Thursday, September 02, 2004

The Return of Neon Deion 

Deion Sanders is, has been, and perhaps forever will be one of my least favorite athletes of all time. The man has skill, to be sure, he's one of the best defensive backs the NFL has known. I'll be damned, though, if that mouth and arrogance don't detract from everything he's accomplished on the field. For the past three seasons we haven't had to endure his brazen lip-flapping and self-promotion. But guess who has been lured out of retirement? And paired with Ray Lewis, no less! The NFL's official -- alleged -- murderer. Lewis: also very vocal. I've never dug on the Baltimore Ravens and I guess I won't be doing so anytime soon now that this development has arisen. Deion says he's back to win a Superbowl. C'mon. He only quit in Washington in 2001 because he didn't care about the team. If they weren't going to be in the spotlight automatically, he didn't want to be a part of the effort to get them there. That's been Deion's story forever. Jumped on the Dallas bandwagon when they finally pulled themselves up from the dregs and into the Superbowl picture. Same story when he went to San Francisco. He's coming back as a nickelback which, for those unfamiliar, is a position that sees limited action based on the fact that it's only included in a handful of defensive formations. So hopefully that means the ratio of Deion squawking this season will be minimal compared to if he was an every-down defensive back. Sanders is back. Damn. I'd like to see him get torched by Chad Johnson in Cincinnati and the receiver duo of Ward and Burress in Pittsburgh. If there's any justice, those things will happen.

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