05 Jan 2006
Overall, this is a harmless article discussing the Jaguars with some insight. However, it raises a pet peeve of mine. In Pro Football Prospectus we wrote in the Byron Leftwich comment, "There is an unwritten rule prevalent in sports journalism, one that prescribes that African American players can be compared only to other African Americans and whites only to other whites." Here, Don Banks says David Garrard is Leftwich's "near clone." Other then the fact that they are African American and strong, they have nothing in common. They do not look alike. Leftwich is four inches taller. Leftwich is slow as molasses, while Garrard can run. Leftwich often throws deep while Garrard mostly throws underneath. Would anyone have written that Mike McMahon was Joey Harrington's "near clone?"
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