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Monday, January 13, 2020

Take care of y'all chicken

There isn't a lot of grammar, or IQ, in Marshawn Lynch's parting advice for the young sportsman, but there is a surprising amount of wisdom:
“It’s a vulnerable time for a lot of these young dudes, you feel me? They don’t be taking care of their chicken right, you feel me? If they was me or I had the opportunity, the opportunity to let them know something, I say, ‘Take care of y’all money because that s— don’t last forever.’ Now I’ve been on the other side of retirement, and it’s good when you get over there and you can do what the f— you want to, so I tell y’all right now while y’all in it: Take care of y’all bread so when you’re all done, you go ahead and take care of yourself. So while y’all at it right now, take care of y’all bodies. Don’t take care of y’all chicken, don’t take care of y’all mentals, ’cause we ain’t lasting that long.

“I had a couple players that I played with that they no longer here no more, they no longer — so you feel me? Start taking care of y’all mental, y’all bodies and y’all chicken for when you’re all ready to walk away, you walk away and be able to do what you want to do, but I appreciate it. Thank you all and have a good day.”
Never confuse intelligence with wisdom. And never discount observation because it cannot be properly explained.

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83 Comments:

Blogger Gettimothy January 13, 2020 8:28 AM  

beautiful!

Blogger YehudaL January 13, 2020 8:30 AM  

Word

Blogger Silent Draco January 13, 2020 8:31 AM  

Confusing, but the message is clear: Take care of yourself and pay attention to your finances. You won't play forever, and that last contract's money may have to last a long time. For a lot of players, that could be the rookie contract.

After two readings, it made sense. It's like the wisdom of Berra, the great Yogi. Works for everyone.

Blogger Harsh January 13, 2020 8:43 AM  

2020 resolution: take care of my chicken. Check.

Blogger Shane Bradman January 13, 2020 8:45 AM  

Sometimes the less intelligent the man, the more true and wise the things he says.

Blogger rumpole5 January 13, 2020 8:52 AM  

I see no reason to question this fellow's intelligence simply because he is quoted in his native tongue:

https://youtu.be/yzIcec_bQss

His wisdom is evident in any language.

Blogger Balkan Yankee January 13, 2020 9:02 AM  

Swoop to the Vox Pop to take y'all mental.

Or something like that.

Blogger FisherOfMen January 13, 2020 9:09 AM  

Can anyone type up a translation for a poor white-bread Midwesterner like me?

Blogger Brett baker January 13, 2020 9:12 AM  

Pretty sound advice.

Blogger szook January 13, 2020 9:19 AM  

Yo, Dog....just yo...

Blogger pdwalker January 13, 2020 9:35 AM  

wisdom is wisdom, regardless of the source

Blogger Nostromo January 13, 2020 9:46 AM  

Sounds smarter than Krugman.

Blogger Requited Hate January 13, 2020 9:51 AM  

This dude attended Cal.

Blogger KPKinSunnyPhiladelphia January 13, 2020 9:53 AM  

That was great.

Now you can why Marshawn never wanted to talk to the press. He had enough sense, and apparently quite a lot of sense, not to expose his unique linguistic -- ahem -- powers to the public.

Alas, we won't be seeing Marshawn commentating on the NFL Network anytime soon.

But he will always be the "BEAST."

Blogger SB71 January 13, 2020 9:58 AM  

Let's not forget the great Charles Haley's sage advice (courtesy of the San Jose Mercury News):

"Haley ... has taken a proactive approach with the 49ers and Cowboys in mentoring younger players. In May [2012], he spoke to the 49ers rookie class about his successes and troubles.

"Said Haley: "As far as the rookies, and I know they probably got mad, but I said, ‘Why don’t you all act like the white guys? You never see them in the paper getting high or hitting people. Why don’t you act like that?’ They all looked at me [like I was] crazy.”

