The other day I wrote:
4) CFB is has so many moving parts, perfect for sustaining football lust in the offseason. Your starting middle linebacker isn't just a static player - He has academics to watch, weight lifting (is he a workout warrior?), Spring Practice progress, statistics, game tape from YouTube, and reports of his on campus activity....
Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you Navarro Bowman. After a couple huge games in 2008 showed Bowman to be another great Penn State LB, his presence became ubiquitous in the blogosphere. He was named All Big 10 First Team in November of '08. After PSU's loss to USC, things quieted until March, when we at TRE started looking at what this stud OLB should be doing in the offseason. Apparently Bowman was using some of his free time to smoke MJ and not fulfill the terms of his probation for a past crime, leading to an April hearing and another year of probation. This quickly led to one of the best photoshop jobs ever done and some weeping and gnashing of teeth amongst the PSU faithful. Recently, better news broke that Navarro has been named to the the Preseason All American 2nd Team.
Is Bowman that good to deserve so much of our attention? Does it matter?
In a sport where 11 people playing together cohesively at one time is the ultimate goal, it seems we impart super stardom on singular players a bit too easily. Or maybe it's just a product of the instant quick news cycle and the offseason doldrums.