Do we take the Prize or the Cash ?

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  1. nunusguy

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    "Every decade or so, some NFL team has the opportunity to draft a player who instantly changes everything. Bush is one of those players. The Texans may be one of those teams.
    http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/sports/justice/3547031.html
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    Lets say you're flat broke and out of work, but suddenly and dramatically you're luck changes: you win a contest with a prize ! But you have the choice
    of taking the prize, which we will say is a shining new Lamborghini, or the market value equivalent in cash. I say take the cash and buy a descent house to live in, open a savings account at the Bank, and keep the modest form of transportation you already have.
    But Richard Justice says keep payin rent and take the flashy set of wheels.
     
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    Good comparison. I don't need a flashy car. My Carr is OK.

    What I do need is a nice safe place to live with walls of protection and a place to pass the time.
     
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    What Justice wrote you have seen many times on this board. He is only a human - has one pair of eyes, one nose, one mouth etc. He has seen Bush on SportsCenter and seen the nationally televised games. He brings nothing to the table in why we should select Bush, except for a flimsy helping of Carr with another dump down option. This is purely opinion, one I would vehemently disagree with, from a paper that has done nothing in the last couple of years to warrant any new new subscriptions on their coverage of football.
     
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    That's all good but what I want to know .If we beat the niners next week that make both teams 3-13,who gets the #1 overall pick in the Draft?
     
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    the team with the weakest SOS. right now the Saints have the lowest winning % based on their opponents record. we will just have to wait until next week when all the games are played and the numbers are tabulated :pigfly:

    that being said this game should be used for evaulating talent, the Texans should bench Carr & start Ragone. start Hollings. rest Pitts and give Wand one more chance & let AJ sit down for Armstrong. better than throwing the game with starters, the Texans control thier destiny :pigfly:
     
  6. Texan in Japan

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    Although interesting, I'm not sure your analogy applies in this instance. The cash is a sure thing and add'l draft picks are rarely "sure things." Although Bush could break a leg or severely hurt himself, he's still as sure of a thing that has come around in several drafts. Check out this article below...

    Bush should be the No. 1 pick ... and No. 2
    Posted: Wednesday December 21, 2005 10:59AM; Updated: Wednesday December 21, 2005 2:15PM

    Although offering unsolicited advice is one of our favorite pastimes here at the Hot Button, we realize that in the area of player personnel decisions we are just guessing like everyone else. General managers, scouts and coaches are far more experienced in evaluating talent than we are and much more qualified to make draft day decisions, so in the end, we almost always defer to their judgment.

    But not this time.

    This time, the subject is Reggie Bush, the phenomenal tailback from USC, and we're having a hard time fathoming what we're hearing, specifically, the idea that the team that winds up with the No. 1 pick shouldn't necessarily use it on Bush. To those who are offering this notion, we would recommend extensive testing for hallucinogenic drugs, and following that, a brain scan.

    Drafting Bush with the first pick is a slam-dunk, a no-brainer, the only logical move. Are we making ourselves clear? The Houston Texans, San Francisco 49ers, New York Jets or whichever lucky team ends up with the top pick would be foolish to over-think this. Their draft-day strategy should consist of two words: Draft Bush. Draft him as soon as humanly possible. Do not let commissioner Paul Tagliabue even finish his sentence on draft day.

    TAGLIABUE: Now on the clock, the Houston Tex--

    TEXANS: Reggie Bush!

    We would not only draft Bush with our first pick, we'd also draft him again with our second, just to be sure. Bush is that spectacular, that rare, that sure-fire, game-changing a talent. When that type of player comes along -- an Elway, a LeBron, a Jordan, a Gretzky -- any team would be foolish to let him get away. The argument is that teams like the Texans, 49ers or Jets need much more than just one player, no matter how great he may be, and it would make sense for them to trade the pick for multiple draft choices and/or players in order to fill more holes.

    That would be a logical line of thinking in most years, when there are nothing more than very good players in the draft. But Bush is more than that. He is a Halley's Comet kind of player. We here at the Hot Button have been fortunate enough to see him up close on several occasions during his college career and his speed, his moves and his underrated strength will make him an NFL star from his first carry. Trust us.

    Besides, as far as we know, drafting Bush in the first round does not preclude a team from actually drafting other players in subsequent rounds. Fill out that offensive line in the second and third rounds. Look for that pass-rushing defensive end in the fourth or fifth. Don't pass up Bush's quality for quantity.

    There is also a school of thought that suggests that at 6-feet, 200 pounds, Bush may not be big enough to absorb the kind of pounding that an every-down running back has to face. Tiki Barber of the New York Giants faced similar doubts, and at last check he was in his ninth season and second in the league in rushing this year.

    Bush might very well be that durable a back, but even if he's not, who says he needs to carry the ball off-tackle 25 times to be worth No. 1 pick status? A creative offensive coordinator would be in heaven with Bush, giving him 12-15 carries out of the backfield, throwing a few screens to him, lining him up in the slot or split out wide in other situations, much the way the St. Louis Rams' Marshall Faulk was used in his prime, when he was the most dangerous back in the league.

    It's true that Bush benefited from having a dominant offensive line in front of him at USC, but he makes linemen look good just as often as the other way around. All he needs is a crack to get past the line of scrimmage, and the rest is largely his own improvisation and instincts. Rarely has an NFL star been so clearly in the making. On second thought, we'll withdraw our advice because it shouldn't be necessary. Any team that would even hesitate to grab Reggie Bush clearly doesn't deserve him.
     

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