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Old 03-22-2012, 05:45 PM   #256
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I think it's a natural reaction to compare black quarterbacks with one another. For instance, last season I would hear commentators compare RGIII to Cam Newton frequently instead of, say, Matt Barkley who was/is still in college.

What's funny is that the reverse never happens. Football analysts don't compare white QBs to, say, Donovan McNabb or even Vince Young. It's usually Vince Young, McNabb, David Gerrard, Cam Newton -- they lump them together. Not always, but more often than not. But if you look at the top all-time leading rushing quarterbacks, off the top of my head, I would say it's Michael Vick, Randall Cunningham, Steve McNair, Steve Young in there somewhere, and Fran Tarkenton. John Elway has to be in the top ten, too. So it's actually pretty even once you remove race and look at statistics.
"Natural reaction" is a good way of putting it, because I don't think it is racial or even conscious. People have a "natural" tendency to view others in groups, rather than as individuals. For example, if you support Ron Paul, then you must be some militiaman conspiracy whacko, or if you are an Eagles fan you are as dumb as a rock.
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Old 03-22-2012, 05:49 PM   #257
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After watching both pro days, I'm stoked we will get either guy. Both guys are going to be great pro's.. Our FO has done a great job building this team, and now putting us in position to draft a great QB.
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"Natural reaction" is a good way of putting it, because I don't think it is racial or even conscious. People have a "natural" tendency to view others in groups, rather than as individuals. For example, if you support Ron Paul, then you must be some militiaman conspiracy whacko, or if you are an Eagles fan you are as dumb as a rock.
You're thinking of Cowboys fans (seriously, the most moronic fanbase I've ever spoken to). Eagles fans are just assholes, .
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I think it's a natural reaction to compare black quarterbacks with one another. For instance, last season I would hear commentators compare RGIII to Cam Newton frequently instead of, say, Matt Barkley who was/is still in college.

What's funny is that the reverse never happens. Football analysts don't compare white QBs to, say, Donovan McNabb or even Vince Young. It's usually Vince Young, McNabb, David Gerrard, Cam Newton -- they lump them together. Not always, but more often than not. But if you look at the top all-time leading rushing quarterbacks, off the top of my head, I would say it's Michael Vick, Randall Cunningham, Steve McNair, Steve Young in there somewhere, and Fran Tarkenton. John Elway has to be in the top ten, too. So it's actually pretty even once you remove race and look at statistics.

I guess my point is, in all of my rambling, there's a tendency to attribute athletic prowess first when analyzing black quarterbacks over football acumen and mechanics, which are typically attributed to white quarterbacks. When a white QB scrambles well we hear words like, "he's mobile". When a black guy moves well outside the pocket, we here "he's athletic". Not that any of this is racist or people are willfully ignorant, I think we've sub-consciously absorbed a lot of "old thinking" when comparing certain positions.

Rant over. I hope you guys didn't take any of this the wrong way.
Astute post. The behaviors you describe can be explained by schemas, and we don't like to have our schemas change. Info follows.

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A schema is a cognitive framework or concept that helps organize and interpret information. Schemas can be useful, because they allow us to take shortcuts in interpreting a vast amount of information. However, these mental frameworks also cause us to exclude pertinent information in favor of information that confirms our pre-existing beliefs and ideas. Schemas can contribute to stereotypes and make it difficult to retain new information that does not conform to our established schemas.

