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I just like that the punishment fits the crime. Got waaaay too many guns? Go play in the Super Bowl. Wait...maybe it's...Drugs and guns? Um...hold on...let me think about it. Yeah, the Super Bowl's the right place for you. I mean, doesn't denying someone their "dream job" emphasize the fact that they're operating outside of the bounds of society?
posted by Thisguy at 07:11 PM on January 23
I vote to add everything Madden says to the list. "That guy ran well because he kept his legs moving."
posted by Thisguy at 04:49 PM on January 03
Some of these guys just don't understand until they're shot thrice by an off-duty cop..... Is that in poor taste?
posted by Thisguy at 04:17 PM on September 27
Yeah, Pink Taco Stadium would have been way better.
posted by Thisguy at 12:38 PM on September 27
Wide Receivers Behaving Badly. Isn't that a FOX special?
posted by Thisguy at 04:21 PM on September 12
Guess the players can't have ALL the fun, huh?
posted by Thisguy at 10:41 AM on September 07
Now, I know I shouldn't even comment as most of the comments here are being berated by those on the other side of the argument, but I do feel there are a few items that remain left out of the equation. Such as, the idea that Foley was approaching the off-duty officer. Were I pulled over by a guy who says he's a cop, I'd politely ask to see his badge, and, ideally, request to call the cops myself. Most guys with a gun either fire right away for fun, or have to make a decision to fire when the situation gets out of control. If this guy turns out not to be a cop, then you're probably out a wallet and a car. Big deal. Maybe I'm a bit naive, but I like to take people at their word until they give me a reason not to. A guy identifies himself as a cop, brandishing a firearm...I'm not going to start walking toward him at all. I'm definitely not going to reach near my belt. I'm going to keep my hands where he can see them, and I'm going to request my rights and keep the situation calm. Maybe I'll end up in a bad situation this way, some day; but hopefully I can encourage the best to come from every situation until that time. This story, I think, brings up the question of what we want as fans, as well. I know we can support the athlete on the field, then distance ourselves when he's incarcerated; calling him "idiot," "fool," and several other degrading names. Don't we also badmouth the guys who are beneficial to society off the field? Oh, he can do that because he's rich. He's so stuck up. I'm of the opinion that we have to support (or not support) the whole athlete, not just the man on the field. Granted, it is a difficult thing to do with as minor an impact one fan can have in relation to one player. However, 100,000 letters to the NFL are hard to ignore.
posted by Thisguy at 12:30 PM on September 05
And start sexist debate.....now!
posted by Thisguy at 11:59 AM on August 31
Thanks, SummersEve. That article gives a better idea of what actually happened apart from "the kids are crying." Basically, if the coaches had been smart and brought up all the kids that were being transferred to the school, they might not have gotten in trouble. I also think the definition of "kids" is interested. Juniors and Seniors. 16-18 years old, if I'm not mistaken. Granted, a hurricane isn't an easy thing to deal with, but you'd hope schools had been preparing them to take responsibility for their actions, as the "kids" can get a license to drive and are about to leave for college(or military, or working odd jobs and playing video games). It always seems we expect "kids" to suddenly at 18 (or 21) have a sudden explosion of responsibility appear when they've been sheltered from it their whole life. I'm all in favor of teaching kids to say, "Hold it, coach, that isn't right."
posted by Thisguy at 11:32 AM on August 31
I'd love to see an article that actually states what's going on. It sounds as though a school was punished for letting New Orleans evacuees play on the team. It also seems to state that another school "told on them." I love that sports, being so emotional, are litigated nearly mercilessly by boards and associations "committed to excellence" or several other cliche slogans. /endsarcasm.
posted by Thisguy at 02:30 PM on August 29
Man, dviking, that's a great idea. An unbiased official....um....lemme think that oxymoron over again. I throw beer bottles at the refs these days, unfortunately I keep having to replace my tv afterwards.
posted by Thisguy at 01:06 PM on August 04
Seriously, frazer, judging a person by the color of his/her name on SpoFi. How could you?
posted by Thisguy at 03:12 PM on July 28
Nice comment and Archon reference, grum. Wouldn't it be nice if the NFL and AAFL work together and demote the players who are underperforming?
posted by Thisguy at 04:20 PM on July 27
While drafted players do make the ultimate decisions on what they are going to do, I would stick a lot of the blame on the agents. The Rams drafted a RT last year, who would have been great for us, if he had gone to camp. The agent he had recommended he wait until the guy drafted beneath him got signed, then they'd know how much money to shoot for. I suspect he's not the only agent to play the "look how much I got this guy paid" game. These guys play differently in college than they will in the NFL; gotta figure the more time they spend prepping in the first few years the better careers they'll have.
posted by Thisguy at 12:41 PM on July 24
Hooray for McCarthy, teaching it right. And hooray for NPR for telling the story.
posted by Thisguy at 03:59 PM on July 06
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