Raider sadness is the best sadness.
This is my favorite of the Sad Alex Smith at Super Bowl Media Day meme.
An interception becomes a touchdown even with a freaking review.
End the ref lockout now.
If not, someone is going to be severely hurt on the field this season.
The scabs have no control of the game at this level.
(GIF via The Big Lead.)
Jerry Jones probably wipes with $20 bills, so of course he has his own personal glasses-cleaner.
Sean Payton will be suspended for the year over the Saints’ bounty scandal. The Saints’ GM will be suspended eight games, although I wonder how that works if you’re not in an on-field capacity.
On one hand this is great because it seems Roger Goodell is a) punishing wrongdoing by coaches and executives just as seriously as he does players and b) you do not want to encourage such things as bounty programs.
The problem is that Goodell is trying to paper over the inherent brutality in the league. Explicit bounties are out of bounds, but the implicit ideal of doing your job by doing the most harm to the other person has always been around in the NFL — particularly with non-guaranteed salaries and the money at stake for the more average players. You can say it’s a no-win decision for Goodell, and it is, but it still reeks of hypocrisy and a desire to dig one’s head in the sand about the nature of the game.
Yeah, I’m pretty sure I’ll be watching even though I shouldn’t be.
☛ The Year of Magical Stinking: An Oral History of Tebow Time - GQ
Rejoice, Denver Broncos fans.
Your true savior has revealed himself.
Pro: A competent, Super Bowl-winning quarterback.
Con: The Broncos could be just as in the lurch if his neck goes bad.
Super-con: I talked so much shit about Peyton for fun to my Colts-loving friend who idolized him over the years to tweak him that I’m probably going to get punched the next time I see him.
The headline alone is fantastic. Brady Quinn is catching serious flak for his comments and defending them by saying they were old and don’t reflect where he is now, but the problem is that they seem relatively accurate. The problem is that we don’t know whether Tim Tebow will actually be anything legit as an NFL quarterback until next season, when everyone’s had time to review the tape and he’s had a full off-season and training camp.
But Terrell Suggs isn’t wrong to wonder where the appreciation was for Cam Newton on a mass level, because a casual observer would have been forgiven for thinking Tebow actually had better numbers. Tebow, right now, is the beneficiary of an adoring public, a coaching staff willing to create an offensive philosophy around him, and a very good defense that broke down in the secondary.
The 2012 season is where Tebow will make or break his career, and he probably knows that and relishes it more than anyone.
The short answer: Jeremy Lin appears to be able to execute the basics of playing his position.
And I say that as someone who wants Tim Tebow to succeed so the Broncos do not have to spend another first or second round pick on a quarterback.
Also, 1.5 weeks of Lin is not a good sample size, particularly considering the opposition. (Strength of opposition was a similar slam on Tebow.) The only team the Knicks have played in that span that’s considered a decent one is the Lakers. But so far, so good.
Additionally, Lin has looked good for four quarters as opposed to fourth quarters and one playoff game for Tebow.
Never mind that Tebow was a highly recruited prep football star who went to a big-name BCS school, won one title as an essential component and a second as The Man. Jeremy Lin wasn’t even heavily recruited by his home state powerhouses or the tony private school in his hometown, mostly because he was hurt his junior year, but also because Trent Johnson signed another point guard while telling Lin and his family he had another spot open, which sent him to Harvard, who got him in on early acceptance. If you’re serious about hoops and want to be an Ivy Leaguer, you probably think Princeton before Harvard, although Tommy Amaker is working to change that.
Regarding the Christianity angle: Lin’s a serious believer (you’d have to be CCM-familiar to know his favorite musicians), but not in the way that differentiates him from most other professional athletes, many of whom are pretty devout (i.e., the very funny example of Mariano Rivera listening to Christian music and hymns in the context of Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” as his entrance music at Yankee Stadium). Tebow’s in a different category as an evangelical Christian and a missionary, and we can’t pretend it’s the same — he made himself a proselytizer and spreader of the “good news.”
My personal jury is out on Tebow being an NFL quarterback because I believe the lockout was the worst thing for his professional development. I want to see him in OTAs, training camp, etc. as The Man. I think the reason I’m sick of the Tebow fawning and not the Lin phenomenon at this point files down to a few things:
- if you follow CFB as well you’ve had a LOT of Tebow in your media life
- Tebow playing seemed more like fan pressure and demand for a guy they liked as opposed to actual football reasons
- the sports media willingly abandoned any sort of statistical understanding of what made Tebow work for the Broncos and went for the easy “the guy just wins.” Lin’s scoring 20+ for the first five/six games he played gives us something to hang our hat on, never mind the 13 assists he dished out tonight. With Tebow, we are being asked to take a, well, leap of faith, save the bravura performance against the Steelers.
- Tebow, for all his strength, agility, and other non-traditional attributes, seems like a throwback because of his arm accuracy, whereas Cam Newton (almost ironically?) is the harbinger of the quarterback future, obscured by a horrendous Carolina Panthers defense. Lin seems to fit in well, but maybe this is a moot point because NFL coaches are ridiculously conservative and Lin plays for Mike D’Antoni, whose emphasis on up-tempo offense tends to inflate PG stats.
These are just the things that grind my gears about the cheap, easy comparison narrative: so often, the support for these narratives is paper-thin and related to superficial ideals of “the underdog story” and the uncomfortable racial dynamics pro basketball and football traffic in as a matter of doing business.