Oakland Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell
doesn't get a lot of respect in the Bay Area, or anywhere else for that matter. Even if he's persona non grata
in Oakland, though, there's one place where he's unquestionably the king. That would be his home town of Mobile, Ala., where Russell will preside over Mardi Gras
as King Elexis I. The Mobile Area Mardi Gras Association made that announcement on Tuesday.
"Okay," you're thinking. "The NFL's least accurate quarterback is the king of Mardi Gras in his hometown. Don't Mardi Gras celebrations usually include a parade? And don't they usually throw things during those parades?" Oh, the irony.
Just in case you're wondering, yes, there's a Mardi Gras parade in Mobile; yes, they throw many things
during that parade; and no, I wouldn't be particularly surprised to read headlines like "Dozens Injured, Hundreds of Windows Smashed in Mobile by Errantly Thrown Mardi Gras Trinkets."
We kid, of course, but just because Russell has had a rough
season or two
career doesn't mean he's a bad person. Bear in mind that we're talking about the man who let Fats Domino and several more people live in his apartment
in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. If anything, this honor is overdue. The people of Mobile should be proud to claim his as one of their own, and they are.