Posted on: August 28, 2009 10:10 am
Here I go again with my finger firmly on the pulse -- I said pulse -- of America.
Rick Pitino does his thing with the media the other day and everyone hates him for it ... except for me. Michael Beasley seeks treatment for depression, and everyone loves him for it ... except for me.
Now, Milton Bradley.
Everyone thinks he's a ginormous a--hole. The Chicago Sun-Times blasts him on Thursday. The Chicago Tribune says he should be released on Friday. Mike Freeman is writing today on Milton Bradley and will rip him a new earhole. I said earhole.
But me? I'm wondering what everyone's problem is.
I mean, I get the general problem with Milton Bradley. He has been a buffoon for years, angry and inappropriate and all of that. But his latest transgression was, basically, this quote:
"It's hard to be comfortable when you don't get a hit and get booed every time," he said. "When I go home and look in the mirror, I like what I see. My family is there. I have people I can talk to who are very supportive, in spite of everything and all the adversity and the hatred you face on a daily basis."
Does he come across as sensitive? Sure he does. But I've never understood why the home crowd would boo a player for anything less than maximum effort. If a guy isn't hustling, by all means hammer him. But if a guy isn't hitting well enough? Leave him alone. Support him. You do want him to succeed, right? Don't made it harder by jumping on his back, home crowd.
Bradley was basically saying he doesn't feel supported at home, and I understand his frustration. What I don't understand is everyone else's fury.
Posted on: August 20, 2009 9:21 am
I'm going to gloat about the dumbest thing a human being has ever gloated about:
Jay Mariotti doesn't think like I do.
Oh what a relief that is.
In the last few weeks, Mariotti and I have had polar opposite viewpoints on at least two stories, most recently the Oakland Raiders' current mess with Tom Cable apparently attacking an assistant coach. My column comes out soon, where I urge Roger Goodell to butt out. Mariotti's column is out now, urging Goodell to take action.
It reminds me of a week ago, when Rick Pitino was linked to an affair and an abortion and I said that, as ugly as the situation might be, you don't fire a guy in my America for that. Mariotti had the opposite take, urging as he regularly does that anyone and everyone should be fired, and specifically saying Pitino should resign in shame.
Why am I linking to a guy I clearly don't like? One reason, mainly. I'm not afraid of competition. I'm not going to ignore his presence, or the presence of others, out of fear that you'll read him or someone else and decide I suck and never come back here again. By all means, read some of these idiots.
I'll be here when you come back.
Posted on: August 13, 2009 3:16 pm
Edited on: August 15, 2009 12:16 pm
Here's an example of a guy in the media piling on Rick Pitino just ... because.
Pitino's down, this guy fairly clearly doesn't like him, so ... it's time to put on the steel-toed boots and start kicking. I don't care if I'm a bully for singling out this dude from the newspaper in Nashville.
Here it is.
Posted on: July 24, 2009 1:24 pm
I mean, I liked everything about it.
I liked the guts it took, and the insight it required, to ask that question of that athlete. He's not just an athlete. He's the most famous Christian athlete in the country, and he's walking on a campus -- I went there -- teeming with temptation. Are you saving yourself for marriage? is the wrong question to ask every athlete but one in college football. But it's the right question to ask Tebow. He's The One.
I like the poise Tebow showed in answering it, and in making fun of the media for being so uncomfortable with the moment.
I liked the passion Dennis Dodd showed in his takedown of the questioner, Clay Travis. Dodd can write, friends. He can really write.
I liked the debate it has stirred up around the country. Was the question fair? Was Tebow even telling the truth? Lots of interesting points to banter about.
Liked it. All of it. Not sure I'd have asked it, but only because of my own weaknesses. However, if it had occurred to me, and I was there, sure. I'd have asked.
Posted on: July 23, 2009 4:02 pm
Someone a lot smarter than me -- that would be most of you -- needs to explain this to me. I can tell I'm included in a mostly completely unflattering snarky story about ... something.
Posted on: July 21, 2009 8:47 am
That's the crux of this column from Chicago, which isn't a solitary opinion by the way: America is all about second chances, and Vick has paid for his crime with prison/bankruptcy/humiliation, therefore let's welcome him back to the NFL.
I agree with the first part. America is about second chances. And the second part. Vick has paid a staggering price.
But the third part? The blithe assumption that, because of the first two parts, he is owed another shot at the NFL?
Sorry. Can't agree with that.
Vick earned the right to get out of jail, I suppose. A life prison sentence for Vick wouldn't have cost me a wink of sleep, but that's not the point. The courts spoke, so I'll listen. Vick has earned his freedom. Fine.
But the NFL? He has earned the right to play in the greatest sports league in this country? To travel first class and to play on national television and to be cheered for touchdowns?
He hasn't earned that. And he never will. Some crimes are so horrific to the senses that the perpetrator simply doesn't deserve the full "American way" treatment. Vick deserves his freedom and the chance to work an honest job and pay his taxes and raise a family. But he doesn't deserve to return to the prestige and fortune and glamour of the NFL. He never will deserve that.
Will he return? Probably.
But that won't make it right.
Posted on: July 13, 2009 12:17 pm
Posted on: July 3, 2009 9:24 am
Edited on: July 3, 2009 1:53 pm
Very rarely will a person finish a story, unless they're finishing one of mine, and say out loud, "Damn that was good."
But I just finished this story about the Ariza-Artest trade and said, out loud, "Damn that was good."
Oh, and I got the link to this story from a blog. RealClearSports.com.
See. I'm not a liar.