Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Ladies and gentlemen, dearly beloved, we are gathered here to day to mourn the passing of a great man.

Er, that is, we're hear to mourn his LACK of passing.

That's right, it's officially time to call Drew Bledsoe's football career dead.

It was a good career, full of long passes, thrilling wins, and bone- (and sternum-) crushing sacks.

Who could forget the way he, a simple coach's son, rose from Walla Walla to prominence at The Official Alma Mater, winning a snowy Apple Cup that is, for many Cougs of The Ford's generation, the defining moment of the rivalry with The F'uskies?

Or the way there was actually a debate over who the better QB was, Bledsoe or Rick Mirer? (And yes, as if to pay for the three glorious years of WSU Bledsoe, the Pacific Northwest ended up with several years of Seahawk Mirer. Still, almost worth it...)

Or how he heralded a return to wide-open offenses in the NFL, throwing 50 times a game, simply because New England had no one else on offense? (Seriously, he threw 43 times a game in 1994 -- his 691 attempts that season are an NFL record. By 36. In fact, three of the top four attempt totals are Bledsoe's. Marion Butts, Michael Timpson, Vincent Brisby. These were the other top Patriot offensive threats. Yikes.)

Or that he managed to carry the Patriots to a Super Bowl just four years after they'd won just one game in a season. Really, it was a positively Tigers'like renaissance.

How many QBs manage to hang on in the NFL for a good 10 years AFTER they make the Super Bowl? (Yes, we see you back there, Mr. Favre, but we're refusing to call on you right now...)

Sure, he may not have been the greatest mentor for a young quarterback. Or the most mobile passer ever. Or, well, able to win a title as a starter, for that matter.

But, really, when The Ford's moved onto the big Madden game in the sky, and he needs a QB to run the Ford-Gun offense, well, he'll be calling on No. 11.

Assuming he doesn't get sent to hell for the way he's going to torture Dallas fans this season.

Then again, torturing Cowboys fans? That's practically the Lord's work, right there.


At 2:14 AM, October 25, 2006, Anonymous Ryan Leaf said...

Drew Bledsoe ain't got shiznit on me.

At 3:16 AM, October 26, 2006, Blogger Marcus said...

That picture/poster/whatever is awful. A bad cutout on the left and the typography is just, just, well, bad.

At 11:15 PM, October 26, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

sigh. it's a sad day for wazzu. had drinks with some of the designers at the post-dispatch last night. mentioned your super duper work, ryan ford. yay.


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