Don’t Call It A Comeback: Can Plaxico Burress Have A Michael Vick Comeback?

Was Burress worth signing?

After being released from prison quarterback Michael Vick was ready to make his comeback to the NFL. With two years away from the game of football due to his sentence many doubted that Vick would be able to be an NFL quarterback once again.

However in his first season back he would play for the Philadelphia Eagles as the third string quarterback. Vick would complete 6 of his 13 attempts for 86 yards and one touchdown. The critiques poured out more stories and comments saying that Vick would never be the same. However the next season Vick would throw for 3,018 yards off of 233 completions for 21 touchdowns. Though, that wasn’t it as Vick would rush for 676 yards and 9 touchdowns. Vick was back and the critiques couldn’t say a word.

Now two years later after being released from prison wide receiver Plaxico Burress was ready to make a comeback. Like Vick many questioned if he would be able to make a comeback and be as productive as he was before if not better. Like we learned from Vick we can’t predict the future as only time will tell.

On July 31st, 2011 Burress would sign a one year $3.017 million guaranteed contract with the New York Jets. Playing in the same city that he did before except this time in different colors and with a new maturity level and a different mindset, this new and improved Plaxico Burress could just have a Michael Vick return.

The only problem is Vick made his comeback at 29 Burress is making his comeback at age 34, an age that some players call it quits just like Randy Moss is most likely doing this year. Though, in other cases some players play on into their 40’s like the great Brett Favre did and may be doing again this season.

Though, why age does play a factor however so does the team, the coach and the organization and in Burress’s case all three of those factors are all a very beneficial. Playing with an up and coming Mark Sanchez at the quarterback with an offensive line that may just be the best in football and having a pro bowl wide receiver lining up on the other side of him Burress couldn’t have chose a better spot to make a comeback then this.

Heads up New York why plane Burress may have had some high turbulence on its trip it’s now ended and it’s coming in for a smooth landing; destination Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis. (2011-12 Super Bowl Location)

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MLB: Yankees & Red Sox Open the Season

Sunday night marked the season debut for Major League Baseball.  The Yankees faced off against the Red Sox in Boston at Fenway Park.  The game initiating the first contest between the biggest rivalry teams  in baseball, and arguably, in sports period.  The game didn’t take long to heat up.  Only a couple innings in, Jorge Posada hit one of the shortest homeruns possible off the foul pole in right field.  The very next batter, Curtis Granderson, smacked a solo shot over the right center fielder giving the Yankees an early 2-0 lead.  The Red Sox would score 1 run in the bottom of the inning and the score would remain 2-1 until the 4th inning when the Yankees added 3 more.  With a 5-1 lead going into the 5th, the Red sox would begin their comeback.

Beckett had already been punched out of the game by the Yankees in the 5th inning.  Therefore, Sabathia looked to be the more prepared pitcher as manager, Joe Girardi, opted to leave him in to start the 6th.  The decision to leave him in was odd because Sabathia had given up a couple hard hits in the 5th and allowed the Red Sox a 2nd run, which easily could’ve been more.  After escaping a potential disaster in the 5th, Sabathia was up to an 85 pitch count which most managers would’ve assumed enough to call in a relief pitcher.  Instead, Sabathia came out for the 6th inning and let on a couple base runners, gave up a couple more hits and put runners in scoring position.  Still, Joe Girardi stuck with him until he had given up 3 more runs, ultimately leaving the Yankees and Red Sox tied at 5 going into the 7th.

The Yankees came back with 2 runs of their own, only to give them right back to Boston.  With the score all tied at 7, the Red Sox put 1 more run up in the 8th which ultimately sunk the Yankees, having been put on the losing end of an 8-7 thriller at Fenway.

The Yankees look to avenge their loss on Tuesday night at Fenway.  Needless to say, you can bet on an exciting game because neither team is ever counted out despite a several run deficit.  I believe that unless one of them is down by 10 runs, you can continue to call it a close game.