Friday, March 28, 2008

The NFL Airbrushes History

Galley Brother B.J. notices this re-imagining of recent NFL draft history:

In rebuilding the Chargers from the ruin of eight straight years without a winning record, Smith has assembled, mostly through the draft, what many believe to be the deepest roster in the NFL. His trademark is his decisiveness (some might call it stubbornness), which showed when he drafted (and then traded) Eli Manning against Manning's wishes, and last offseason, won a power struggle with former coach Marty Schottenheimer.

San Diego traded Eli against his wishes? Does anyone else remember Old Man Manning proclaiming that Eli would never play for a small-market team and that if they didn't trade him to a larger market, he'd sit a year?


Phil Prenger said...

I think the "against his wishes" part is only meant to apply to San Diego drafting Eli.

Anonymous said...

Yep. It's not a rewriting of history - just a misplaced parenthetical.

Anonymous said...

It's not a misplaced parenthetical, the parentheses around "and trading" are what allows the interpretation that the "against his wishes" part applies to the drafting, not the trading. when I read it I took it exactly as prenger did.