Blogger Dan in Georgia January 13, 2020 10:00 AM  

He’s talking about delayed gratification. A predictor of success for children called “The Marshmallow Test” was eerily accurate throughout entire lifetimes based on a test taken in preschool.

Blogger Haus frau January 13, 2020 10:01 AM  

Reminds me of Mohammed ali schooling that smarmy british interviewer about miscegenation. I've always heard Ali had an iq that hovered around room temperature but he stood head and shoulders above the sjw brit who tried to shame him.

Blogger Ingemar January 13, 2020 10:06 AM  

I just had a realization this morning that you don't need to have high intelligence in order to be virtuous. Indeed, high intelligence is better suited to rationalizing evil.

Blogger Rough Carrigan January 13, 2020 10:11 AM  

Amen.
One of the biggest problems in the U.S. is that warped dullards who went to highly esteemed universities always imply that this means they're intelligent. And they then try to imply that this putative intelligence means that their chosen courses of action are wise. Neither of these propositions is necessarily true and the more that they lean on them the more one becomes certain that they're not.

Blogger Ominous Cowherd January 13, 2020 10:14 AM  

A wise man speaks in the language his audience understands. Obviously he was doing that, and obviously we weren't his audience.

Blogger tuberman January 13, 2020 10:22 AM  

On first reading I thought "...taking care of their chicken right" meant taking care with the people they care about, but what do I know? Taking care of money is wisdom too.

Blogger Tars Tarkas January 13, 2020 10:23 AM  

The number of athletes that go broke is astounding, especially in football where we pretend they are college educated and can handle all the money.

Also, never ever let your own prejudices allow you to underestimate someone who has risen to the top of a hierarchy. Ya feel me?

Blogger Manuel January 13, 2020 10:25 AM  

I feel you, brah, appreciate you

Blogger Middle American Water Tower Man January 13, 2020 10:31 AM  

Dat jus strait up truf brudda! I remember having to translate to our quarterback whenever our one black player tried to bring in the play call from the sideline so I understand dis wisdom.

Blogger Seth S January 13, 2020 10:35 AM  

I prefer ducks

Blogger DougW January 13, 2020 10:38 AM  

While he may be right, this STILL gave me a headache.

Blogger Ominous Cowherd January 13, 2020 10:42 AM  

Rough Carrigan wrote:One of the biggest problems in the U.S. is that warped dullards who went to highly esteemed universities always imply that this means they're intelligent.
Marshawn went to UC Berkley, and he's probably borderline retarded. Charles Haley went to James Madison U, might be average or better for his race. I wouldn't assume that top school equals top IQ for any who might get affirmative action points.

The sad thing is that both those men obviously have far more sense than the less-retarded-but-thoroughly-PC grads from their schools. Who at James Madison is telling young Black men:
‘Why don’t you all act like the white guys?'

Blogger DougW January 13, 2020 10:45 AM  

"People don't think retirement be like it is, but it do"

Blogger mgh January 13, 2020 11:14 AM  

Owen can advise about taking care of ya'll chicken.

Blogger VD January 13, 2020 11:21 AM  

Alas, we won't be seeing Marshawn commentating on the NFL Network anytime soon.

They should absolutely hire him. That would be must-see TV. Especially if they provided subtitles. Although I was also impressed with the Green Bay comedy duo:

Preston: “Got our cardio in today, running after Russell.”

Za’Darius: “What’s that thing you said about chasin’ him?”

Preston: “Like chasin’ a chicken in a field with no fence.”

Blogger Alexamenos January 13, 2020 11:27 AM  

It seems like 'take care ya'll chicken' means that you gotta make hay while the sun's shining.

Blogger JohnofAustria January 13, 2020 11:33 AM  

Take care of your mind and body (clean living and medical care for injuries) and save your money, don't buy bling.

