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ChiefsCountry
12-04-2004, 03:39 PM
Here is Fatlock article we here at the Planet have been predicting

http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=whitlock/041203

Don't Judge George too Quickly

By Jason Whitlock
Special to Page 2

Please, I'm begging. Could my respected and talented colleagues in the media lay off Jeff George this time?

Let him re-enter the NFL without being the butt of merciless pre-game television jokes, without suffering through a rash of newspaper columns questioning both his character and the sanity of the Chicago Bears' management.

Whenever George joins a new team, the media is all over him.
Is that too much to ask?

I'm not asking this for Jeff's benefit. He's a grown man and realizes he made this bed with the media. He's willing to suffer the consequences of his previous mistakes. He isn't looking for any mercy.

Instead, I'm the guy looking for mercy. I'm the guy who has been the leader of the Jeff George Fan Club since the late 1970s, when we were both little kids living on the east side of Indianapolis, cheering on Jeff's older brother, Dave, the best quarterback ever to wear a Warren Central High School jersey. Longtime readers of this column know that Jeff and I, inspired by his brother's high school career, later led Warren Central to the 1984 Indiana big-school state championship.

Jeff went on to become a star at the University of Illinois, the No. 1 pick in the 1990 NFL draft, the league's rookie of the year and a guy perceived by many as a watered-down, early version of Ron Artest.

Through it all, I've remained the leader of the Fan Club. I've been the No. 1 fan of his six different NFL ballclubs; and this weekend, when George takes the field for the Bears, I'll add a seventh team to my all-time favorites list. Over the years, I've spent countless hours explaining to people that George is misunderstood, and is just the right system away from leading a team to the Super Bowl.

I'm worn out now, but I still plan to build my Sunday afternoons around watching George's games. I've already looked at Chicago's schedule and figured out a way for George to dig the Bears out of their 4-7 hole and into the playoffs. I have a fantasy about the Bears advancing to the Super Bowl and George giving me exclusive interviews the whole week we're in Jacksonville.

I'm still fired up. But I don't want to do any more explaining. I want to hop on the Internet, read the Chicago newspapers and not be hit with an avalanche of negative stories about George. I want to watch the pre-game shows without having to sit through unnecessary jokes about him.

I just want to enjoy the games. So please, guys, lay off Jeff George. For me.

Seriously, Jay Mariotti, I know you've already written one column in the Chicago Sun-Times blasting George, as well as Chicago head coach Lovie Smith for bringing him back to the league. C'mon, Jay, I know you can find tougher targets. Besides, beating up on George can't be any fun for you. It's too easy for a guy with your writing talent.

Chicago fans are hoping George has something left in that arm.
You, too, Jon Saraceno. Please don't pile on. Last year, when you visited George and his family in Indianapolis and then wrote a column in USA Today that belittled him, it nearly killed me. Jon, I love your work. You're a great guy. Please, no matter what happens with George, don't write anything negative. If things don't work out for him in Chicago, don't write an I-told-you-so column. We already know what you told us.

Terry Bradshaw, dude, you remember what it was like in your early years in Pittsburgh when everyone questioned your intelligence and unfairly criticized you. Man, I love watching you on Fox. You're the best. But cut Jeff some slack. You've been a consistent George-basher, and it's beneath you, Terry. You're a Hall of Famer, an ambassador for the game. J.B., maybe you can talk to Terry. Tell him that I'm a nice guy and don't deserve the George-bashing.

Shannon Sharpe, your entire rookie season on CBS might very well be judged by how you handle the George situation. Deion Sanders, the man you replaced, was a Jeff George supporter. Deion's commentary would've been the one safe haven to which I could've turned.

Don't let me down, Shannon. It isn't too late, even if I already saw your tongue-in-cheek remarks on NFL.com about wanting to come out of retirement as a QB because George is back in the league.

I don't even have to address the guys on ESPN's "NFL Countdown" and "Primetime." Chris Berman, Tom Jackson and Steve Young have far too much class and are much too professional to criticize George. Berman, Jackson and Young are the gold standard in television sports broadcasting.

OK, if all of this sucking up doesn't work, guys, maybe this will: We Jeff George supporters have been humbled enough. Our leader summed up our sentiments in a comment he made to a Sun-Times reporter:

"Hey, I'm humbled by this whole situation, and I'm not too proud to say I'm a third-string guy who has to work his way up and show I deserve to be in this league."

Does anything else need to be said?

Sure-Oz
12-04-2004, 03:40 PM
I also heard Bam Morris may try to enter back in the NFL in the 2005 season. Supposedly he is drug free, and in the best shape of his life mentally and physically. He is 32, and Bill Cowher hopes he gets another shot.

