerleader tryouts, with pictures [Our Book of Scrap]

Hayden Panattiere sings, looks hot doing anything [Just Jared]

Baseball in China has a long way to go [The Feed]

PGA coming strong with Fedex Cup commercials [You Been Blinded]

Sumo wrestling now an endangered sport, oh no! [We are the Postmen]

Christina Aguilera and Nicole Richie are not sumo wrestlers, but both are officially pregnant [IDLYITW]

Dominic Rhodes, another upstanding NFL citizen [Signal to Noise]

A winner for the fantasy football contest [Kissing Suzy Kolber]

Reggie Bush and Kim Kardashian

Reggie Bush appears to be making bigger plays off the field than on it. The former USC running back has been spotted with TV personality Kim Kardashian recently.

That’s probably as good a score off the field as any on the field for Bush. I have to say I am impressed. So besides posting this to keep you up-to-date on the latest athlete-celebrity gossip (and I use the term “celebrity” loosely when talking about Kardashian), I am resetting the fact that Kim Kardashian appeared starred in a sex tape. And that’s pretty much the only reason she’s relevant.

Still, we can’t really say anything bad about Reggie here — it’s a nice pull.