Thursday, October 23, 2008

ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky Pulls Back the Curtain on Press-Whore Mercury Morris

Posted By on Thu, Oct 23, 2008 at 5:55 AM

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The Titans can make this happen. All they have to do is lose. Here's a question: Who stands to benefit if the Tennessee Titans keep winning? Bud Adams? Certainly. Kerry Collins? Most definitely. The entirety of Titans' Nation? But of course. But as for who benefits the most, the answer might surprise you. Mercury Morris is a former running back for the Miami Dolphins. He served four years for cocaine trafficking in the mid-'80s, became a motivational speaker, then, in a tradition reserved for all faded athletes/symbols of virility, parlayed his minor-fame into a gig hawking hair plugs. Morris would be all but forgotten by now if it weren't for last year's New England Patriots.... Before losing to Eli Manning and the Giants in the Super Bowl, the '07 Pats had reeled off 18 straight wins. Undefeated, they represented the first serious challenge to the 1972 Miami Dolphins, the NFL's only unbeaten team. Week after week, as the Pats kept winning and the story grew larger, Morris, a key member of the '72 squad, became the face of Dolphin discontent, a raging barnacle on the hull of the Dreamboat. Seemingly ubiquitous on ESPN and in sports pages, Morris was the go-to quote for writers looking for someone, anyone, willing to root openly for the Pats' demise. And it didn't hurt that Morris, at times, appeared unhinged. Flip forward to the :44 second mark to witness some of Morris' antics at a pre-Super Bowl press conference: Now, with the Titans 6-0, Morris, according to some, is relevant again. So kudos goes to Paul Kuharsky, ESPN.com's AFC South blogger, who yesterday reprinted a note from Morris' PR pushers, revealing the obvious but heretofore anonymous machinations that keep parade-pissers like Morris in the national spotlight. The press release quotes heavily from an interview he did last week with Nashville City Paper where Morris essentially gave his blessing to the Titans, saying that somehow they were more worthy to join the unblemished Dolphins than last year's "boldly arrogant" Patriots. Whatever. We've got to agree with Kuharsky on this one: We'll be openly rooting for all teams, from now on, to start the year 1-1. And if the Titans want to drop one in the next few weeks we won't begrudge them the loss. Especially since it'll preclude Morris' inevitable fade into the ether. (A final note: Morris' histrionics are especially disappointing because he's actually an incredibly intelligent guy. Here's a Washington Post article about his battle with the NFL over disability rights.)

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