Raider sadness is the best sadness.
Raider sadness is the best sadness.
The Broncos’ “Pray For His Neck” seems rather accurate.
I can’t really watch the NFL anymore. If the slow destruction of those athletes wasn’t enough, the strangling hypocrisy takes the cake.
Yes, I’m a big boxing fan, but boxing (and the UFC) is sold as fighting. There’s no guess work involved. I’m clearly watching two men fight for a living. The NFL is sold as a mainstream (and extremely popular) glamour sport. Sunday afternoons. Sunday nights. Monday nights. Thursday nights. Thanksgiving. Buy this player’s jersey. Gather ‘round the television to watch the Superbowl. Madonna at halftime.
The NFL dishonestly disguises their pugilism. The NFL is fine with it’s employees dangerously risking their lives, and almost always compromising their futures, every single game. If the league was upfront about what happens to its players, if they were open and honest about the dangers of their sport to the hundreds of millions of children who watch it every week, I could get over it all.
But they won’t, because it would hurt their bottom line. They’re no different from tobacco companies in that regard.
You cannot stand and cheer when your favorite team blindsides the opposing quarterback, then support Goddell punishing a franchise for encouraging just that in a capitalist system. You must know and acknowledge that what you’re celebrating is league-sanctioned, and culturally-accepted brutality, which is handsomely paid for by the Budweiser and Chevrolets of the world.
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.
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 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:
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.
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