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If you're a Titans fan and you're not reading Paul Kuharsky, ESPN.com's AFC South blogger, you're doing yourself a disservice. Kuharsky combines just the right amount of reporter and no-nonsense fan; he covered the team since before the move from Houston, has lived in the locker room, knows the players, and still has enough sense to call them out when they say something stupid. That's why he's so invaluable for a team that features a headcase like Vince Young.
On April 20th, Young told the Tennessean's
Jim Wyatt that he was just "going to smile and shut up and continue being Vince Young, a happy smiling guy." Which, of course, was a promise he could not keep. Because whatever Young may be, he has been the exact opposite of a "happy smiling guy" for oh, say, the past two years. Cue Young's interview with a Baltimore TV station earlier this week:
"I definitely want to get back out there playing ball and picking up where I left off, winning games and having a good time with my teammates and with the fans. At the same time, if them guys don't want me to be in there, it's time for me to make a career change for myself. Because the fact is I'm ready to play ball. If they're not ready for me to play ball, then somebody is."
Hey, maybe Young was smiling when he said all this. Who are we to judge?
In typically level-headed fashion, though, Kuharsky has the right response to all this pre-season boat-rocking: Young should fire his agent
, Major Adams, a family friend from Houston who only has one client in the NFL. Young is still an, errrr, young
man. He needs good advice, not lackeys. It's the same thing Kuharsky, and others, have been preaching since day one. And to that effect, Kuharsky lists a handful of proven names who can steer him in the right direction.
It's funny that, of all the people who should offer guidance to Young, Kuharsky is leading the charge. (Not that writing a blog post is anything like real, face-to-face guidance. We're talking about strictly within the realm of the internet here.) There are still a legion of very vocal, very annoyed Young apologists who absolutely kill Kuharsky whenever he, in their eyes, speaks ill of their hero. (These people being near chromosomal matches for the types that line up outside of the courtroom during the latest celebrity trial, ready to bravely stand in support of the rich guy whose hired half of Dershowitz & Cochran for his defense.)
Anyway, we're rambling here. Point is, Young should heed the blogger's advice. At the very least, it's better than the self-serving counsel we were ready to offer: join Twitter. Rich athletes shouldn't have to wait for a televised interview to publicize one of their hallmark mood swings? Let the world know in real-time!