Sit the Kid Down
Somebody needs to sit down with Reggie Bush and get his head on straight. Apparently, the dude is now threatening a holdout. Yeah, it's still early, but training camps are opening and things don't look good.
I try not to be a hater. Honest. But this Bush kid is starting to rub me the wrong way. First, it was all of the garbage that surfaced after he left USC. Apparetnly, he was living the good life, illegally. Granted, I have a hard time faulting a dude for taking a house for his family to use. Poverty sucks. if that was the case in this situation. Sometimes you got to do what you got to do. I may have done the same. But still, at some point it's about right and wrong and, unless Bush is a complete doofus, he knew the difference. He broke the rules. He thought he was special. And I seriously doubt a home for his mama was the extent of what he gladly took.
Then it was the issue about his uniform number. He wanted #5 even though that is not a number allowed to running backs in the NFL. Now, listen. I'm not a proponent of conformity, nor of "the man" dictating what others wear or how they look. That said, just pick a number beteen 20 and 49, run the ball, and shut the fuck up. I like the fact that NFL numbers are broken down by position. It sort of bugs me when I see a WR wearing, say, #18. It should be #81. It just should be. I like the fact that Doug Flutie and Bernie Kosar looked retarded in the 80's when they wore numbers in the twenties while in college. It was goofy. It was somehow completely wrong. The NFL has had its uniform numbers system in place for a long time and Reggie freakin' Bush isn't bigger or better than any other draftee that has entered the league. So sit down, shut up.
Presently, Bush is threatening to holdout. On one hand, I can empathize. Saints owner Tom Benson proved himself to be one of the biggest jagbags in sports a long time. I wouldn't doubt for a second that he's lowballing Bush hardcore.
However, Bush has allegedly demanded to be paid like the number one pick, which is odd considering, you know, he wasn't the number one pick. And thus I sense a trend. Bush believes he's above others. He's better than you or me. He doesn't need to obey the laws of college athletics. He doesn't have to abide by the same uniform code that everyone else has to and has for decades. He deserves the money a number one gets even though he wasn't selected in that spot. He just does. Because.
Yup, Reggie Bush is bigger than all that. Or so he believes.
Don't even get me started on Bush potentially turning his back on a chance to be a hero and a ray of hope in a city that desperately needs it.
Listen, I'm not saying Bush will be a major bust. I'm not saying he will be Blair Thomas or Curtis Enis or Rashaan Salaam. But he's not going to be nearly as good as so many presently think he will be. Dude's overrated.