Never Root for holdouts

In light of the NY(NJ) J-E-T-S re-signing holdout Darrelle Revis I just could not keep quiet about holdouts and my opinion of them.  It’s simple really, I don’t hate holdouts, they haven’t done anything to me personally (even though as fans we feel they have), I just never want to see them win another game, EVER.

This also goes for hold outs such as Eli Manning who refused to play for the team that drafted him.  As soon as he did this, and as soon as was traded to the Giants, the NJ Giants automatically became my least favorite team in the league.  I already didn’t like them to start with, and that pushed me over the edge.  In fact, as a Steelers fan, I was even rooting for the Patriots to go undefeated and beat the Giants in 2008.  I don’t like the Patriots at all, but I was rooting for them because I could not bring myself to root for a jerk who refused to play for the team that drafted him.

Now this view has come with a price.  I always liked John Elway – he was one of my favorite players, until I learned he told the Colts, the team who drafted them that he refused to play for them and would play baseball if they drafted him and kept him.  This automatically made me a non-fan of Elway.  Elway said he didn’t want to go to the Colts because he didn’t think that they gave him a chance to succeed.  Are you kidding me?

No matter how bad the team you are drafted for is, you go and play your guts out for them to make them better.  Sam Bradford was drafted by the St. Louis Rams this year.  A team that won one game last year and has arguably the worst receiving crop in the NFL.  However, there was never a mention of refusing to play for the Rams or forcing a trade from them.  I was indifferent about Bradford but now I hope the kid wins, and wins a lot.

But holdouts everywhere, I can’t root for you, and won’t.  In the case of Revis he was signed to make $21 million over the next 3 years, guaranteed.  And he wanted more.  I would trade my salary for his, just to play a game four months a year no questions asked.  If I were the J-E-T-S owner, or any owner for that matter, I would never negotiate with holdouts.  If Revis was holding out there would be no discussions.  He could hold out for the rest of the 3 years of his contract if he wanted.  He is the one who signed the contract and even if you “outplay” your contract you still have your John Hancock on it.  And that is no one’s fault but your own – and your agent of course.

You signed a contract. Have the marbles to play the rest of the contract out without complaining and crying about it.  Holdouts everywhere, I don’t understand.  You should play for the team that drafts you and work your tail off to make them better, and you should play out the contract you signed, no questions asked.  I wish more fans would take a page from my book and no root for the holdouts of the world.  So holdouts everywhere, beware #12 will not be rooting for you, or your team.

I never root for hold outs.  I never root for draft holdouts, because you should relish the chance to play a game you love for a team that thinks you are good enough to draft you and pay you millions of dollars.  I never root for contract hold outs because you signed the contract and you should be man, or woman, enough to play out the length of the contract.  You are getting millions of dollars to play a game. Shut up about your contract. Play your butt off and cash in on the next.  Hold outs, you suck, and my hope for you is that you never win another game, ever.

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The Mercy Rule Reply

This is in response to the blog from TheLongTalk about the mercy rule in sports.  First of all TLT, the mercy rule is a rule. TLT claims that “Officials should step in when a game has lost its competitive nature and end it at a logical stopping point.”  There are huge problems with this view.  This makes the mercy rule too subjective.  It allows the officials to stop the game if a team up by 1 point if they see fit, what is the cut off line for this?

Also this goes against TLT’s line of argument that the mercy, or empathy should come from the players and not from a rule that is enforced by the officials.

One thing TLT and I completely agree on is no mercy rules in the Pros.  Just ask the Buffalo Bills who were trailing the Houston Oilers by 32 points in a playoff game and came back to win.  In the Pros, no matter what the score, it ain’t over till it’s over…

However, in high school sports and younger the mercy rule is needed is to protect against moron coaches and adults, NOT the kids.  Remember a few years ago when that high school girls basketball team won 100-0?  The team that won wanted to later forfeit the win because as a school official said “a victory without honor is a great loss.”  Who’s fault was this 100-0 win?  The douchebag coach who kept his starters in and had them still shooting 3 pointers in the fourth quarter.

