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The myth of the "High Motor Man"


The next person who uses the phrase "high motor" to describe anything other than an 18 wheeler should have his balls chopped off with the claw end of a hammer.

The sports cliche "high motor" came into usage about 10 years ago as draftniks like Mel Kiper Jr. and his ilk began using the annoying coinage to describe people who have the "intangible" football benefit of possessing greater-than-average energy and enthusasium when engaging in a football match.  But it is a bunch of bullshit.  Let's take, for example, our Philadelphia Eagles as evidence that the "high motor" man doesn't amount to but two things...jack and shit.

First up:

http://www.philadelphiaeagles.com/news/Story.asp?story_id=4388&print=yes

Jesus Christ.  I can't get the image of that idiot getting repeatedly trucked and burned out of my mind no matter how many times I wack it to "The Golden Girls."  I mean it.

Here's another courtesy of ESPN Draft Tracker:

Te'o-Nesheim is limited athletically and does not show great lateral movement. On the plus side, he has great core strength for his size at 263 pounds. He plays the game with a high motor and gives great effort on every play. This might be a bit of a reach at this point, but the Eagles are looking for this type of player.

EvilBanner commentary: To my eyes, the key phrases are "limited athletically" and "does not show great lateral movement."  To Andy, the "high motor" intangible wins out over all other concerns.  Result: One bust, coming up.

Third time's a charm?

http://www.csnphilly.com/04/23/10/A-High-Motor-Enough-Reason-to-Take-Graha/landing.html?blockID=221819&feedID=704

The story's author said it best: "A good motor and relentless approach only get you so far in the NFL. Talent almost always wins out."

The takeaway is this: Get Nnamdi, trade Kolb, resign Vick and stop fucking around with this stupid "high motor" business.  We got beat because of a lack of talent, not a lack of hustle.  I am sure Dimitri Patterson and Winston Bustice try really hard.  Hell, they get pretty sweaty from what I've seen.  But they are not talented.  And that is why we lose in the playoffs every year.

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