Thursday, January 4, 2007

Steve Irwin Memorial Meast of the Week - Week 17


This week's Meast is Darrent Williams of the Broncos. No jokes this time. Williams doesn't get this honor just out of sympathy. He was a really good player whose energy on the field popped right off the TV screen. It's no coincidence Champ Bailey had his finest season playing opposite Williams.

If I hear one more person ask, "Hey, what was he even doing at a club that night?" I'll hit them in the face with a pint glass. Williams just saw his season end in the toughest way possible. Was he supposed to sit at home and play fucking Uno? No. He's supposed to go out with some friends, grab some drinks, and maybe even try to get laid. There's no better way to achieve catharsis. I think everyone has a right to do that and not have to worry about some prick going O-Dog on them.

So here's to Darrent Williams: a good player and a good guy who was killed just trying to have a good time. Meanwhile, Ray Lewis still walks the Earth. What bullshit.

31 comments:

Signal to Noise said...

Bronco fans thank you, Drew. He was also pretty good at returning punts. A couple more years with Champ and Darrent might have talked about as one of the super corners.

The Tuesday Morning Douchebag outdid himself by taking Williams' death and moralizing about being out past midnight.

Larry Bird Flu said...

Nice post, Drew. Agree with every word you wrote.

I Know we suck said...

Don't forget it was also New Year's, so who wasn't out a little later than normal

Scott said...

We are talking about writers that haven't been out past midnight(or in Easterbrook's case, never, for fear of the Jews) since the Nixon administration. I know I have a bad day at work and never go out drinking after.

thope said...

single tear

Jackin'4Beats said...

Good work Drew. Well said.

Easterbrook's words come from a man that clearly jerks off in his mom's basement. At least his idiocy ends with him since he probably can't buy a date.

Mike said...

If I hear one more person ask, "Hey, what was he even doing at a club that night?" I'll hit them in the face with a pint glass.

Amen, Drew. If someone is so afraid of something random killing them, they should just be a shut-in.

Undead Zombie Horde said...

Any so-called sportswriter (douchebag) who questions D. Williams being in a limo after midnight on New Year's Eve is either a loser or, quite frankly, a racist (most likely some inherent combination of both). What assumptions are they making about these guys being out at a club? Why can't they be out at a club? I would bet a significant portion of this here site's readers were at a club/bar that night. And have you never had some asshole with a XYY chromosome start shit for no reason?

Suss & The Family Stone said...

None of you get tail while playing Uno? Let me show you how.

OkieRover said...

It's sad that people shoot into cars indescriminantly. It's nearly as cowardly as leaving a bomb on a crowded train.
I hope the other media outlets stop calling it a drive by shooting like it was some random act.
It was murder.

Beantown said...

Darrent Williams was 5'8" and a buck sixty soaking wet. He was in club talking shit and somebody called him on it and followed him out.

Just remember kids, nothing good ever happens after 2:00am!

4giantsfans said...

DW. I never knew ye, but good bless. (Trying to think of the lyrics to "spirit in the Sky", but can't find it on these ebays).

Jackin'4Beats said...

beantown clearly has never had a late night hook up.

Maybe you didn't hear or read this, but Darrent Williams did not have an altercation in the club that night. He was a victim of cowards who probably would have gotten an ass kicking without their guns.

Beantown said...

So you think Darrent was just sitting in the club sipping his drink, midning his own business and some random gangbanger just unloaded into the side of his limo?

I would love to live in your world Nancy!

$klimp$ said...

Classy post, Drew. Thanks for that.

TheBigO said...

Too bad it wasn't Beantown in that fuckin limo.

Nice post BDD, well said. RIP D.W.

Beantown said...

Thebigo is probably the gangbanger that shot his ass, ain't that right tough guy!

Larry Bird Flu said...

Beantown - he was with a group of guys, some of whom got into an argument. If one of your friends got his ass kicked or worse because you went into the wrong bar talking the shit you're talking here, would it be your friend's fault?

Beantown said...

You are a pro athlete, you have a target on your back from jump street you need to be smarter than that! Did you see this on ESPN from Jemele Hill:

A disturbing, violent trend
By Jemele Hill
Page 2


"Wrong place at the wrong time."

Who knew the wrong place to be on New Year's Eve was at a party welcoming in the new year? Who knew the wrong time to be murdered was now – when people are so callous about death that it's almost as if we're asking the victim, "Just what did you do to get yourself murdered?"

There are many words to describe the senseless killing of Denver Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams. Unfortunate. Heartbreaking. Sad. But here's the one word we can't use in describing such a death: Unexpected.




