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Sunday Morning Quarterback

Sunday, April 09, 2006

SHOW US EVERYTHING YOU'VE GOT...BUT KEEP YOUR GRUBBY HANDS OFF THE MEAL TICKET, PEONS
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Back in the days when football was only just beginning to replace cartoons on tiny SMQ's Saturday schedule, he refused to have anything to do with local peewee football leagues because they were flag only for the youngest, and this was not an acceptable substitute for the real game. So he can sympathize with Adrian Peterson's frustration at being blue-numbered for no contact at Oklahoma's Spring scrimmage Saturday. Much as he likes Bob Stoops, though, he had less sympathy for the decision to exempt even a player as essential to his team's success as AP from the rules his teammates were playing by.

In the NFL, though still not always wise, this overprotective move could pass because there's an inherent disparity already in players' contracts, and teams have tangible, justifiable financial incentive to protect larger investments. Playing hands-off with the quaterbacks is accepted practice. But what is the message of singling out one player, and a healthy one at that, to play two-hand touch when the rest of the team and the rest of the players at his position are getting knocked around with impunity, to the glee of rabid fans? If you're Allen Patrick - a team-high 11 carries for 29 yards Saturday - and you've busted your ass to move into a position to contribute, what, the coaches don't care if you get hurt? "I wanna see you take a killshot on that one, boys! But hands off 28..."

Elevating and separating star players whose scholarships aren't worth any more than any one else's is a recipe for discontent or mutiny when it comes time for the proverbial digging deep.
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