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Quotational Therapy: Part 70 -- Black-On-Black Crime.

Donovan McNabb, Overrated Idiot-


Philadelphia Eagles QB Donovan McNabb is using the week of the Superbowl to play the pity card. Poor Donovan. And the race card. Poor Donovan.

Here are some of his comments:

Owens most famously took shots at McNabb during the offseason between the 2004 and 2005 seasons, and on into Philadelphia's 2005 training camp (though after declining his invitation to work out in Arizona, the two did not speak off the field until just before the start of the regular season).

But the one remark that caught everyone's attention was in another Owens interview with ESPN.com during which he agreed with friend and ESPN analyst Michael Irvin's statement that the Eagles would be better off with Favre at quarterback.

McNabb might have, at first, laughed it off when Owens, responding to questions about Irvin's statement, said, "That's a fair assessment, I would agree with that." But McNabb acknowledged Wednesday that Owens' statement hit him hard.

"In that situation, it was kinda like, 'That's unreal.' That's just like me saying, 'If we had Steve Largent, if we had Joe Jurevicius, we'd be undefeated. He'll now have to answer the question for the whole week about me saying it."

McNabb's selection of two white receivers was not by accident. He took Owens' choice of Favre as disrespectful to McNabb as an African-American quarterback.

"It was definitely a slap in the face to me. Because as deep as people won't go into it, it was [a] black-on-black crime. I mean, you have a guy that has been criticized just about all his career and now the last criticism is that I'm selling out because I don't run anymore, by an African-American [J. Whyatt Mondesire, the NAACP chapter president who ripped McNabb in a column that appeared in the Philadelphia Sun].

"And to say if we had Brett Favre, that could mean that if you had another quarterback of a different descent or ethnic background, we could be winning. That's something I thought about and said, 'Wow.' It's different to say if we had Michael Vick, Daunte Culpepper, Steve McNair, Aaron Brooks, Byron Leftwich. But to go straight to Brett Favre, that slapped me in the face, like what I've done and what I set out to do…"

There you have it. Donovan McNabb, ladies and gentlemen. Terrell Owens is one of the more objectionable players in the league, but these kinds of comments by McNabb actually make T.O. the sympathetic one. Of course Terrell Owens didn't want to play for this idiot. Of course some people in the Eagles locker room sided with T.O. over McNabb.

Now we know why.

Incidentally, the real reason for this ridiculous outburst is obvious, although nobody is saying it. McNabb, justifiably, is intimidated. He's intimidated by a force of awesomeness (who also happens to be an African-American quarterback) so great, it's difficult to fathom:


I had no plans of highlighting McNabb's comments in a Quotational Therapy session, but I also thought for sure that there would be more media hubbub over the sheer stupidity of McNabb's comments. I figured maybe something on par with the backlash Rush Limbaugh received for his comments about McNabb a couple years back. Nope.

The shine should hereby be off of Donovan McNabb, even if he remains a media darling.


Previous Quotational Therapy Session:

Bush's 2003 State Of The Union.

The right quote can be therapeutic, so tune in to WILLisms.com for quotational therapy on Monday and Friday.

Posted by Will Franklin · 3 February 2006 02:13 PM


Well, I'm from Philly and these comments from McNabb are in the very least several months too late. The "black on black crime" phrase though is really a stupid comment at any time. But if he was going to join the fight he should have done it when this whole thing was active. You know, Owens is self-centered and immature but but his self confidence seems to prevent him from getting bogged down brooding about trivial stuff. After McNabb's comments it seems TO was pretty successful at playing some long term head games on Donovan. If Donovan is so lacking in self confidence that he has carried TO's comments with him this long, God help the Eagles because it is obvious that Donovan isn't handling the mental side of this with any level of toughness - not good for quarterback material.

Posted by: DaveD at February 3, 2006 02:37 PM

Black on black crime? Unbelievable. One millionaire athlete insults another millionaire athlete and he refers to it as a crime. Overrated idiot indeed.

Posted by: Bob at February 3, 2006 02:58 PM

HA... Great quotational therapy...!

Posted by: Zsa Zsa at February 3, 2006 03:01 PM

Wow.' It's different to say if we had Michael Vick, Daunte Culpepper, Steve McNair, Aaron Brooks, Byron Leftwich. But to go straight to Brett Favre, that slapped me in the face, like what I've done and what I set out to do…"

So McNabb sees himself as a black quarterback and not just a qb? Let's play "which one is not like the other." Vick, Culpepper, McNair, Brooks, Leftwich, Farve. Hmmm Farve stands out, but not because he is white, but because he's the only one to have WON a Superbowl. Maybe if he had stopped at McNair he might have had a point. At least Air-McNair got to a Superbowl. But Donny's GOT to be kidding me that he wants to be compared to "soon to be back-up to Leinhart, Aaron Brooks" rather than Farve. PUHLEASE.

Posted by: Conservative_D at February 3, 2006 03:01 PM

They lead truly tough lives.

I'll see if I can gin up some pity.


You know... I'm coming up short here.

Posted by: Hoodlumman at February 3, 2006 03:25 PM

One of the striking parts of this whole deal is how rehearsed that line seemed. As if he stewed over it for all these months, until some reporter finally gave him his spotlight.

Posted by: Will Franklin at February 3, 2006 03:40 PM

Not to open a can of worms here, but. When was the last time a pure scrambleing QB won a superbowl anyway?

Posted by: christian at February 4, 2006 10:35 AM