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The original concept of schemata is linked with that of reconstructive memory as proposed and demonstrated in a series of experiments by Bartlett (1932). By presenting participants with information that was unfamiliar to their cultural backgrounds and expectations and then monitoring how they recalled these different items of information (stories, etc.), Bartlett was able to establish that individuals' existing schemata and stereotypes influence not only how they interpret "schema-foreign" new information but also how they recall the information over time. One of his most famous investigations involved asking participants to read a Native American folk tale, "The War of the Ghosts", and recall it several times up to a year later. All the participants transformed the details of the story in such a way that it reflected their cultural norms and expectations, i.e. in line with their schemata. The factors that influenced their recall were:

Omission of information that was considered irrelevant to a participant;

Transformation of some of the details, or of the order in which events, etc., were recalled; a shift of focus and emphasis in terms of what was considered the most important aspects of the tale;

Rationalization: details and aspects of the tale that would not make sense would be "padded out" and explained in an attempt to render them comprehensible to the individual in question;

Cultural shifts: the content and the style of the story were altered in order to appear more coherent and appropriate in terms of the cultural background of the participant.
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Old 03-22-2012, 06:25 PM   #261
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I agree, but the hype-meter has gone through the roof since Griffin's pro day yesterday. I always wonder if something like that may sway a GM on the fence.
I think hype-meters are mostly for the fans.
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Old 03-22-2012, 06:40 PM   #263
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To be honest they both looked great. We can't lose I'm satisfied with either.
I agree, they both looked great, I liked the fact that Luck did his outdoors, you know Skins outdoors Colts indoors.
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Luck's attractiveness is a step below RGIII's.
Griffin woul be fine if he cut the dreads. Luck should just be happy he's a tall star QB
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Old 03-22-2012, 07:46 PM   #265
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For those that have seen both, what is your sense? Is there a clear and immediate winner? Given yesterdays performance, do you think the colts will select RG3 over Luck?
Luck throws on the move a lot better than Griffin does. Something struck me as negative about the way Griffin was selling his play fakes from under center. I'm probably overanalyzing something that was very foreign to him, but Griffin likes to set his feet before releasing the ball, and that's going to be interesting in the zone/stretch/boot game. I think Luck profiles better as the play action quarterback.

Griffin sells play action really well from the gun though, so if the Redskins want to incoporate shotgun running into their offense this year, Griffin gives them an excellent centerpiece to build that around.

From the pocket, it was tough to make a comparison. Griffin can absolutely drive the ball downfield. Luck threw it really, really well downfield in the conditions, but it wasn't as impressive as Griffin, maybe just because Griffin was throwing indoors.

The ball jumps off of Griffin's hand. You can see even just by looking at his delivery that he drives the football pretty effortlessly. Luck doesn't ever look like hes throwing hard, but he has an absolute gun in the intermediate game. Hard to say if that translates to the deep passing game, where he displayed impressive distance, but the ball kept hanging on him in the wind.

Overall, I thought Luck was more impressive at his pro day, but that could just be an effect of the way each workout was scripted. Griffin wanted to show that he could do 90% under center stuff, and that's just not all that exciting. The opinion that teaching a shotgun passer footwork is difficult is so very 2003. Luck showed a lot more because he entered with fewer doubters, IMO.
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Griffin woul be fine if he cut the dreads. Luck should just be happy he's a tall star QB
This cracks me up that we all talk about how attractive each is.

Tony freakin' Romo is tapping models and actresses... It's obvious it doesn't matter what you look like.
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Old 03-22-2012, 07:59 PM   #267
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This cracks me up that we all talk about how attractive each is.

Tony freakin' Romo is tapping models and actresses... It's obvious it doesn't matter what you look like.

Well said.
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This cracks me up that we all talk about how attractive each is.

Tony freakin' Romo is tapping models and actresses... It's obvious it doesn't matter what you look like.
So true... they've got money, fame, and women. And they play football for a freaking living. Something we'd all die to be able to do.

Meanwhile us internet geeks are taking shots at their looks, hilarious.
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I watched both and felt RGIII did better. He showed his quick feet, made the accurate passes and he played thriller in the background. Luck had a simulated rush but everyone knows what RGIII can do under pressure. I feel that RGIII's performance was scripted for the Redskins.
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Old 03-22-2012, 08:21 PM   #270
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I agree, they both looked great, I liked the fact that Luck did his outdoors, you know Skins outdoors Colts indoors.
RG3 did his indoors because he heard about our NEW practice bubble. LOL
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