Point/Counterpoint: Does Herschel Walker Have A Career In MMA?
Published: September 25th, 2009
By: Patrick Newell

The Evening Sun’s staff, while friendly and professional in the newsroom, often times (making that most of the time) will disagree on the issues of the day. While we could save our discussions for ourselves, we occasionally like to bring that banter to the readers in a forum we call Point/Counterpoint. Today, staff writer Mike McGuire and sports editor Patrick Newell weigh in on some current sports issues.

PN: Mike, I read earlier this week that Herschel Walker was signed by Strikeforce (a MMA competitor of the UFC), to fight at an “unspecified date.” I’ll grant that Hersch is in great shape, not just for a 47-year-old, and he has a long history participating in martial arts. But let’s get real here, he hasn’t competed against top-level athletes since he retired in 1997, and he is definitely not on the cutting edge of this evolving sport. How can he possibly expect success against guys 20 years his junior? Well, may Kimbo Slice or another tomato can is available. ...

MM: Pat, “signed by Strikeforce” isn’t the right way to put it. Herschel Walker has been unleashed on Strikeforce. So what if he hasn’t competed against top-level athletes since 1997? He’s probably been fighting bears and tigers in a garage. Aside from never lifting a weight in his life and still being eternally chiseled, the man is a sixth-degree black belt, an Olympian, and says he has multiple personalities. I’m going to assume, like everyone should, that he is as gifted and punishing as ever. Not to mention, being 47 with a mental disorder makes him unpredictable. He’s also a nice guy, and will likely be underestimated in MMA. This is a good fit. Football, with all its pads, rules and requirements, was only a leash holding this manimal back.

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