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Stephen Douglas Kerr is the most accurate three point shooter in NBA history.  In that way he is not mediocre.  However, the fact that he brought very little else to the table is what makes him mediocre.

Steve Kerr was born in  Beirut, Lebanon of all places.  Are you with me in thinking that Steve doesn’t look middle eastern at all?  Here’s why:  His father, Malcolm, was an academic sort who specialized in the Middle East.    Steve split his high school time between sunny California and the even sunnier Cairo, Egypt.  Upon graduating from high school, Steve accepted a basketball scholarship to the University of Arizona.  In 1984, when Steve was just an 18 year old freshman, his father was assassinated in in Beirut by supposed nationalists in Lebanon.  Yikes.

Steve continued his play at Arizona and started at the point there for three plus seasons even though he was commonly referred to as being “two steps too slow”.  During Steve’s senior season he teamed with Sean Elliott (mediocre) and Kenny Lofton (Big Dog) to lead the Wildcats to the Final Four.  In that senior season, Kerr hit 57% of his three point attempts, an NCAA record to this day.

Kerr was drafted by Phoenix and traded to the Cavs for a second round pick.  Kerr would spend his first three seasons with the Cavs and forming a white out in the backcourt with the immortal Craig Ehlo.  Steve was traded in the middle of the 1992 season to the Magic before signing a free agent deal with the Chicago Bulls prior to the 1993 season.  It was in that 1993-94 season (without Michael Jordan) that Kerr set his career high for scoring when he dropped in a respectable 8.6 points per game.  During his first four seasons with the Bulls, Kerr was phenomenally consistent.  In those four years he scoring average ranged from 8.1-8.6 a game while playing between 22-24 minutes a game.  He had finally found his role.

Kerr won four Champions in a row, three with the Bulls and one with the Spurs.  He was a member of the legendary 72-10 Bulls team in 1995-96.  Kerr wrapped up his career with 5 rings (3 with chicago, 2 with San Antonio) and was the winner of the 3pt shoot out at the 1997 All Star Game.  Many three point shooters are classified as “gunners”, not Steve Kerr.  Kerr knew where to be and when to be there.  He was a calculated marksman.

Kerr would go on to be the General Manager of the Phoenix Suns, where he did a pretty mediocre job before returning to the sidelines to call NBA games where he is one of the best in the business.  I am pretty confident that Steve Kerr, right now at the age of 46 could step onto the court of an NBA game and knock down a big-time three pointer if he had to.

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Tim Tebow

“Dude, I’m sure, I’m totally into girls.”

 

Mediocre: of only ordinary or moderate quality; neither good nor bad.

I think this fits Tim Tebow to a tee (pun intended).  Tim Tebow is not a good quarterback.  His completion percentage is awful and he cannot throw the ball downfield.  However, I think he would probably make a decent third-down back in the NFL or maybe a possession receiver.  Put all of this together and I think you have a perfectly mediocre football player.

Tim Tebow is the Derek Jeter of the NFL, but without the talent.  I’ll be the first in line for the Jeter-haters.  He’ll endorse any product that flashes him the cash and he is beloved by almost everyone and I’m not sure most of them can tell you why.  I find that annoying.  That is my personal problem, I admit.  However, I can admit that Jeter has talent.  He has hung around for about 20 years and he has reached some very lofty personal accomplishments.  Tebow is just not that guy.  I don’t see him reaching any sort of major milestone.

I live in the state of Florida.  I hear about Tebow all of the time.  If you think the media is obsessed with him where you live, you outta come doawn to northeast Florida, it’s nuts.  Tebow played high school football for Nease HS even though he never went to school there.  Tebow was home-schooled for all of his pre-college years.  You know what they say about hom-schooled kids, they are big time weirdos.  I can only assume that Tebow is no different.  However, Tebow was a beast at Nease and continued his roll at the University of Florida.

I’m not going to debate Tebow’s dominance in college football.  He was the man at Florida in the same way that Charlie Ward was the man at Florida State.  The same way in that Danny Wuerffel was the man with the Gators.  All three of these guys (and the list goes on) were great in college.  However, none of these guys really projected as NFL talents.  Wuerffel never really accomplished anything in the NFL and Charlie Ward took his talents to the NBA and never even bothered trying to make it in the NFL.  Ward was too short and didn’t really have the throwing skills that would translate into NFL success;  sound familiar?

Since arriving in the NFL in 2010, Tebow has picked up the annoying reputation as a “winner”.  People said the same shit about Trent Dilfer.  This is basically a word for a white guy that generally is not very good at what he does, but his team does pretty well anyway.  Tebow is this guy.  Tebow has a record of 8-6 as a starter.  That’s borderline playoff level in the NFL and is quite possibly the least anyone has ever done to be labeled a “winner”.

Statistically, as a passer, there is just not a lot of good you can say about Timmy.  He led the NFL in fumbles in 2011 even though he only started 11 games.  He completed only 46% of his passes which is something he really should be embarrassed about.  That is shameful.  He was very seldom asked to thrown the ball down field, and while throwing only short passes, still fell below the half way mark.

Since 1980, only 20 QBs have thrown at least 270 passes and completed less than half of them.  Some of the guys with better completion percentages than 2011 Tim Tebow are: Bubby Brister, the rookie version of Kerry Collins, and the legendary Joey Harrington.  In fact, his 46.5% completion mark is the WORST in the NFL since Rusty Hilger’s big year in 1988.  That’s right, Tim Tebow is the least accurate quarterback of the last quarter century.

Tebow is a dynamic running threat.  No one can deny that.  He ran for 660 yards last season.  I think that actually sums him up about right.  Tim Tebow is a running back that can get you between 500-900 yards a season if you play him in the right situation.  There is nothing wrong with that.  I am Detroit Lions fan and they could really use him at RB since they already have a real quarterback.

What really grinds my gears about Tebow is just how much you are forced to hear about the guy even though he’s just not that good.  He has made it so I just don’t watch ESPN during the NFL season.  That may seem extreme to you but it was just much easier to go about my day-to-day if I cut down my Tebow intake.  Check out this really annoying quote from what I assume is a very annoying advertising strategist (most soulless job in the world?):

“He’s become an icon; he’s bigger than football, I can’t see him beating New England (on Sunday) but I didn’t see him beating Pittsburgh, either. But that’s the thing with this guy — he keeps defying logic. Everybody keeps waiting for him to fail but it doesn’t happen. He has the kind of marketing potential that could put him in the Tom Brady or Peyton Manning category.”

Tom Brady and Peyton Manning are icons and Hall of Fame quarterbacks.  I know this is from an advertising standpoint and not totally based on his skill as a player, but seriously, how bad does this guy have to play for people to stop talking about him?  I would assume that they are plenty of attractive, white, Christian men in the NFL, why am I not hearing about them?

Tebow is a tough guy to write about because there really are not a lot of statistics on the guy just yet.  He’s only been around for 23 NFL games.  On that note, I will say this:  Sure, he may turn it around and continue to “shock the world”.  However, I think there’s a much larger chance he follows the career path of Kordell Stewart.  Flashes of excitement tied to his versatility.  Then someone will really hand him the starting QB job and we’ll see that he’s really lot that great in large doses.  We’ll see.

 

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We’re Back!

Seriously, look how old Jamie Moyer is!!

Fans of Mediocrity is making a comeback!  Just like the mediocre comebacks of Randy Moss, Ricky Williams, and Michael’s Jordan’s Wizard days, we aspire to (at the very best) pick up where we left off.  We’ll probably be a step slower, but what we lost in footspeed and hops, we will make up for in guts and guile.  Thanks for caring and we are excited to be back.

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