Matt Ryan: The NFL’s Stephen Strasburg?

June 9, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

While watching yet another Pittsburgh Pirate strike out at the plate.....
It was the first time the ball left his hand, the home crowd waiting in anticipation, it stood in mid-air for what seemed like an eternity.  Flash bulbs filled the stadium as the ball made contact with its target past the overmatched opponent. 
Instantly, everyone knew that something different was taking place for a moribund franchise, that history was being created right in front of their eyes.
Though I could very easily be describing the exhilaration that occurred last night at Nationals Park with the debut of Washington Nationals phenom pitcher Stephen Strasburg, it reminded me of the very first time Falcons QB Matt Ryan threw a pass in an NFL regular-season game against the Detroit Lions in 2008.
With every 101 MPH fastball and 95 MPH sinker that flew past the Pittsburgh hitters, the fans of Washington DC saw something more than a commanding presence on the mound, ...

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