Vince Young Soup Would Taste Bitter Indeed

September 27, 2007 – 8:56 pm by McD

Vince Young is having a stellar career just a season and three games into his NFL life. He is currently everybody’s favorite young quarterback, a dual-threat who has managed to be good at running and not egregiously terrible at passing. The Titans are decent again and may even be headed to the playoffs. He is also typically regarded by the myriad pundits, wags, and talking heads as better than fellow 2006 draftees Matt Leinart and Jay Cutler. Basically, Vince Young is a few good games from becoming a real force of nature.

So, uh, Vince, why are you on 60 Minutes talking about how you lost the 2005 Heisman Trophy to Reggie Bush?

“I was angry about that situation, not bringing (the Heisman) back. And I wanted to show the world that I was the real Heisman Trophy winner. But on paper, Reggie Bush is the Heisman Trophy winner. I am not taking nothing (sic) from him, he knows he’s a phenomenal athlete.”

Initially, I was going to make fun of Vince for being so lame as to be bitter about losing to Reggie Bush. Instead, I’m a little angry at Vince for two reasons: first, he should be thanking his lucky stars that he lost to Reggie Bush. Without that slight by the Heisman voters, who’s to say Vince would have been motivated enough in the National Championship game against USC? Or in the NFL? In the big picture, losing is the best thing that ever happened to him. Also, he may have lost the Heisman battle, but he won the freaking war. How does he not see that?

Second, I realize that athletes are hyper-competitive, but that vote was two years ago and it’s the Heisman Trophy. It’s maybe the most meaningless major award there is. Half the time, the winners aren’t even good professional players. It’s as much of a crap-shoot as the NFL draft. Anyone hear anything interesting from Ron Dayne or Jason White lately? It says enough about Reggie Bush that he even lasted his rookie year. The 2005 Heisman vote came down to three great players, one of whom was the previous year’s winner. Doesn’t Reggie Bush deserve a little credit for outshining Matt Leinart, who had already won the damn thing?

Here’s our best advice for Vince: instead of dwelling on a stupid award you didn’t get, go make the playoffs, win the MVP, and then the Super Bowl. We’re pretty sure that’ll trump losing the Heisman Trophy.

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  1. 7 Responses to “Vince Young Soup Would Taste Bitter Indeed”

  2. VY uses it as motivation…he isn’t dwelling on it, just saying that he has a chip on his shoulder. Every game he shows everyone else in the country what Texas witnessed for 3 years.

    By Anonymous on Sep 28, 2007

  3. And please believe that VY would have been motivated for that title game the lead up to the whole damn Rose Bowl was how no one could beat that USC team and where do they rank amongst the all time great champions. THIS WAS BEFORE THE DAMN GAME.

    By Chad on Sep 28, 2007

  4. he taped this interview (like, where people ask him questions, and he’s supposed to answer honestly) about 3 months ago. it’s not like this is the one thing he still has on his chest and was just dying to tell the national media. who gives a shit?

    By Anonymous on Sep 28, 2007

  5. VY may yet win that Heisman if that Yahoo! Sports investigation into Reggie’s Momma’s House ever goes anywhere…

    By BF on Sep 28, 2007

  6. Yeah, not only was it taped, but he said he [i]was[/i] angry about it. As in past tense. I don’t know how you extrapolate him “dwelling” on it for two years from that.

    I think everyone knew he was pissed about it at the time. I really doubt he’s holding a grudge though, considering he was asking Reggie for Superdome tickets on the Monday Night game.

    By Brol on Sep 28, 2007

  7. It’s hard to hold the Heisman snub-motivation thing against Young. Whatever works, right?

    By Kevin Hayward on Sep 28, 2007

  8. Ah, but you’re all forgetting that Vince Young probably doesn’t win a national championship if Reggie Bush early on doesn’t toss away sure USC points by trying to pitch the ball to a teammate as Bush is being tackled!
    Reggie sometimes has a tendency to do boneheaded things!

    By Anonymous on Sep 29, 2007

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