Oct 20

Those of us that have played or participated in anything competitive know that when all else failed and everyone else bailed there was one person who saw things through to the end: mom. When we were outmatched or outplayed, mom (sometimes embarrassingly) watched on. Maybe it was because she was our ride home (child endangerment charges could be a bitch, I’d guess) or just figured “Hell, I’m here now. No need leaving early.” Either way, she stayed.

I remember one year playing on a team that just scoring was victory for us. We were a pathetic cluster of boys imitating a football team at times. During those games, I’d look to the stands hoping that she had been looking away and not seen the last few minutes. Hell, I felt bad for her. But never did I think I’d look up and she’d be walking out or she’d be gone.

Poor Donovan McNabb…

Just when we thought things couldn’t get any lower for D-Nabb, they did. Much maligned for his career for everything from being soft and a “company guy” to not knowing the rules of the game he plays to literally not having the guts to perform during the biggest games, many debated what his jettison from Philly to division-rival Washington and then on to Minnesota meant. Was he washed up as a player, or was he just not a fit with the coaches’ styles?

Personally, I still thought he was better than what a number of teams trotted out under center, but he didn’t seem like he had teammates really wow’d either. That was on full display Sunday on national TV in Chicago — McNabb’s hometown. On the one hand, he was 19-24 for 177. On the other hand, he was sacked 5 times, regularly harassed, and the offense  (and McNabb himself) looked sluggish at best. Oh yeah, they were getting mopped by the Bears. And as many (I’m sure) were wondering when, and if, the Vikes would make the move to at least get 1st-round pick Christian Ponder some playing time, embarrassment reared it’s head once again.

Thanks to NBC’s camera crews, a seminational crowd got to see that not even Momma McNabb could stomach watching that performance anymore. While I’m sure the 1-5 record is bad enough, this adds a brand new low to the last days of McNabb. As it stands now, barring some great turnaround, McNabb will finish his third season in three years in three cities benched in favor of a backup. (At the running of this post, McNabb had in fact been benched in favor of Ponder.) Might be time to start seriously thinking about life off the gridiron.

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