Guest editorial: Blanda: Player for the ages
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Since: Jan 08
#1 Oct 6, 2010
or in his 80's. George will be missed by true fans of the game and all of those real Raider fans from their hay day years.
George was much more than a ball player. I seem to recall he was also a dentist. Achievement at the college level on an intellectual basis seems to be a minor concern to the fans of today whose only concern is the large pay day.
The difference between a JaMarcus Russell, an extremely talented but unmotivated person, and a George Blanda is obvious. There is also a large difference between players of Blanda's generation, Billy Cannon, Pete Banazak (sp?), Gene Upshaw, and Art Shell to name a few, who played as much on pride as for the limited remuneration of the day.
Yes it is a different day and age but personal principles and a commitment to your team never goes out of style. Too much money in the game has corrupted it to the point that the lingering question remains "Is it all on the up and up?" No answer will be forthcoming as those controlling the results would have no problem using mafia style tactics to protect their interests.
It is a sad state of affairs and one missed by those who have not followed sports for 50 years. Most do not care. George will be missed and has been missed since his forced retirement at age 49.
#2 Oct 6, 2010
No. That was Doc Holliday.
#3 Oct 7, 2010
I'm a player for the ages too!!!!!
owwwwwlllll, my ribs hurt.
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