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Late For Work 6/22: Oher A Blunder? That’s Just Redonkulous

Plus a look back on Art Modell’s brilliant career and some interesting tweets.

Posted by Sarah Ellison on Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010 at 9:05 am | Categories: Late For Work, Sarah Ellison

Oher A Blunder? That’s Just Redonkulous

“As I have been saying all along, what a blunder of a move Ozzie made by drafting Michael Oher. Had Ozzie passed on Oher, he could have had both an impact WR and a starting OL.” – Nameless.

Cue “The Price Is Right” losing tubas noise.

We’re 22 days into the month of June, the slowest news month on the NFL calendar. Sheesh.

So why not use the time to show just how redonkulous predictions can be with the luxury of 20/20 hindsight?

Without naming names, ESPN’s James Walker uses his “Remember Last Year?” blog to hold AFC North community members accountable for absurd statements.

The Michael Oher blunder declaration is one of several Ravens classics from last year.  Here are a few more:

  • “Peyton Manning will do no such thing. He doesn’t have Marvin Harrison anymore, and secondly we have the fastest–yes the fastest–secondary in the league. I don’t see hardly any team throwing bombs on us like they used to.”
  • “Ravens will win AT LEAST 12 games. RAVENS WILL…WILL…win the division this year. Anyone remember how many close games the Stealers should’ve lost?”
  • “L.J. Smith is huge for the Ravens; especially against the Steelers.”

Just to show Ravens fans aren’t the only ones to miss…

  • “I will just say that I fully expect the 2009 Pittsburgh Steelers to be the greatest Steelers team in their illustrious existence. This year the Steelers will be blowing teams out with defense, with offense, with special teams and with grit and determination and the will to win again. Brady and the Pats are going to be playing second fiddle to Roethlisberger and the Steelers.”
  • “Not only will the Bengals not make the playoffs, but every team that drafts [Chad Ochocinco] for their fantasy team will not make the playoffs, either.”
  • “I would take 1. Derek Anderson 2. Joe Flacco 3. Carson Palmer 4. Ben Roethlisberger.”

Looking Back On Modell’s Career

With Art Modell turning 85 tomorrow, The Baltimore Sun’s Kevin Cowherd looked back on the NFL visionary’s brilliant career.

Modell was the Chairman of the Owners Labor Committee which successfully negotiated the NFL’s first players’ collective bargaining agreement. He moved the Browns to the AFC – which helped propel the merge of the NFL and AFL – and was an important negotiator with ABC to launch Monday Night Football.

“Even though he was a league visionary,” Cowherd said, “even though his Browns won the NFL championship in 1964, even though his Ravens won the Super Bowl in 2000, even though he hired Newsome to be the first African-American general manager in the NFL, Modell is still being penalized by a few Hall of Fame voters for relocating the Browns to Baltimore.”

Still, Modell seems to be at peace with the work he’s done regardless of the voting.

“It’s not my call,” Modell told Cowherd. “If it [happens], I’ll be happy. If it doesn’t, I’ll be up early for breakfast.”

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