This guy had his team up 59-0 at half time and still had starters in the game. Are you kidding me?  This is why a mercy rule is needed!  What high school kid, who wants to keep his or her starting position for the next game, is going to tell their coach to screw off and refuse to go back in the game, not do what they say or play bad on purpose?

These kids are just doing what their coach tells them because they are more afraid of the coach than they are of winning by 100.  The mercy rule HAS to be to protect against morons who try to win games 100-0.  This guy should NEVER be able to coach again.  I would have loved this story much more if the players up by 59-0 at half time had flipped their coach the bird and went into the locker room to change and go home, but I also can’t blame them for not doing that.  Heck, I would’ve loved for some of the parents to do that.  Am I supporter of the mercy rule?  I have to be in hopes that no one else ever has to lose (or win) 100-0.

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Captain’s Pick

Today Tiger Woods made “history” in his golfing career. It was the first time he was selected as a member of the US Ryder Cup team as a captain’s pick.

Quick Background: The Ryder Cup is a golf competition held ever 2 years between teams from the US and Europe. There are 12 members on each team. I’m not sure how the Europeans pick their squad, but the US has a points system, where the top 8 automatically make the team, and the captain gets to pick 4 golfers to complete the squad.

There was some talk heading into Captain Corey Pavin’s selections as to whether or not Woods would be picked, since he hadn’t automatically qualified for the team this year.

My thinking on the matter is simple. Why wouldn’t you pick the world’s number 1 golfer for your team? True, Woods has had a sordid and tumultuous past 9-10 months, and has done things he should be ashamed of. As much as he probably wouldn’t want to admit it in a press conference, this HAS to have had an effect on his play over the past year.

Still, there is no other player in the world I’d want on my squad in a match play style event. Woods has that killer instinct, if you will. Maybe he’s lost part of it, but I’m sure it’s on the way back.

The conspiracy theory side of me says that this has been some sort of set up. Woods has a terrible year – doesn’t win any majors. Then he steps into the Ryder Cup and helps Team USA pull off a miraculous victory.

Hmmmm….

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Why Do Sports Matter?

Why Sports Matter

A common theme that we have had here on carguments is “why do sports matter?”  In reality I think this may be a bit of a silly question because sports don’t matter, but then again they do.  I’m late to the party on this topic, so I don’t want to be repetitive with the reasons my fellow bloggers have given.  So why does something that really matters so little in the grand scheme of life mean so much to so many people?  The answer primarily comes down to one word…PRIDE.  We want to be proud of something in our lives that we feel we are a part of (even though we really have no part at all).  Don’t we call our favorite teams such things as “my team” or refer to “your team” as “we.”

– “Did you see that game yesterday? I can’t believe we pulled it off.” – Even though you were sitting on your couch at home you still feel proud of what a team hundreds of miles away accomplished.  It’s not “your team.” You really can’t refer to them as “we,” but this is what we do because we are proud of what they have accomplished and we want to feel a part of it.

However, there is always the chance that we will have to do what Detroit Lions fans have done for years…show up with brown paper bags over their heads so no one knows who they are.  And why do these people keep coming back to the stadium?  Why do they spend their hard earned dollars to watch a game with a bag over their head?  Because this might be the year that is “our year.” This might be the year that “we” turn it around.  Everyone is proud of their team because it is “theirs.”  We feel like we have something invested and that a part of us is playing out there with the athletes.

So why do sports matter?  They matter because we make them matter.  They matter because we have a part of ourselves invested in them.  They matter because when a favorite team or player wins, we too feel like we have won.  Of course that also leaves the possibility of losing, however, the chance to be a winner is worth risking the feeling of losing.

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The No Mercy Rule

Mercy can be defined as: compassion shown to victims of misfortune, if you accept the authority of Merriam-Webster to define the English language.

And, provided you extend that authority to TheLongTalk, the players and fans of Angola’s National Basketball Team can clearly be defined as “victims of misfortune,” given their resent 55 point drumming (121-66) at the hands of Team USA.

