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    Harvard QB is good story, but calm down

    By Bryan Burwell
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    Monday, Nov. 28 2005

    "In the future everyone will be world-famous for fifteen minutes." - Andy Warhol

    On the day after his rather dramatic professional debut, young Ryan
    Fitzpatrick's star seemed to be rising in perfect sync with the morning sun. It
    was barely 7 a.m., and the kid from HAH-vahd was already inside Rams Park with
    an ear piece stuck in his head, a microphone clipped to his shirt and a TV
    minicam whirling in his face.

    The rookie quarterback was minutes away from being thrust into the 21st century
    vortex of American celebrity. ESPN was on the other side of that television
    lens, preparing to beam his smiling face live across the entire satellite
    universe. Meanwhile, back in the Rams public relations offices, phones were
    ringing off the hook. By 9 a.m., there were more than a dozen national
    interview requests.

    The world loves a good underdog story, and the appeal of an unknown,
    seventh-round draft pick from the Ivy League leading his team to a thrilling
    overtime victory in his NFL debut is just too tantalizing to resist.
    Admittedly, it's not quite as good as the rags-to-riches epic of the grocery
    bagger-turned Super Bowl MVP, but you do have to love the wonderful irony of
    Fitzpatrick's star turn.

    Only in America can we look at a self-assured 23-year-old son of a rocket
    scientist with an economics degree from one of the most prestigious, exclusive
    universities in the land and craft him into some downtrodden underdog. And only
    in St. Louis can we turn this same child of privilege into a gritty Everyman.

    So just for one moment, allow me to interrupt the sappy Hollywood melodrama for
    this important message:

    Stop it.

    The notorious MOP (man of the people) is ready to act as the much-needed voice
    of reason around here. I have read the emails, listened to the voice mails,
    combed the chat rooms and fielded the talk radio phone calls, and come away
    with the distinct impression that there sure are a lot of irrational people out
    there. The Readers Digest version of the frenzy is this:

    Ryan Fitzpatrick should be dipped in bronze, Marc Bulger's a useless,
    broken-down has-been and the Rams would be insane not to give Fitzpatrick the
    keys to the Rams-mobile and don't stop running until the rookie gets nominated
    for the Hall of Fame.

    I only have two words for you kooks:

    Clint Longley.

    The NFL history books are littered with one-time wonders who flame out just as
    brilliantly as they flamed on. So even while Fitzpatrick relishes every bit of
    his 15 minutes inside celebrity's bosom, let me continue to remind you that
    he's only played one game against one of the worst defenses in the NFL.

    Sure, he could be the next Steve Young. Then again, he could also be the next
    Steve Dils. There are a lot more questions than answers right now. From what we
    have seen, we know that until Marc Bulger returns from nursing his injured
    shoulder, Fitzpatrick provides the Rams with a better opportunity to win during
    these final weeks of the regular season than any other QB on the roster, and
    they've known that ever since the first day Mike Martz caught a glimpse of him
    on game films.

    "Mike said in training camp that this was the best young prospect he's ever
    had," said interim boss Joe Vitt on Monday afternoon. "Now that's a big
    statement coming from Mike Martz, you know?"

    Still, the sight of a rookie QB in the huddle in November and December is
    usually the universal signal to a roster full of hard-working veterans that
    management has given up on the current season and is looking toward the future
    (see: 2004 New York Giants and Eli Manning). So consider the Rams lucky that
    they have the perfect circumstances to discover just how good Fitzpatrick can
    be without upsetting the delicate competitive emotions of this struggling
    football team.

    With Bulger already out for the foreseeable future, and Jamie Martin's head
    still surrounded by swirling little birdies, Fitzpatrick has earned the chance
    to finish out the season in the starting lineup by the combination of his
    tempting potential and his team's desperate necessity.


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    Ram QBs

    Hey, what's the good of being a Rams fan without a QB controversy?

    Waterfield v. Van Brocklin
    Jaworski v. Harris v. Haden
    Namath v. Haden
    Haden v. Ferragamo
    Warner v. Green
    Warner v. Bulger
    Bulger v. Fitzpatrick

    I'm sure I'm missing some.

    (Jeff Kemp, Bert Jones, Jim Everett, Tony Banks, Bob Lee, Dan Pastorini haze sets in.)

    Actually, I'd like to see Rhodes Scholar Haden take on Harvard grad Fitzpatrick in Celebrity Chess.