Blogger Stilicho January 13, 2020 11:37 AM  

@VD that's hilarious. Too bad Pete Carroll is Russell Wilson's coach, otherwise he's probably the one NFL coach that would make his D line practice chasing actual chickens before playing against Wilson.

Blogger SouthRon January 13, 2020 11:43 AM  

Growing up in a black school, that will speak far better than anything that ever came out of Dave Ramsey's mouth.

Blogger Steve Samson January 13, 2020 11:43 AM  

It all makes sense except for the part about the chicken. Chicken is money?

Blogger Z MAlfoy January 13, 2020 11:44 AM  

Chibo Matto had it right the whole time:

"I know my chicken,
You got to know your chicken . . ."

Sauce: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=COMWwwv_MTk

Blogger carnaby January 13, 2020 11:48 AM  

Watching Lynch live made more sense than reading the transcript.

Also must watch TV is Beast Mode and Gronc playing mortal combat with Conan O'Brien. Lynch explains the flying crotch grab among other highlights.

Blogger wEz January 13, 2020 11:54 AM  

Why do I have the sudden urge to eat chicken and smoke weed? Weird.

Blogger Hoyabembe January 13, 2020 11:54 AM  

Listen to your lawyers and accountants, not your friends from the neighborhood.

Blogger furor kek tonicus ( according to the 13th Amendment, Slavery is neither Cruel nor Unusual: MSAGA ) January 13, 2020 11:59 AM  

"Take care of y'all chicken"


just to be clear, Marshawn is obviously expressing his intent to open his own Popeye's franchise.

Blogger KPKinSunnyPhiladelphia January 13, 2020 12:03 PM  

VD wrote:Alas, we won't be seeing Marshawn commentating on the NFL Network anytime soon.

They should absolutely hire him. That would be must-see TV. Especially if they provided subtitles.


That's hilarious. I can imagine that the dialogue between Scott Hansen -- who brings new meaning to the word "white" -- and the Beast would have our jaws drop to new levels.

Blogger NateM January 13, 2020 12:09 PM  

nice to hear a guy be grateful not to fall into the same traps he's seen teammates and friends fall into. He realizes it could very easily have been him.

Counter that with Jim Kelly's segment over Thanksgiving expressing gratitude despite the trials he's been through.

Blogger tweell January 13, 2020 12:11 PM  

What I believe the gentleman is referring to when he says 'chicken' is from the phrase 'choking the chicken'. It's a problem for many players - venereal disease, children (and child support payments) for one-night stands, etc. Marshawn Lynch has avoided these problems, and kept his personal life away from the spotlight to a remarkable degree.

I don't see him as a commentator. Marshawn hates the media even more than you do, Vox. Another measure of wisdom!

Blogger Ultrahardcore January 13, 2020 12:53 PM  

I'm sorry but I just don't get it. I'm not trying to be some Smart Boy or put anyone down for being less intelligent but I'm not understanding what take care of your chicken means. He can't mean a literal chicken so I'm at a loss.

Blogger bodenlose Schweinerei January 13, 2020 1:23 PM  

First he's says " Don’t take care of y’all chicken, don’t take care of y’all mentals, ’cause we ain’t lasting that long", then "Start taking care of y’all mental, y’all bodies and y’all chicken for when you’re all ready to walk away,"

What am I to do with my chicken and my mental? Burn out or fade away?

Blogger carnaby January 13, 2020 1:28 PM  

The nickname is not Beast nor The Beast. Beast Mode is the complete and whole nickname for non-Seattleites. It's a mode, it's a name, it's one of the mysteries of the universe.

Blogger carnaby January 13, 2020 1:30 PM  

He can't mean a literal chicken so I'm at a loss.

Or can he? Think about it.