David.
12-04-2004, 03:44 PM
Bam is the man

2bikemike
12-04-2004, 03:46 PM
Wow what took Whitless so long?

tk13
12-04-2004, 03:47 PM
Whitlock is right though, this is going to a real love/hate thing. If it doesn't work everybody's going to bash him into oblivion, if he gets that team in the playoffs or close to it, everybody will be riding his jock.

wazu
12-04-2004, 03:49 PM
I also heard Bam Morris may try to enter back in the NFL in the 2005 season. Supposedly he is drug free, and in the best shape of his life mentally and physically.

Just like last time.

Count Alex's Wins
12-04-2004, 03:54 PM
So is George starting? I will totally watch that game.

Bob Dole
12-04-2004, 03:56 PM
So is George starting? I will totally watch that game.

Hutchinson is supposed to get the start.

tk13
12-04-2004, 03:57 PM
So is George starting? I will totally watch that game.
I think Chad Hutchinson is supposed to start... I don't know if they have any plans to use George or not. They could always just put him in and tell the WR's to run as far as they can and let George gun it down to them....

Deberg_1990
12-04-2004, 10:33 PM
I think Chad Hutchinson is supposed to start... I don't know if they have any plans to use George or not. They could always just put him in and tell the WR's to run as far as they can and let George gun it down to them....


If Hutchinson is starting, that means that we should see George show up in about the 2nd or 3rd qaurter then......Yes, George has been unfairly blackballed by the NFL. He always and im sure still has a golden arm. His problem has always been his dumb mistakes at inoppurtune moments in games. A fumble here, a bad handoff there, and dumb interception at the wrong time...etc....etc.......Funny how Whitlock never mentions that stuff???

RedandGold
12-04-2004, 10:55 PM
In George's defense, I have a difficult time believing that he could do any worse than the parade of scrubs that Chicago has fielded under center thusfar this season.

Personally, I'm surprised that Mike Martz didn't bring him in as a backup in St. Louis.

Straight, No Chaser
12-04-2004, 11:47 PM
Wow what took Whitless so long?

If you played with a guy in highschool, you too would be on the wagon. Hey, Whitlock has gotten serious milage out of George... at least he's not shy about it.


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Cochise
12-05-2004, 12:43 AM
There is no way he could be any more brutal at QB than Quinn or Krenzel were.

Logical
12-05-2004, 01:14 AM
Well clearly it is a slow sports week for Whitlock, that is not going to sell any papers. That is really a pretty boring article.

Spicy McHaggis
12-05-2004, 02:27 AM
Jason you're not going to catch any slack nor should you. If a person supports a loser they are going to catch flak for it. Just in the same way that fans of the Cubbies and until recently The Red Sox were constantly the end of jokes you too are doomed to this fate. Support a sane choice and people will stop making fun of you. Really. It is that simple.

Cochise
12-05-2004, 02:51 AM
Jason you're not going to catch any slack nor should you. If a person supports a loser they are going to catch flak for it. Just in the same way that fans of the Cubbies and until recently The Red Sox were constantly the end of jokes you too are doomed to this fate. Support a sane choice and people will stop making fun of you. Really. It is that simple.

It doesn't matter if people are lauding him or making fun, as long as they are talking about him he's meeting his goals.

Valiant
12-05-2004, 03:50 AM
I want george to fail ten times more now.. Whitlock is a double-standard sniveling pussy with that article... He would rip into anyone else for someone else writing an article like that about a different player.. It amazes me how much he wants it to be his way ALL the time..

patteeu
12-05-2004, 01:09 PM
Whitlock is right though, this is going to a real love/hate thing. If it doesn't work everybody's going to bash him into oblivion, if he gets that team in the playoffs or close to it, everybody will be riding his jock.

Just for the record, I've been "riding his jock" all along now behind Whitlock, George's mom, and NaptownChief.

Next to the Kurt Warner story, a Jeff George takes Chicago to the Superbowl championship story would be the greatest story ever in the NFL.

Rain Man
12-05-2004, 01:13 PM
They went to high school together? How did I miss that little tidbit of information all these years?

I don't have any problem with George, by the way. I'm not a fan, but I don't hate him like I hate Elway and Eli Manning.

Bob Dole
12-05-2004, 02:31 PM
I want george to fail ten times more now.. Whitlock is a double-standard sniveling pussy with that article... He would rip into anyone else for someone else writing an article like that about a different player.. It amazes me how much he wants it to be his way ALL the time..

That's just silly.

Who the hell <b>doesn't</b> want it to be their way all the time?

Bob Dole
12-05-2004, 02:33 PM
Bob Dole read that silly comment and forgot why he came in here in the first place.

If Hutchinson keeps playing like he has today, Jason's concerns are going to be a non-issue.

Bob Dole
12-05-2004, 02:48 PM
On a related note--Urlacher is a monster today.

MonroeChief
12-05-2004, 02:57 PM
Why is whitlock so adamant about jeff george? are they bhb?

Bob Dole
12-05-2004, 02:59 PM
Why is whitlock so adamant about jeff george? are they bhb?

Because they played together when they were kids...