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Warren Sapp levels a guy
who lays there like a dead man until he's rolled off the field on a mortuary
cart. And Tommy Maddox? The list is endless. I
can't speak for every football fan in the world, but you don't have to
cripple each other for my pleasure. It's
a sport -- it's not the Roman coliseum.
One thing that would help is if you guys --Talking Heads, players,
coaches -- would stop lying to us and to yourselves. "Nobody
wants to see another player hurt," you guys say over and over and
over again. Who do you think you're fooling? My old high
school football coach may have been a Neanderthal man, but at least he told the truth: “I want to see that sonofabitch (the other team’s star
halfback) carried off the field.”
the truth: every defense in the NFL is trying to knock the other team's
best skill players out of the game on every play. If he's any good,
the other team's quarterback is usually the Target of Choice.
Line: the reason that so many players are getting hurt is because you intend
to hurt them.
The issue is NOT that the hits are illegal. The issue is that hits that are now defined as legal are wiping
out the best players in the league. I want to watch a Superbowl in
which the best players on the two best teams in the league
play each other. The way pro football is now, I feel like I'm
watching the makeshift teams that were thrown together when league went on
strike a few years ago.
the risk of sounding like a Boy Scout, if you can't beat the other team
without knocking its best players out of the game -- they are better
than you. Bill Bilicik is not a "defensive genius,"
he's a guy who realized that, as the game is played now, defense has a
couple very distinct advantages: 1) if everybody on defense smashes
everybody on offense in the mouth on the same play, you get a distinct
"psychological" advantage and the officials can only call one
penalty (that's largely how the Patriots beat the Rams last year); 2)
defense can cripple or concuss the other teams best players and the worst
thing that can happen is that one player gets called for a foul and is
fined by the league. That's an incredibly cheap price to pay for
knocking one of the other teams best players out of the game. carry
over and the only way you can win
The NFL must do whatever it has to do
to stop the carnage:
change the rules as drastically as you have to to
protect the players
redesign uniforms so that they give better
protection to the players
redesign helmets so that they aren't so easily used
outlaw crack back blocks
... whatever it takes
I had my druthers, the league would make turnovers much more difficult
to come by. Steve Young says, joking but meaning every word of it,
"Parity is ruining the game." Steve is referring to the
fact that the NFL is like a crap shoot: there's no logic behind who wins
when; it's completely unpredictable not only from one year to the next,
but from one game to the next.
isn't parity that's ruining the game, Steve. It's: 1) the fact
that there's such a big payoff for knocking the other teams best skill
players out of the game; 2) the drastically out of proportion
A-Rod’s $252 million
Despite the fact that virtually everyone in America
considers high-paid sports figures crybaby millionaires, every great
athlete has the potential to be a hero.
The heros we need in post 9/11 America are not heros who risk
their lives, we need heros who have the courage to use their inflated
salaries to make changes
that our country needs before it freezes out half of our citizens.
“It’s the owners against the players, the
billionaires vs. the millionaires in the war over how to divvy up
what’s now a $4 billion booty.”
Capitalism is no longer our economic system, it’s
our religion, so nobody dares blasphemy of calling jocks “overpaid.”
No matter what your job is, you squeeze the market for all it’s
worth and get every nickel you can: it’s the moral thing to do.
To a great extent, the salary structure of every
occupation is inherited.
And, as if baseball were being played on Mars, the
players, owners, journalists seem oblivious to the fact that baseball is
being played in America. In
post 9/11 America to be exact
Although I’ve lived in the New York/New Jersey
area for most of my adult life, I have never been privy to the
Philadelphia sports media
I don’t quite
understand what’s going between the city of Philadelphia on with
Iverson. Those who blame
the media, accuse you talking heads of “blowing the situation out of
proportion.” As if it’s
the quantity of media coverage that’s at fault.
Your questions to your
callers are either “Do you think Iverson will serve jail time?”
or often multiple
choice like: 1) Will he serve jail time? 2) Will he plea bargain his way
out of it? 3) Will he find some way to get out of it? 4) Will the 76ers
nail his skinny little ass to the wall? All of the above, like all of your questions, presuppose
I will tell you point
blank that it had never occurred to me that Philadelphia might be a very
racist city until your coverage of the Iverson affair.
(“Racist” may be too harsh; I’ll say “racially divided”
and leave it at that.
WHO DOESN'T LIKE ALLEN IVERSON IS A JERK!
90% of communication is
nonverbal. No matter what
they say, the people who badmouth Iverson It’s personal; you don’t
The reason that the
media and the people are
27 Reasons Our
Athletes Are Violent
Why They’ll Get MORE Violent Unless We Stop Playing Dumb
Why Our Children Will Get MORE Violent If We Don’t Wake Up
An Attempt at Real-World Solutions
Sports Journalists—Are You Guys Lying or Merely Blind?
Woachy—“Nobody wants to end an athlete’s career.”
Coach—“I want to see that sonofabitch carried off the field on the
Lombardi—Canonizing a Moron
Lombardi’s dumb Mantra
Harding—The Spinoza of Lombardism: “If the bitch is better than you,
Motives—Who exactly benefits from the Winning Is the Only Thing,,,
not…”—Con Man’s Morality (nobody fell for that except Marilyn
Army boils it down for you—“Wrong is what you get caught at.”
Bad Boys—Did the 1990 Pistons really increase crime in Detroit by 20%?
Jones—The Fine Art of Compartmentalizing
Ear—The real reason Tyson bit Holyfield’s ear off
Riley—The Velvet Thug
Bronco—The Real Moral of
1—It’s the Only Honest Sport We Have
2—It mirrors reality: the contest is rigged
Salary Cap—Tell Me Again How the Lakers Can Buy that Team?
the Playing Field—Is It Really More Important in Sports Than It Is in
Sociology—The Nazi Formula
Lawyers & Rich White Guys—Why Tyson served time for rape
& Sprewell—Two of the cleanest, most passionate players in the NBA
West 4th Street All Stars—Meryl Streeping it on every play
With The Body—When do I trust thee
Models: Portnoy Before He Complained
Role Models’ Role Models —What exactly is so bad about murder?
Med for Young Black Men?
Writers—Masters of Intentional Dumbness
proves that WE don’t care about winning to the exclusion of everything