Historically this game isn’t even Angola’s worst Team USA beat down.  In 1992 The Dream Team dismantled Angola, winning by 68 points, and iced the cake with the super classy Charles Barkley suggesting he feared possible payback in the form of spear attack.

Now speaking from a position of experience, TheLongTalk having been on the receiving end of a basketball thumping (40-4) during his middle school days… a thumping wherein TheLongTalk was the only member of his team to score… and even then only from the foul line… getting smacked down sucks.  It sucks real bad.

A lopsided loss leaves everyone, even the winners, with a sour taste in their mouths.  Losers feel humiliated, winners feel like bullies, and fans feel like they’ve wasted their precious time.

And so from this sour taste was born the great sports equalizer… The Mercy Rule (TMR).  Now you won’t come across TMR if your sports experience is limited to the professional level, in the pros there is no mercy… nor should there be, but if you’ve ever watched a mismatched Little League game end at 5 innings then you’ve seen The Mercy Rule in action.

The underlying theory of TMR appears to be…

1. Children cannot handle the shame that goes hand-in-hand with getting it handed to them on the field of play

2. Adults must protect said children from the horrifying disgrace of losing

3. Officials should step in when a game has lost its competitive nature and end it at a logical stopping point…  after the third quarter or 5th inning, etc.

4. This will result in a better sports world for everyone

TheLongTalk will admit that it is pretty hard to argue the logic of TMR when that sour taste is still on your tongue or when you’ve just avoided an embarrassing experience.  At these moments The Mercy Rule seems like your best friend… and maybe it is.

But TheLongTalk cares not for The Mercy Rule!!!

If you’ll jump quickly back to the top of this little rant you’ll see that mercy involves compassion, which itself can be defined as:  a sympathetic feeling.  This means that in order for there to be mercy there must be sympathy.

TMR knows no sympathy, TMR is not about compassion… The Mercy Rule is a system put in place to save face and to minimize hurt feelings.

Now let me make myself clear on this point… TheLongTalk has no problem with avoiding hurt feelings or minimizing face lossage… TheLongTalk is cool with mercy, it’s the rule part that chafes him.

When we make mercy a rule it is robbed of its compassion and left empty, shallow, and pathetic.  By the time an official is forced to use The Mercy Rule the opportunity for true mercy has already been missed.

The answer to the sour taste isn’t forced mercy… it’s real compassion.

When a coach benches his starters because he’s up by 20, that’s real compassion.  When players in the game self regulate with an impromptu “no fast breaks” rule, that’s real sympathy.  When a team realizes that it is within their power to destroy and humiliate their opponent but chooses not to, of their own accord, that’s real mercy.

And don’t think that players can’t tell the difference.  The children that TMR is meant to protect know when their being pitied, when their being felt sorry for.  They know when the mercy isn’t real… and it’s worse.  To know that you’ve not only been beaten, but that the game had to be ended early because your team is so pathetic you couldn’t make a sporting match of it.

Fake mercy helps no one and teaches nothing of value.  Losing teams learn only that when it’s clear you can no longer win.. you should call it a day… and winning teams are given a pass on lessons involving empathy… their responsibility for sportsmanlike conduct is simply passed on to the officials.

TheLongTalk says no to The Mercy Rule, even if that means more double digit disgraces, and YES to a sports system that promotes empathy and good sportsmanship that come from within.

