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Derrick Mason Has Heard Enough


From February right up until kickoff yesterday the main topic of concern from Ravens fans has been wide receiver.

Opinions have ranged from the need of an upgrade to taking shots to get a #1 type playmaker such as Anquan Boldin or malcontent Brandon Marshall. Most fans agreed that they didn’t feel that the current group had enough talent. Sure Mason is an experienced pro, but Mark Clayton and Demetrius Williams have had injury issues and have been plagued by inconsistency and Kelley Washington had caught three passes in as many years.

So yesterday with the Ravens fresh off a record breaking day offensively they were ready to respond to the criticism particularly from ESPN analysts Keyshawn Johnson and Cris Carter who also poked fun at the Ravens wide outs. Johnson was quoted saying, “You want a bum, you pay for a bum”.

But after the ball game Derrick Mason was ready to defend his honor.

From CBS Sports:

“Keyshawn Johnson is the bum, that’s why he’s in the analyst seat,” said Mason after catching four passes for 47 yards against Kansas City. “He tried to come back to football but no one would sign him. He was never that good a player. He got lucky and signed on in Tampa Bay and won a Super Bowl because they had a great defense.

“Just look at the two people doing the criticizing, that’s all I’m saying. Keyshawn was overrated and Carter is in the same boat I’m in. He doesn’t have a Super Bowl ring either. He’s in the analyst seat without a ring. At least I’m playing. He still wants to play but he can’t anymore. We’re the bums? That’s why you’re in the analyst seat. Just be quiet and keep dreaming you still could play.”


I will have to say that I haven’t found Carter to be that bad in the past though I still haven’t figured out why he picked against Baltimore in the Wild Card round against Miami. He didn’t have Direct Tv?

Keyshawn is another story. He’s almost in Emmit Smith territory. He offers little insight or professionalism in his reporting on game day and that’s a shame since he did play the game.

I know it shouldn’t matter because athletes get criticized all the time. But that competitive spirit is what you like to see from members of the team you cheer for. Mason and his mates are ready to prove a lot of people wrong.

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One Response to “Derrick Mason Has Heard Enough”

  1. Brian says:

    Didn’t the Bucs basically pay Keyshawn to stay away from the team during the 2003 season? Couldnt have been that good of a player if a team would pay him not to play. Go Mason!

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