Oh my. How long has it been since I wrote about NFL superstar Marshawn Lynch? Ages.
But I have been keeping a close eye on Beast Mode. Well pretty much. It’s challenging to watch the NFL these days, and since Shawn retired from the Seahawks then after a break signed on with the Raiders, I’ve only watched highlights.
Lynch is back for another season with Oakland, and as “luck” would have it the Raiders are playing the Seahawks, Marshawn’s former team, in London. What a gas. It’s an annual thing the NFL does — sending two teams to play each other — trying to spread American football to the UK. Good luck with that. However, Brits do turn out for the novelty act that it is. We invented true football.
To promote it, Marshawn tackles some British slang but ends up getting tackled himself. Try some cockney rhyming slang on him next time.
I thought I was a Seattle Seahawks fan. I truly did. I didn’t care at all that I was called a bandwagoner. Who cares? I was having the time of my life cheering them on.
I learned however, when Shawn Lynch left, or retired from, the Seahawks that I was not a Seahawks fan, at all. I only liked to watch them play. There is a difference.
Actually I learned a bit earlier than that.
I learned I was not a Seahawks fan at all when Lynch was injured, subsequently underwent surgery and out for the remainder of the season. I did not watch a single Seahawks game that Lynch was not in.
When I saw that the Seahawks had given Lynch’s number to another player when they should have retired it in honour of what he contributed to the team I went from disinterest to disgust with the Seahawks.
So what that Lynch came out of retirement and is wearing number 24 for his beloved Raiders.
Some have tried to defend the move citing some little known rule. Whatever. We all know those types of rules mean very little and are overlooked or ignored whenever it suits the front office.
Reassigning the number Lynch made famous with the Seattle Seahawks was a snub, plain and simple.
Mr. Lynch rather predictably didn’t even notice and in typical fashion doesn’t care. At all. He isn’t like the rest of us who say we don’t care then harbour feelings of hurt or betrayal. To normal folks something like this would at least sting a little. Not Lynch. He has a mental toughness few can understand or ever relate to because he has seen what real hurt is.
Plus, Lynch probably has more important things on his mind, like winning a Super Bowl with his beloved hometown team the Oakland Raiders. It is a long shot of course, but John Gruden knows exactly how to use and manage Lynch, and he will squeeze every ounce of magic left in the future Hall of Fame runner, if there is any.
Lynch wouldn’t have it any other way. As he famously says, “It’s about that action Boss.”
“Marshawn Lynch hit the beach with Luis Badillo Jr. who’s said to have the fastest feet in the world. He’s trained world class athletes like Cristiano Ronaldo, Asafa Powell and tons of NFL players. This time, he flew up to the Bay Area to put in some work with the Oakland Raiders star — and it’s clear these dudes ain’t messin’ around.”
SHAWN WATCH — The ESPN Body Issue will go Beast Mode again in 2017. Or so the story goes.
CBS News released a teaser of ESPN’s upcoming body issue with six images. I excitedly flipped through them and the only running back they showed (twice) was Dallas Cowboys rusher Ezekiel Elliott who is also on the cover.
That’s nice. But not the running back I want and probably most everyone else wants to see. Come on ESPN! We want to see our man.
In the meantime Lynch is preparing for his return to professional football with the “home team” while giving out free haircuts for good grades and 2,000 free waterpark tickets to Oakland kids, among other things.
But Business Insider reports, “Marshawn Lynch, one of the newest members of the Oakland Raiders, has been quick to ingratiate himself with the city’s youth.”
Don’t you hate that sort of jaded reporting? Oh, look. The author Sam Belden is a Sports Intern at Business Insider. Do your homework Sam and offer some facts instead of uninformed opinions.
Fact. Lynch does not ingratiate himself with anyone.
Fact. Lynch chose to stay in his community when he could easily have left.
Fact. Lynch has been helping the youth in the Oakland area since he joined the NFL in 2007.
“Marshawn Lynch joined the Oakland Raiders on April 27 under much fanfare. He took number 24 as expected and the orders immediately started pouring in from fans wanting a piece of history as Beast Mode will finally suit up for his hometown team. Making his jersey the top selling for the month of May at NFL shop.