“Man looks in the abyss, there’s nothing staring back at him. At that moment, man finds his character. And that is what keeps him out of the abyss.” -Oliver Stone
Yes, I watched ‘Wall Street’ yesterday; I wish I came up with that myself. The quote is from the character Lou Mannheim played by Hal Holbrook. He’s an old stock broker, but plausible mentor of the young Bud Fox, played by Charlie Sheen. He said the particular quote right before Bud Fox got arrested for insider trading. Sorry for the spoiler but I had to include that for the ultimate impact of the quote and how there are some things that can make us better within the face of adversity. This quote I think should have a deep meaning by the likes of NFL Players Michael Vick, Plaxico Burress and Braylon Edwards with their troubles this past year. I hope they have found their character because their conflicts are as dark as the abyss. It is in their own private struggle will they conquer themselves over their faults and I wish them nothing but the best. Every human is capable of forgiveness whether it is objective or personal, everyone should be seen by the same face. But this quote also applies to the ones that are developing their own character. Sometimes we all show signs of anger, fear, ignorance, immaturity, but as long as you remember who you are and who you want to be, you won’t fall into the abyss. Right now Brandon Marshall is in the abyss. Brandon’s recent acts of childish behavior and selfish attitude will forever deem him in his football career. The Denver Broncos recently suspended him for the preseason. If Brandon doesn’t want to participate for the upcoming season, then the team should and indeed they will, suspend him for the season. Will there be a trade? Not at the particular moment. The Broncos want a lot for him, similar to the Jay Cutler deal and I don’t think teams right now don’t have much to bargain after the draft and late in the Preseason. In baseball, blockbuster deals are the highs of the summer, but along with the weather, trades in football are cold. Brandon should get comfortable with his spot because I don’t think he deserves it. For example, Marshall punted a ball away from a ball boy, whose job is simply to grab the ball after a reception from a receiver. I say it again, the player literally couldn’t give a ball to a ball boy, instead showing his frustration, kicked the ball away. The ball boy didn’t deserve the boot, Marshall did. Out of the kid acts Brandon Marshall surprisingly reminds me of Bud Fox too, referring back to “Wall Street.” He wants more money to play; his own exposure, his bling, his eye for superstardom is what Bud Fox saw in Gordon Geiko, the infamous character Michael Douglas played in the movie “Wall Street.” In the movie, instead of following Lou Mannheim’s wisdom, Bud Fox was lured in to greed and illegal acts with Gordon Geiko. Brandon Marshall’s faults isn’t serious as Bud Fox’s but that lust for wanting more will be his struggle. Marshall’s talents are easy to block out his ambitions, but buyer beware, the man clearly thinks of himself over his coach, his teammates, his organization and his city. The only team that I can see getting him in the offseason would be a team without much to lose, like the St. Louis Rams or the Cleveland Browns, historically inconsistent teams this past decade. If by miracle a trade is done then I’m sure it’ll be a surprise, like the Michael Vick signing. And different cities usually mean different results as we are about to find out with Jay Cutler, but even Jay has admitted to be the same guy with the same attitude. Brandon Marshall now can’t hide his ego and will pay the cost. The team that will take the risk would have to give him a good torch out of the darkness.