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    Re: Harvard QB is good story, but calm down

    Steve Dils was to short,had a week arm,and he couldnt scramble.Why the Rams grabbed him from (if I remember right)Minnasota is beyond me.He did win a game against the bears in 85 but Dickerson had a Kajillion carries in that one.
    My heart beats crazy and my blood runs wild

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    Re: Harvard QB is good story, but calm down

    how could you forget Dieter (I was a star in the CFL) Brock?
    He did take us to the NFC Championship in 85'.
    Well, I think Dickerson had more to do with it than Brock.
    JUST WIN ONE FOR THE FANS


    "HIT HARD, HIT FAST, AND HIT OFTEN"
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    Re: Harvard QB is good story, but calm down

    Steve Dils was to short,had a week arm,and he couldnt scramble.Why the Rams grabbed him from (if I remember right)Minnasota is beyond me.He did win a game against the bears in 85 but Dickerson had a Kajillion carries in that one.
    I recall, the headlines read "Dils gets Rams out of a pickle."

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    Re: Harvard QB is good story, but calm down

    I'M PULLING FOR THE KID FROM HAVAD YAD.

    BURWELL CAN KISS ME #$%^&**^:clanram:

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    Re: Harvard QB is good story, but calm down

    Only in America can we look at a self-assured 23-year-old son of a rocket
    scientist with an economics degree from one of the most prestigious, exclusive
    universities in the land and craft him into some downtrodden underdog.

    Well, of course we can look at him as an underdog when competing against guys from less challenging schools who majored in PhysEd and eat, sleep and dream football (or in the case of some of the d-linemen, "kill ...man with ball").

    If Michael Strahan pulled off a surprise win in a duplicate bridge tournament, I would consider that gifted, multi-millionaire celebrity an underdog as well!

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    Re: Harvard QB is good story, but calm down

    Quote Originally Posted by By Bryan Burwell
    ... but you do have to love the wonderful irony of
    Fitzpatrick's star turn.
    That's all one should take from Burwell. Fitz the Great Gatsby seized an opportunity. It's not like no one saw this coming.

    Everyone saw Bulger going down some time from the same beating KW took. The o-line has looked just good enough on ocassion to make one think that the worst was over.

    But you knew better. The D was allowing booKoo points. The O was playing from behind. Opposing Ds just had license to blitz relentlessly with injury just around the corner.

    The question is now whether that was just a roman candle or whether he can build off it. If he has to throw 60 times a game, he's going to be exposed just as quickly as the rest ...

    It was one helll of a 4th quarter though.

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    Re: Harvard QB is good story, but calm down

    i know he was pl;aying the Texans but, really are they really that bad?..................He also hit our recievers in stride on just about all of his throws!..also moved the chains with his feet when the rush was in his face! So i would have to give this kid a A+ on his work sunday!........Hope it catches on week after week and rubs off on his TEAMMATES!

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    Re: Harvard QB is good story, but calm down

    The MEDIA is underwhelmed by Fitzgerald.

    In my local paper (NOT-ST. LOUIS) on Monday.. I read the game articles (all from the Assoc. Press) and for the JAX game they lavished praise on their 2nd string QB, they wrote Garrard Rescues Jaguars. (Garrard threw for 115 yards)

    In contrast, the article on the Ram's game
    said, (and I'm serious): Fitzgerald proved to be a capable replacement.

    There are story lines already written by the media and they didn't see Fitzgerald coming.. Fitzgerald did all this while getting hit repeatedly and sacked 5 times.

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    Re: Harvard QB is good story, but calm down

    Quote Originally Posted by Tony Soprano
    The MEDIA is underwhelmed by Fitzgerald.

    In my local paper (NOT-ST. LOUIS) on Monday.. I read the game articles (all from the Assoc. Press) and for the JAX game they lavished praise on their 2nd string QB, they wrote Garrard Rescues Jaguars. (Garrard threw for 115 yards)

    In contrast, the article on the Ram's game
    said, (and I'm serious): Fitzgerald proved to be a capable replacement.

    There are story lines already written by the media and they didn't see Fitzgerald coming.. Fitzgerald did all this while getting hit repeatedly and sacked 5 times.

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    Rush was right. The media loves the minority qb!!

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    Re: Harvard QB is good story, but calm down

    fitzpatrick!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Tony not Fitzgerald

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    Re: Harvard QB is good story, but calm down

    Yeah. I was going to go back and edit, but someone had already quoted me.. so I didn't want to set off any alarms.

    FitzPatrick... I got it..

    Thanks

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    Re: Harvard QB is good story, but calm down

    Only in America can we look at a self-assured 23-year-old son of a rocket
    scientist with an economics degree from one of the most prestigious, exclusive
    universities in the land and craft him into some downtrodden underdog. And only
    in St. Louis can we turn this same child of privilege into a gritty Everyman.
    Leave it to Burwell to fault some kid for the socio-economic status of his family. Maybe if he was some street-wise kid raised by his grandmother and 18 siblings who went on to get a degree in phys. ed. from Diploma Mill University, he would get more respect from Burwell.

    Hey Burwell, I just heard Barry Bonds' toilet flush, better get over there and write your next story.
    "Before the gates of excellence the high gods have placed sweat; long is the road thereto and rough and steep at first; but when the heights are reached, then there is ease, though grievously hard in the winning." --- Hesiod

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