Now if he could just stay off his backside long enough to put it to good use, who knows; maybe the Lions could get above .500 for the first time in a decade.
Seriously, though. Go ahead. Tell your friends. Given the immeasurable appeal and influence the Madden franchise has on the masses, Sundays at the bar shall no longer be graced by the classic “biggest arm” debate. No more inebriated oral dissertations on the physics of velocity versus distance. No more girlfriends wondering just who the hell Jay Cutler is — The one with the weak chin? Yeah, that’s him — it’s all over, and the folks at EA Sports are the ones to blame.
Indeed, the evil empire of sports video gaming recently released a sneak peek of some of its Madden 2011 Quarterbacks, and, with a “Throwing Power” rating of 97, Stafford shall now and forever be known as having the biggest and baddest of all the “laser, rocket arms” launching pigskins during the 2010 season.
In other news, Peyton Manning and Drew Brees are really, really good NFL QB’s — almost perfect, in fact, with 99 overall ratings — and the league’s suspected bias against the non-traditional, “athletic” QB is further confirmed by Vince Young’s 79.
Expect numerous “who’s better, who’s best?” arguments to come to screeching halts this Fall when these figures start getting thrown around; rosy cheeks will be abound. Get more ammunition here…
Meet Nick Marshall. He’s currently a Junior at Wilcox County High School, a small school tucked away in middle Georgia. He’s the QB on the football team that just won the State Championship. He possesses what Peyton Manning might describe as a “laser, rocket arm,” or something to that effect. He also plays basketball, and currently claims an offer from Florida State. Just recently he reportedly received his first offers as a 2011 QB from Georgia and Mississippi State. He’s that guy, and I think a lot more people are about to take notice over the next year or so.
Nearly all the currently available video of this kid requires premium membership to either Scout or Rivals (both highly recommended), but, as you can see, I was lucky enough to come across the video posted below on some site called YouTube. That clip is actually taken from a game during Marshall’s Sophomore season, which makes it all the more ridiculous. I mean, that’s a 15 or 16 year-old kid launching a football 70 yards in the air, on the run, while eluding defenders. Evolution? More evidence of just how far sports science has come? Who cares…
If a 30 second YouTube video simply eats too much into your plans, fast forward to the 14 second mark for the start of the insanity in question.