Blogger GAHCindy January 13, 2020 1:41 PM  

Yup. Two of the best pieces of advice I ever got came from the two dumbest people I've ever met (and I'm a hillbilly, so it's a lot of dumb people I know): Drive cheap so you can pay cash for your cars, and have a daily routine so you don't neglect the things you would rather not do, like dishes. I was smart when I received both warnings, but not yet wise. Shoulda listened to those literal morons. It would have saved me a good 10 years of sub-optimal choices. But I finally wised up myself, and now I'm the idiot walking around telling people things like that. And, of course, nobody listens.

Blogger nightskyradio January 13, 2020 2:10 PM  

Ultrahardcore - I'm not understanding what take care of your chicken means. He can't mean a literal chicken so I'm at a loss.
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Take care of your chicken, because one day it's coming home to roost.

Blogger bramley January 13, 2020 2:20 PM  

"Take care of your children" would be a more apposite instruction...

Blogger tuberman January 13, 2020 2:28 PM  

"just to be clear, Marshawn is obviously expressing his intent to open his own Popeye's franchise."

Nearly everyone thought of that, yet YOU went there!

Blogger Jon D. January 13, 2020 2:59 PM  

Very proud to have attended UC Berkeley along with him!

Blogger Dave January 13, 2020 3:01 PM  

Yeah, everything I'm seeing chicken means money. And he very well could be wiser than Krugman:

Lynch reportedly did not spend any money from his salaries and saved all of the money from his contracts during his NFL career. If true, Lynch saved nearly $50 million in salary money during his first 10 seasons in the NFL. Lynch reportedly lived off the money he earned from endorsements. Lynch had endorsements deals with Nike, Skittles, Progressive and Activision that had paid him up to $5 million annually. Lynch also earned money from sales of “Beast Mode” shirts, hats and other merchandise during his career.


After the game, he went in the Packer's locker room and hugged it out with Rodgers and exchanged jerseys. They played together at Cal for a year.

Blogger Sgt Polite January 13, 2020 3:05 PM  

Take care of y'all chicken=nest egg?

Blogger Kiwi January 13, 2020 3:31 PM  

This man has a New Zealand rural "accent". Very easy for me to decipher.

Blogger thethirdcoast January 13, 2020 3:35 PM  

According to Urban Dictionary, the top two definitions for, "chicken," are:

1) money
2) a kilo of cocaine

I believe we are discussing #1.

Blogger HouellebecqGurl January 13, 2020 3:56 PM  

My daughter took the marshmallow test when she was 4, but cookies were used. She informed the tester that she didn't want any cookies, so they offered her a different treat of her choice
She told them no, that this seemed like a trap, lolol.
Yes, she has a very high IQ and also yes, she's a very difficult person to enjoy.

Blogger Ominous Cowherd January 13, 2020 4:08 PM  

Steve Samson wrote:It all makes sense except for the part about the chicken. Chicken is money?
Pretty sure chicken is the important stuff, definitely includes money.
bodenlose Schweinerei wrote:First he's says " Don’t take care of y’all chicken, don’t take care of y’all mentals, ’cause we ain’t lasting that long", then "Start taking care of y’all mental, y’all bodies and y’all chicken for when you’re all ready to walk away,"
Don't look at what the words mean, look at what they say.
He's saying if you don't take care of what matters, you're screwed, so take care of what matters. Mental and physical health, and finances. Relationships might fit in with ``chickens,'' too.

Blogger SirHamster January 13, 2020 4:39 PM  

for decoding, look at the list of all things Marshawn references.

first pass: take care of chicken, money, bread, yourself, bodies, chicken, mentals.

summary: take care of mental, bodies, chicken.

food/money is best fit, and good wisdom regardless.

Blogger SciVo January 13, 2020 4:59 PM  

FisherOfMen wrote:Can anyone type up a translation for a poor white-bread Midwesterner like me?

A lot of these young men are in a precarious position. They aren't taking care of their business.

If I were them, or if I could advise them, I'd say, "Take care of your money because that s--- doesn't last forever."

Now I've been on the other side of retirement, and it's good when you get over there and you can do whatever the f--- you want to, so I'm telling you right now while you're still in the game: Take care of your money so that when you're all done, you can go ahead and take care of yourself.

