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Andre Johnson in MMQB


http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/writers/peter_king/08/08/mmqb/index.html?eref=sihp


 I saw in MMQB that Peter King picked Larry Fitzgerald over AJ as the receiver he'd most like to have on his imaginary team. The quarterback on that team is probably Brett Favre. He did so based partially on age (which I think is the only area where Fitzgerald has a legitimate advantage over AJ) but based the rest of his decision almost entirely on Fitzgerald's stellar playoff run two years ago. As you may know, AJ has not been to the playoffs, and therefore does not have a comparable body of work.  Fitzgerald also never had Zoolander "throwing" to him.

I don't actually respect his opinion, but it still annoyed me. "Hey, this guy was really good in the playoffs and this other guy's never gotten a chance to play in the playoffs! Obviously, that first guy is better!" There's a word for this. In fact, an entire discipline to dedicated to explaining how wrong this is. The discipline is rhetoric, and the word is fallacy. I would heartily recommend that Mr. King consult this wikipedia entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fallacy . I'd argue that Mr. King is engaging in generalization here, but honestly this argument is probably susceptible to several catergorizations.

Just for comparison's sake, when Andre was Fitzgerald's age at the time of his playoff run, the Texan's leading passer was Zoolander and their leading rusher was Ron Dayne. Instead of starting across from Anquan Boldin, AJ lined up with late-period Eric Moulds.  The year was 2006, and while we were just stepping back from the ledge, the bottle of bleach was still firmly in hand. Even now I'd say it's still in the back of the fridge, just in case.  So forgive Andre if he didn't make it to the super bowl and have a dazzling performance in the post season that year. I'm sure he would've loved to do that. Frankly, I think there's a point to be made of the fact that AJ still plays for us despite the fact that until recently, he's been the best player on one of the worst teams in football. We're lucky to have him. I think we're luckier than the Cardinals, but I'm no Peter King.

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