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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Carolina Panthers sign Vinny Testaverde

Off topic -- NFL football.

On Wednesday, the NFL Carolina Panthers continued a long and frustrating tradition of signing 40-year old quarterbacks.

With Jake Delhomme out for the season with a bum elbow and David "Mickey Mouse" Carr nursing a sore back, that left Matt Moore as the only healthy quarterback heading into week six. As a security measure, the Panthers went out and found 44-year old Vinny Testaverde. I guess Bart Starr was unavailable.
Carr thinks he can start on Sunday, but even if he does, you still need some contingency plan.

First it was old man Frank Reich, who was 34 years old when he took the starting quarterback job. Then there's that Kerry Collins fiasco. Then there was old man Steve Beuerlein, who was 32, then there was the 29-year old "rookie" Chris Weinke. Then the 35-year old Rodney Peete. Then Delhomme, then Carr. What do all of these have in common? Except for Weinke, they're all "old", and they're all journeymen. Castoffs.

In keeping with tradition, the Panthers have a 44-year old castoff journeyman who just might become the starting quarterback.

According to the linked article in the Observer, Testaverde is two years younger than David Carr's father.
I guess "Mickey Mouse" is off the hook now. He'll no longer be the butt of all the locker room jokes.


Anonymous said...

*snort* I guess a team has to do what a team has to do.

WufPirate said...

The guys on 850 the buzz compared trying to find your quarterback in week 6 of the NFL to finding your wife in a bar at 2:00.


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