Lamar Jackson For President! (or at least MVP)

 

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Lamar Jackson is the Baltimore Raven’s star quarterback and he’s destined for greatness. He should win the 2019 NFL MVP Award, and much more.

Lamar Jackson is the hottest thing since the iPhone 11; and LJ is hotter.  Last night on Monday Night Football, Jackson was the first quarterback to throw five, count ‘em – FIVE TD passes in his MNF debut, and he didn’t even play the entire game. What’s next for this MVP front runner?  The Super Bowl? The White House?  World Leader?

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Lamar Jackson is a rare talent indeed. Let’s all hope that he’s stays healthy and injury free as he makes a run for 1600 PA Ave, err, I mean NFL MVP.

For those who don’t know him or haven’t seen him play yet (like me!- no I did NOT see the game last night. I was too busy watching the Sixers blow a late game lead and lose to the Toronto Raptors. Seriously?)

Anyway, for those who don’t know who Lamar Jackson is, here’s the skinny on him:

“Lamar Demeatrice Jackson Jr. is an American football quarterback for the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League. He played college football at Louisville where Jackson won the Heisman Trophy, Maxwell Award, Walter Camp Award.” And he’s not finished collecting hardware. There’s certainly more to come. Did someone say Super Bowl?

“Jackson was selected with the 32nd overall pick by the Ravens in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft. Intended to serve as a backup in his rookie season, Jackson became the Ravens’ starting quarterback after starter Joe Flacco was injured in a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. He earned recognition during the year for his on-field success, which included helping the team clinch the AFC North division title and became the youngest starting quarterback in NFL playoff history.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lamar_Jackson  

And here’s how one reporter compared Jackson to Michael Vick:

“As somebody who saw every play of 22-year-old Michael Vick for the Atlanta Falcons up close and personal in 2002 as a columnist for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, trust me on this.

Lamar Jackson is no Michael Vick.

Jackson is better. He’s more focused, more studious, more disciplined, more incredible, more everything than Vick at 22. It’s not even close.” https://www.forbes.com/sites/terencemoore/2019/11/26/when-it-comes-to-early-stardom-in-the-nfl-lamar-jackson-is-no-michael-vick/#36bded6e4e87

A Good Loss and A Bad Win

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The Eagles defeated the LA Rams 43-35. That’s the good news. The bad news is that we lost our MVP-Candidate quarterback, Carson Wentz to a torn ACL injury.  That’s a win that’s almost not worth it. We won the NFC East but we lost our star QB.

A bad win is a win won when it is not valued or treasured. It is a win won without appreciation or full comprehension of the cost of victory. A bad win is when you win without recognizing with gratitude that it could have gone the other way.

A good loss is a loss that teaches meanings and morals and mottos and maxims. No one wants to lose, but there are times when a loss is just what the doctor ordered. We must realize that in sports and in life, all is not lost when a loss is redemptive and reformative. In actuality, after a positive loss, there can be much gain. This is the balance of life.

So take it from me and my Philly teams.  Last week the Eagles lost to the Seattle Seahawks and the Sixers lost to the LA Lakers and they were not good losses.  Both teams were listless and lethargic lacked the energy and effort needed to pull off a win. The Eagles never got off of the ground, and yet they were “in it” until the end. And the Sixers were behind by 16 at home but yet still tied the game with less than a minute to go. Both could have pulled it out and stole the game but lacked the leadership that was necessary to turn the tide and pull off come from behind wins worthy of mention. 

So let’s take careful stock of our wins, and let’s not bemoan all of our losses.  In fact, let’s be thankful for our wins and our losses. There is nothing to be gained from a bad win, and much to be learned from a good loss.

Why Philly Fans Are On The Wentz Wagon

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The Cleveland Browns TRADED their No. 2 pick in the 2016 NFL Draft to the Philadelphia Eagles, enabling the Eagles to draft Carson Wentz. THANK YOU CLEVELAND! In effect, the Browns said we don’t need some whiz kid called Carson Wentz. Ooops.  And this just in: word on the street is that the Browns fired their recruiters for this major gaff. 

As for the No. 1 Pick, the Rams, who also considered Wentz but passed on him, selected Jared Goff, allowing the Eagles to snatch Wentz. And hopefully, the rest will be history.

This week, the winless Browns will be on their third starting quarterback of this season, with rookie Cody Kessler set to follow Robert Griffin III and Josh McCown. Kessler becomes the franchise’s 26th different starter at the position since 1999. With RGII hurt (again),” an NFL truism is on its way to being reinforced: whatever the Browns think about a quarterback, believe the opposite.” So says Mark Maske of the Washington Post.

And so all of the Philly faithful owes its now promising football future to the Rams and, most importantly, to the Cleveland Browns. And don’t forget the Vikings. Yes Bradford fared well for his new team in his first game against the Packers, but I’ll take Wentz over Bradford any day.  

So why are we jumping on the Wentz Wagon?

Wentz is ahead of the curve and the pack and the field and all early expectations. If you told me that we’d be 2-0 and looking this good with a relatively unknown rookie QB a month ago, I’d‘ve told you to stop sniffing the super glue.

According to ESPN, Wentz is the fifth rookie quarterback since the merger to start and win the first two games of his team’s season, joining John Elway, Ryan Leaf, Mark Sanchez and Joe Flacco. Elway is a Hall of Famer. He and Flacco were Super Bowl MVPs. But Leaf became regarded as one of the sport’s all-time draft busts and Sanchez has not exactly been a star.

So the course of Wentz’s career has not been determined, no matter how promising the beginning has been. Yet you’d certainly rather be the Eagles, with Wentz, than the Browns, without Wentz, at this point. The Browns traded the No. 2 pick to the Eagles, apparently unconvinced of Wentz’s prospects to become an NFL franchise quarterback. Too bad. So sad.

So the next time someone passes on you and passes over you and you are picked by someone else and land somewhere else, just remember Carson Wentz. If you’re a believer and you believe in miracle finishes (and miracle starts!), just remember that God knows just how to place you and displace others so that you are situated just where you need to be to succeed and be victorious.