So while you're at it right now, take care of your bodies. You think you don't need to take care of your business, don't need to take care of your brains, because our lifespans are short?

There are a couple of players that I played with that are no longer with us, you understand? Start taking care your brains, your bodies and your business for when you are all ready to walk away, so that you can actually walk away and be able to do what you want to do.

I appreciate this opportunity. Thank you all and have a good day.

Blogger CA3 January 13, 2020 5:05 PM  

I saw this clip on youtube: https://youtu.be/h4ismf_hp6Y I know this might read as bizarre. However, I'm pretty confident that he wasn't saying chicken, but was saying checking.

Blogger Newscaper312 January 13, 2020 5:18 PM  

@57 HouellebecqGurl

That's awesome!

Not quite to that level, but I remember three times my son, 21yo now, made me both cringe and be proud at the same time, around the age of 3 or so. "From the mouths of babes":

1) A rough looking older lady at Walmart getting a toy for him from a locked cabinet reaches down to hand it to him. He reaches out pointing at her mouth, almost touching her "You need to brush your tooth!" She had a big old rotten looking one in the front. She cackled "Oh I've been meaning to go to the dentist."

2) Similar age, we run into a well known local TV news guy in store, out doing his own shopping. Wife and son recognize him and speak to him. Guy is all smiles, puffed up a bit from being recognized, bends down to talk to my kid , who says 'You don't look so bald on TV!"

3) In New Orleans for a quick get away between Christmas and New Years, staying in Riverfront Hilton where one of the college football teams is staying. Get on the elevator with a very well dressed middle aged white guy. Chat with him a bit and notice he has a fancy badge -- he is the President of the Sugar Bowl organization. He takes the Nokia Sugar Bowl pin off his lapel and gives it to my son, and asks him "So, which team are you rooting for son?" Poor man's a bit flabbergasted when my kid answers, very seriously "I'm not much for sports".

That's my boy!

Blogger Section 8A January 13, 2020 6:14 PM  

Fam, I think it's time we host an Economics podcast with the titans of the field: Steve Keen and Beast Mode.

Blogger mrpinks January 13, 2020 6:50 PM  

Get your ducks in a row before your chickens come home to roost...

Blogger JamesB.BKK January 13, 2020 7:02 PM  

The HBO show "Ballers" is based on this advice and offers lessons about all the ways to squander wealth and opportunity on loose girls and family entourages mostly but also restaurants.

Blogger Statix January 13, 2020 7:19 PM  

Take care of y'all chicken. Don't choke it.

Blogger tuberman January 13, 2020 7:22 PM  

61. CA3
"...he wasn't saying chicken, but was saying checking."

That does make more sense.

Blogger furor kek tonicus ( according to the 13th Amendment, Slavery is neither Cruel nor Unusual: MSAGA ) January 13, 2020 7:57 PM  

51. tuberman January 13, 2020 2:28 PM
Nearly everyone thought of that, yet YOU went there!


Japan invading the west coast is not the ONLY thing that needs to be beaten to death.

anyways, chickens scratch, and scratch has long been a slang term for money.

https://www.dictionary.com/browse/scratch?s=t

so it's either a slang variant of scratch or Marshawn is discussing how life just isn't worth living without watermelon and fried chicken.



61. CA3 January 13, 2020 5:05 PM
I'm pretty confident that he wasn't saying chicken, but was saying checking.


i'm pretty confident you're a doofus.

Blogger JovianStorm January 13, 2020 9:05 PM  

You guys don't spend much time around black folks. I'm from SC originally and everyone there talks like that.

It's sage advice and I wish I'd have followed it in my early 20s.

