On Vince Young and His Propensity for Winning Football Games

On Vince Young and His Propensity for Winning Football Games

Know what's even better than a professional quarterbacking record of 30-17? 31-17.

And that's what Vince Young is. He's 31-17 as a starter. He has 31 wins. He's been a winner 31 times. If you were to compare his wins to his losses, his wins would outnumber his losses. His wins would almost double his "not-wins."

Vince Young wins football games. Wins them in the pros, wins them in college, wins them whenever and wherever.

Remember Vince at Texas? Remember him carrying the ball in triumph as he ran into the corner of the end zone in the national title game?

And remember that goofy sidearm release that had to be coached out of him when he was drafted to Tennessee? It was a problem, right? Wrong.

Because you know what Vince did? He kept winning. Everyone said Vince couldn't do it in the pros. But they were wrong.

At first, he'd make it happen with his feet. With his God-given athletic ability, he would will his team to victory in spite of a radically unsophisticated throwing motion.

Five years later, he possesses a still-radically unsophisticated throwing motion that resembles a repeated short-arming of every attempt and somehow necessitates the lobbing of screen passes with higher vertical arcs than most Andre Iguodala 30-footers.

But you know what it all results in? Wins.

Vince wins. He single-handedly wins ball games. He wins ball games on his own. Did the defense score that touchdown in the fourth quarter? No. But you know who did? Vince Young.

Vince Young is a winning role model. If you're reading this, and you have children who value winning, buy them Vince Young jerseys. Show them Vince Young highlights. Anything with Vince Young in it, on it, or around it, they are to consume. Fully.

Honestly, how else could you possibly explain the success of a quarterback with a 69.0 passer rating other than to conclude that he is, indeed, a winner? Others have tried to pull similar strokes of genius by attempting only two passes in sixty minutes so as to mitigate their potential of losing, but not Vince.

Vince is ballsy.

Vince is going to chuck it up 20 to 30 times a game and turn it over on three separate occasions just so he can remind you that he can do all of this and still win.

Say what you want about his personal habits, his beliefs, and, you know, the way he generally lives his life. And say what you want about how he doesn't have the skills to make it in the NFL. And say anything and everything you want about whether this success and style of play is sustainable over the long haul. But when you're through with your woefully snide and pithy nay-saying, remember the thirty-one other reasons why all of your concerns have been rendered irrelevant.

Today is Monday, November 21st. This Thursday is Thanksgiving. This year, give thanks to Vince Young.

Discuss him endlessly. Debate his greatness if you will. Pick apart the flaws in his game if you dare.

Just be prepared to out yourself as a loser in the process.

Temple Men’s Basketball adds two players to 2016-17 roster

Temple Men’s Basketball adds two players to 2016-17 roster

Temple men’s basketball coach Fran Dunphy announced that the team has added two players to its 2016-17 roster. 

The Owls will announce the two new transfers, junior’s Isaiah Lewis and Steve Leonard, Thursday night at the Liacouras Center at the team’s Cherry and White Night. 

Lewis comes to Temple after playing for Casper College in Wyoming last season, where he averaged 5.5 points and 2.2 assists per game. Before his stint at Casper College, the 6-4 guard also played at Lee Junior College in Texas, and averaged 10.0 points and 4.7 assists per game.

Leonard, a 6-6 guard from Collegeville, Pa., played two seasons at Ursinus College. He averaged 5.6 points over 43 games during his career at Ursinus. 

Brett Brown: Sixers' Nik Stauskas set for 'breakout year'

Brett Brown: Sixers' Nik Stauskas set for 'breakout year'

CAMDEN, N.J. — The irony of Nik Stauskas’ reputation as a three-point shooter is that he doesn’t view himself that way.

Stauskas was drafted eighth overall by the Kings in 2014 after shooting 44.1 percent from three over two years at Michigan. But that’s not how he envisioned himself being in the pros.

“It’s crazy,” Stauskas said after practice Thursday. “I know I was a great shooter coming out of Michigan, but I don’t consider myself a shooter. I consider myself a gamer. I don’t think I’m an effective NBA player when I just stand and spot up and shoot threes. That’s really not my game.”

Stauskas has struggled to find offensive consistency in the NBA. The third-year two-guard averaged 32.4 percent from long range in his first two seasons. He wasn’t reliable as a knockdown shooter and bounced in and out of the starting lineup last season.

Rather than being a finesse player, Brett Brown encouraged Stauskas to get aggressive. Brown wanted to a see an edge from Stauskas and not hold back at the basket.

Stauskas displayed that side to his game on opening night against the Thunder. In 23 minutes off the bench, he scored 13 points on 5-for-6 shooting. His only miss came on a three-point attempt. His 83.3 shooting percentage was a single-game career high.

“He was cocky,” Brown said. “He was in attack mode. He was not afraid to put it to the floor and get to the rim. I feel like he’s got a real chance to have a breakout year. We need him to have a breakout year.”

The Sixers picked up the options on Stauskas, Joel Embiid and Jahlil Okafor on Thursday.

“I think the statement the club made on his contract lets him probably have a little bit more comfort on what we think of him,” Brown said. “I was really happy with his swagger last night.”

Stauskas is figuring out his role on the Sixers this season. It is one that can change often given injuries. A key to being successful, whether he is on the perimeter or at the rim, is feeling confident and in a rhythm on the floor.

“I had fun out there,” Stauskas said. “More than anything, I think yesterday was the first time in a while that I’ve really enjoyed myself out there and had a smile on my face.”