AP Photo/Jack Dempsey
Why are we no longer shocked to hear that a black athlete has been murdered?Over the past 12 months, three NFL players have been shot, and in the past couple weeks, police discovered one NFL player, Bears defensive lineman Tank Johnson, had enough weapons in his home to mount a terrorist attack. University of Miami lineman Bryan Pata was shot to death at his apartment complex in November. In Denver alone, three notable athletes have been shot since 2003 – Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Joey Porter, Denver Nuggets guard Julius Hodge and now, tragically, Williams.

One unavoidable commonality about these episodes of gunplay: all of the athletes are black.

It leads to an inevitable question from all of us, but particularly mainstream America: Why do black athletes often seem to find themselves either holding a gun or staring down the barrel of one?

Real talk for a moment.

Contrary to stodgy opinions, young men have a right to go out. They want to hang with their peers. They want to talk to women. They want to show off a little of their success. Nothing wrong with any of that – as long as they're careful.

Who they're with, what time they're out and what they have is only a small part of the issue. The larger problem here is the one no one is ready to openly discuss.

While America is generally a violent place, no culture in this country glorifies violence more than the African-American community. And consequently, no other racial group is as disproportionately affected by it.

This isn't to say black people invented violence or have a penchant for it. But far too many of us glorify shooting people for revenge, perceived slights or to prove toughness. Two things you almost always see when "MTV Cribs" features a black superstar: a poster of Tony Montana and a poster of the Godfather. Montana and Michael Corleone, though fictional, are considered heroes by young black men everywhere. Montana and Corleone had one thing in common: both killed people to gain respect.

BET, the same network that saw fit to cut its nightly news program, has a new show called "American Gangster," which "chronicles the life and times of some of Black America's most notorious crime figures." It's explained that the program has a strong moral component and doesn't seek to glorify violence, but on BET's Web site the show is promoted by showing Ving Rhames, the king of cool, in slick gangster apparel – as if he were promoting a music video, not a show about violent criminals.

And sure enough, right beneath Rhames' promo ad, a BET dot.commer says, "Young, black males will look at this [show] as an inspiration."

Now, criminal biographies appear on The History Channel all the time, but the difference is that violence is often marketed to blacks in a way that makes it appear more sexy and daring.

Black men constantly receive the message that they can't make it in life through using legitimate means, and the only way they gain society's respect is through the street game.

This is the mentality black athletes greet when they go to the club. A recent Public Library of Science Medicine study shows black men living in urban America have the shortest life expectancy of any other racial group in the country. The life expectancy of a black man in Cleveland is closer to that of West Africans than the average white American. So wearing a jersey every Sunday doesn't protect you from anything.

Of course, movies and songs don't make people kill people, but they can influence the way people think and live.

But ultimately, if we want to see fewer black athletes as victims of violence, African-Americans must stop worshiping at the altar of their own demise.

Big Daddy Drew said...

beantown, they're called links. Look into them.

Beantown said...

HA - good one - I was already cutting and pasting from work my daily football news into a word document for later perusal, sorry about that!

$klimp$ said...

You're a degenerate doucenozzle, Beantown.

TheBigO said...

An industrial sized, hanging behind grandma's bathroom door, hot water bottle looking, hoses included, douchebag.

Beantown said...

Whatever G-money!

TheBigO said...

How'd you know my christian name? Damn, you're good.

Beantown said...

I'm not saying it's not a tragedy! I'm just saying that back in the day you would go out in the parking lot and get into a fist fight, nowadays you talk shit and someone is going to gun your ass down! It's more an indication of the times than Darrent's character.

Larry Bird Flu said...

Beantown: I guess I equate your reasoning with those who say that a drunk chick at a bar wearing slutty clothes deserves to get raped, otherwise why would she drink so much and dress that way? Yeah, it's a tragedy and all, but she probably kinda sorta had it coming.

Beantown said...

I hope you are being sarcastic but I still thought it was funny! But you are making my point, it sucks but that's the way it is nowadays. I'm not saying I concur with the logic but it happens all the time. People have guns now and it's a fact of life. Look at the Ray Lewis deal, your out with the boys at the Super Bowl and it's rowdy and shit but back in the day you would have some pushing and few punches thrown and it' over. Now somebody ends up shot and killed. It' senseless.

Captain Caveman said...

Beantown, I'm impressed. Your spelling and grammar are really quite good for someone who's such a gigantic dipshit.

Beantown said...

Yeah, and you have Shockey another complete dumbass on your post - excellent, I'm sure we are going to get some good info from you!

Sooo, I say he talked shit in a club and found some bangers that disagreed. All of you think this was just a random drive by. Educate me, what happened here?

BigRicks said...

Beantown, While I am a Shockey apologist, I'm sure I'm not the first to notice that CC's icon is OF Shockey being a douchebag because CC THINKS he is a douchebag, not because he likes him.

If I'm not mistaken it was Shockey pointing to the camera and then realizing that the other team scored and took the lead, possibly the 49ers playoff collapse a few years back. Chances are I just blocked it out of my memory.