Wednesday, November 30, 2005Irvin and Dre (feat. Snoop Dogg)...
In his opinion, which is quite heavily supported in his type, it's the media (or liberal media) that has jumped on Irvin's back because he's a born-again Christian. It's certainly a fair arugment in many areas but not this one. I point to similar posts by Brian from Mgoblog [Link] who is neither liberal nor media-esque and this message board thread from Florida Varsity [Link] and I know those clowns are neither liberal nor media.
As a matter of fact it's the liberal media guys rushing to defend him (Tom Sorenson, Kevin Blackistone).
His problem is this:
For the record, I believe Irvin and it has nothing to do with his new found love for God, Jesus, etc. I believe him because he doesn't hide his past problems. He's always been up front about his problems and what he did and the hedonistic lifestyle he lived in the 80s and 90s. Christian or not I believe I can sense a fake a mile away and he seemed generally sadden that this has happened. I also hope he is trying to reform his friends and family. Yes Irvin should've trashed and destroyed the pipe, but he didn't and that was a mistake.
However, the reputation that comes with being part of the 'U' is like a scarlet letter. Because the 'U' used to be this "renegade" program that was universally hated and feared everyone assumes the worst from former Miami players...
Add that he's also a former Cowboy who was involved in that over-the-top lifestyle and you have the real root of the problem -- people don't believe that anyone can change. Michael Irvin can't change, Deion Sanders didn't change, Hollywood Henderson didn't change and Nate Newton will never change. It's easier to dismiss Irvin as a crackhead than to believe anything else.
I'm liberal, I'm a certified member of the media (complete with a Heisman vote) and I believe Irvin in spire of his past. But remember R.D., he's left us down before.
I must give a little love to Dre' Bly and to a lesser extent Jeff Garcia for defending their former coach, Steve Mariucci a day after he got fired. Bly possibly went too far with his criticism of Joey Harrington (although it needed to be said) and Garcia spelled it out perfectly.
"You start to question whether the organization has the people in place who can go about making the proper selections," Garcia told WXYT-AM, according to the paper. "You really have to question that."
Bottom line -- Matt Millen is the worst General Manager in the history of the NFL. Period.