On NFL Network this week, there was a segment with Adam Shefter where he was asked about Reggie Bush's "slump" against Green Bay after a great first game the week before. Shefter actually said "Well, the thing with Reggie is that he doesn't actually have to produce to be effective. Just being on the field causes the defense to focus on him, making everyone else around him better..." So Reggie gets a free pass even when he doesn't dazzle us on the field. Nice. But Mario, when he gets double-teamed...or when we put him up against the opposing o line's best player, and thus other players like Demeco Ryans are getting 13 tackles (as a rookie), or Travis Johnson is slipping into the backfield and pulling down the running back as he gets the hand off, then Mario is in no way also helping our defense in the same manner? Other teams are NOT gameplanning against Mario at all? They're not saying to their blockers during the week leading up to the game against Houston "Hey, this guy can motor, so let's focus on him OK?" Proof again that the sports media sees what they WANT to see. Proof again that they will parse stats and say "Mario had another poor outing" while propping up "their guy" by ignoring the stats and playing the "Well, just being on the field is making a huge difference." Proof that the sports geeks we grew up with, the guys in the hallways that drove you crazy because they relentlessly propped up "their guy" even in the face of contradicting evidence that proved otherwise are all grown up and now they have a microphone and a TV camera to continue to be the twirp that they've always been. Nice. And you just thought you had grown up and graduated from high school. Apparently, we're still facing the same old twirps we did in our school days. Guys who said Christian Okoye would be a Hall of Famer. Guys who said Brian Bosworth could destroy Bo Jackson. Guys who said Percy Snow would be an elite LB (just as they are saying Derrick Johnson will also be a great LB). Same story, different year.