Oakland Raiders: When Bubbles Burst, It’s Like an NFL Bust

May 14, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The history books will record the fact that JaMarcus Russell's bust is one of the biggest in NFL history. In the "Hall of NFL Busts," there are several players:
Ryan Leaf
Ki-Jana Carter
Akili Smith
Tony Mandarich
Charles Rogers
Heath Shuler
Blair Thomas
The word "bust" reminds me of the phenomena of a bubble. A bubble bursts (in my community, we grew up saying "busted bubble") when the pressure on the inside of the bubble is not equal to the pressure on the surface area outside of the bubble.
Let the word "pressure" be associated with "productivity." Let it also be represented by "worth" or "value" when connected to the efforts outside of a player.
So when the "productivity" of an NFL player (pressure on the inside or his innate talent and productivity) is not equal to the value or worth attributed to him by the owner of the franchise, that, ladies and gentlemen, is a bust or a bursted bubble!
Sometimes the busts occur because...

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