There are so many questions that arise out of the apparent beef between Washington Redskins running back Clinton Portis and former Redskin turned media member Brian Mitchell, a man who apparently has license to refer to himself in the third person, and enough clout to be referred to as “B-Mitch.”
The D.C. Sports Bog chronicles their on-air tiff this afternoon if you care to read some of the heated exchange, but what was said is not the issue. What’s at issue is the fact Mitchell, well-past his glory days of being a kickoff return specialist, is now trying to make the most of his media “career” to be a star.
And much like his playing career, he just doesn’t have star quality.
People debate who was better between Walter Payton and Barry Sanders. Joe Montana and John Elway. You ever heard anybody debating who was a better special teams player between Brian Mitchell and Eric Metcalf? Didn’t think so. Is special teams important? Is it a notable aspect of the sport? Absolutely, when Devin Hester has run one back and you are rewinding the TiVo for your homeboy that just made the beer run.
So while “B-Mitch’s” stats may be gaudy, they are anonymous in the stat-obsessed sports world. And if you are relatively anonymous, should you really try to create yourself to be more than that?
No. You take lessons well learned from high school and play your position. Brian Mitchell carved out a career and a small fortune playing a position that suited him well, so to turn it all over now for a chance to make his jealousy and envy apparent to fans over the airwaves is hateration in its purest form.
Why hate on Clinton Portis? Because he’s been one of the most productive backs in NFL history in his brief career? Because he’s a major part of the Redskins success? Or because his gritty portrayal of Southeast Jerome is the stuff stars are made of?
In either case, the entire New School-needs-to-respect-the-Old-School mentality is so played out. Brian Mitchell had his time, and the fact that he’s trying to create more of it in his new life as a media member shows just how dissatisfied he was with how his previous life as an NFL player turned out.