Blogger Raker_T January 13, 2020 9:07 PM  

OK the subtitles bit is the cruelty artist turned comedian (shouldn't those who complain about VD ignoring them be grateful?) but seriously, could diversity enhanced sportscasting help the NFL edge into NBA territory?
Staying in shape: I had some neat work lined up, a couple race cars to letter, a hand painted logo on a classic delivery panel, and a few other things. But it all receded. The guys didn't follow through. Maybe since it's winter, they're in no rush, but it's been awhile since I had no work. I ran into a friend who got me some construction work. The pay is OK, but carrying pieces of concrete all day has made me glad I stayed fit enough for this.
Kids saying things: We visited a very conservation Anabaptist church (Minnonite-Amish)whre they have the small children play with toys on carpet in the front of the service, to the side of the pulpit. Their kids are trained to be very quiet, but ours, well, hey it was play time. My guys took the wood blocks and engineered a tunnel, with a train track going through. All nice and quiet, right up till the guy speaking was about to make an illustration, then one of my little guys loudly announces the inaugural run with "TRAIN GOES THROUGH TUNNEL!" I was sitting in the back, and to see all those women in head coverings with heaving shoulders as they did their best not to utter a laugh was priceless.

Blogger Lazarus January 13, 2020 11:03 PM  

bread is money.

chickens peck....peck....pecker....take care of your pecker.

Its all there in plain sight.

If you hadda taken care of your mentals, you would see it right away.

Blogger pdwalker January 14, 2020 2:26 AM  

@17 Haus frau: a quick search on youtube for "muhammad ali miscegenation" will turn it up quickly.

Muhammad Ali wasn't a high IQ man, but he was wise and had other gifts.

Verbally he could dance around with words like he boxed in the ring.

Blogger Duke Norfolk January 14, 2020 4:32 AM  

@60 That was almost scary. How did you do that white man?

Blogger Damelon Brinn January 14, 2020 7:09 AM  

my kid answers, very seriously "I'm not much for sports".

Did he tip his fedora too?

Blogger furor kek tonicus ( according to the 13th Amendment, Slavery is neither Cruel nor Unusual: MSAGA ) January 14, 2020 8:46 AM  

70. Raker_T January 13, 2020 9:07 PM
Kids saying things: We visited a very conservation Anabaptist church (Minnonite-Amish)


where at in Amish country?

Blogger Raker_T January 14, 2020 10:49 AM  

@75 Not many Amish in the surrounding counties, I would have to go about 50 miles away. This was in the hills of East TN, an independent group, as far as I know. I don't know if they're still meeting, that was at least 15-20 years ago. In settings like that, you can see from dress alone that there are people from different doctrinal positions gathered together for the meeting. These individuals aren't near the bigger groups because of a job or some other reason, so they attend services at a place that's 'close enough' to their beliefs.

Blogger Raker_T January 14, 2020 10:52 AM  

Normally I can pinpoint what made a song pop into my mind, but not this morning. Walking along, listening to the crows caw in the distance, then, this:
Oh mothers, tell your children
not to do what I have done
spend your life in sin and misery
in the House of the Rising Sun . . .

Blogger Karen took the Kids January 14, 2020 11:14 AM  

All that chicken and no elecution lessons.

Blogger joc January 14, 2020 11:48 AM  

Lynch was just channeling his inner Gabby Johnson: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ke5Mr5eCF2U

Blogger szook January 14, 2020 1:01 PM  

LEROY JENNNNKINS!!!!

Blogger Ominous Cowherd January 14, 2020 2:31 PM  

Karen took the Kids wrote:All that chicken and no elecution lessons.
Dude, all dat chicken, nobody goan 'lectrocute him! He goan hire lawyers an' shit!

Blogger Scott January 14, 2020 6:41 PM  

Amen.

God judges the heart not the mind.

Blogger Scott January 14, 2020 6:50 PM  

As was already pointed out, his comments were targeted at a specific audience that you and I are not part of.

This message has been beaten into the heads of players for decades. Good to see it's finally paying off.

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