The Madden Curse (sort of)
Someone posted on the blog last week that Skins long snapper Ethan Albright was the lowest rated player in the NFL on the Madden game. What a travesty. When I approached Ethan about it, he'd already heard. Some buddies emailed him about it. Seems odd to me though - the dude has not missed a game in the last 10 years and hasn't botched a snap in three years here, yet he gets kicked around by these tech geeks. Why? Just because he's a red-haired long snapper.
Ethan's a great guy and I got to know him well last training camp when I did a big feature on the life of a long snapper. Ain't now way he's the worst snapper in the NFL. The man takes pride in his craft, and was clearly a little ticked off by his Madden treatment.
"If they really want to be accurate with the game, do long snapper category," Albright said. "Somebody was telling me my spin move rating? Like that's going to help me snap the ball. Why would I need a spin move? If they wan to be accurate, have a snap be 90-percent accurate in games and then when its botched watch everyone jump all over the video game. That would add some excitement. But the way I understand it, you just press a button and it's always a good, perfect snap."
I haven't played Madden in like 10 years - man, did we have some epic, all-night tournaments back in Day Hall at Syracuse University - but I'm pretty out of the loop now. Seems like a fair enough suggestion to me,. though. I'd say Ethan deserves to be on the cover of Madden '08 after this snub, but then again, that's not always such a good thing, is it?
Randoms (I think this section works better if you read these aloud while imitating Larry King's voice. I know it works for my editor, Cindy): Here's how lame I am. I'm going to guess the eight guys on the practice squad, while admittedly not giving it a ton of thought: WR Mike Espy, DL Joe Sykes, RB AJ Harris, WR Steve Harris, OL Kili Lefotu, LB Spencer Havner, DL Anthony Montgomery, TE Buck Ortega. If somebody's keeping score at home, bust my chops Monday when the list is out. We'll see how many I get right. Originally, I had S Reed Doughty on this list, but Ryan O from the Wash Times is convinced this dude is the real deal, and a lock to make a roster spot. I think he's got a man crush on Reed ...
Anyone heard the whereabouts of Larry Hill? Remember the former ref the team hired to handle its video replays in 2004? That move went about as well as the Eddie Johnson signing the other day ...
If there's work for Jeff George in this league, can Ryan Leaf by far behind? Would love to see the two of them compete for the third QB spot in Oakland. Sounds like a reality series. Get me FOX on the horn, now ... With the dawn of hockey training camp nearing, I suggest ya'll rent "Slapshot," the classic movie that asks, but never quite answers, that eternal question: "Who owns the Chief? Owwwwnns."
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