With many grammatical errors,
TheLongTalk

Why Sports Matter

Why do sports matter? I suppose, in the grand scheme of things, they don’t matter that much at all.
But they do matter. At least to sports fans they matter. Which gets us back to the question of, “why do sports matter?”
1.) We, as people, love drama.
Whether it’s relationship drama, family drama or just drama, human beings tend to love drama, whether they profess to hate it or not.
Sports is an incredible source of drama. Whether it’s a call that you can’t stand (“that blind ref!!!”) or an impossible shot, sports is full of drama.
Some examples that come to mind – Jordan’s jumper over Craig Ehlo, Justin Leoanard’s “impossible” putt to basically clinch the 1999 Ryder Cup, Joe Montana and “The Catch,” and the list goes on and on.
Sports is full of drama, and we sports fans love it!
2.) Sports are emotional
As a take off from point #1, sports are incredibly emotional. At least, they are for me.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gotten goosebumps watchings years old replays from some of the most historic sporting events, or even teary eyed. Sad, I know.
Who doesn’t get excited when their favorite golfer drains an impossible shot, or when their favorite basketball player makes an impossible play?
Who doesn’t cheer liked a wild man when their team pulls off the big upset?
We love the emotion of sports, and for all the drama and controversy sports provide, it provides as much or more emotion.
3.) People want to experience history
Who doesn’t want to be able to say, “I was there when so and so broke that record?” We want to be part of something larger than ourselves – part of history.
I can remember watching as Leonard hit that miracle putt during my first semester of college during the fall of 1999. The memory still gives me goosebumps.
How many people do you know that have a similar story? “I was there when…”
We love larger than life events, and we love to take part in / experience them.
4.) Everybody wants to belong
Deep down, we all want to belong. There is a longing (however small or great) to fit in, to be accepted.
Sports provide the perfect place to help fill this sense of longing. It call us help people feel left out, but that’s something for another discussion.
This most evidenced in team sports. Everyone has a place on the team – a role. Each person belongs to the team and is part of something bigger than themselves. Again, in most instances, it helps to fulfill that sense of belonging, the search for acceptance.
These are just 4 of the reasons why sports matter.
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My Love and Hate for Fantasy Sports

My Love and Hate for Fantasy Sports

I realize in some circles it is near blasphemy to say that you hate fantasy sports.  However, I often find myself hating some aspects of fantasy sports.  Let me explain, while I was in college I was watching football on a Sunday afternoon, and someone asked me if they should cheer for their beloved Cleveland Browns or root for an opposing team’s player to do well against the Browns so his fantasy team could win.  I realize this is the Browns, and there is very little hope in rooting for them anyways, but I still thought “are you serious?” and then realized he was.  I’m a Steelers fan and when Michael Turner is playing against the Steelers week one I hope he does NOTHING against them.  He could run for negative yardage and I would be happy.  You can’t turn against “your team” to root for your fantasy team to win instead.  I would rather see the Steelers win than see my own fantasy team win.  I think that more and more people are starting to prefer fantasy wins to their own team winning, which makes me hate fantasy sports.  They are fun to play, but how can you betray your own team for a game with “fantasy” in the name of the game.? I would prefer a real win over a fantasy win any day.

There is a new commercial out with Chris Johnson that proves my point.  Johnson is walking around what can only be assumed as Nashville (where his Titans play), and everyone is mad at him for a poor fantasy performance.  The last person you see in the commercial is the guy bagging Johnson’s groceries, and the clerk asks Johnson something like is it too much to get a touchdown.  Johnson responds by saying “what do you want, we won?”  And the clerk responds “yeah, but I didn’t.”  Then he smashes Johnson’s eggs as he is bagging them.  While it’s a funny commercial, I think that too many people feel this way.  They want fantasy wins over real wins.  I would rather see the Steelers lift the Vince Lombardi Trophy at the end of the year than have a little trophy next to my profile name on Yahoo! for finishing first in one of my fantasy leagues.  Which would you prefer?

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Why Sports Matter

Why do we spend our time watching other people play games? Why do we spend our money on T-shirts, tickets, and trinkets? Why do sports matter?

In the grand scheme of things, they don’t.  We humans only need a few things; air, water, food, shelter, and to reproduce, in roughly that order, everything else is icing.  But sports… oh sports are such delicious icing.

We make sports matter by saying that they do.  Ask someone who doesn’t care about baseball, that would be me, who won the World Series in 1972 and you’ll get something like this, “uhm…urgh…ahhh…The Mets?” So if a person doesn’t think a certain sport matters, then to them, it doesn’t.  Simple really.

So why do the sports that I say matter, mostly basketball, matter to me?

Because of the unpredictable nature, the unknown outcome.  Because of my knowledge of the rules and the players involved, I tend to dislike games played by people I don’t know and with rules I can’t understand.  (Sorry cricket, maybe if I got to know you…)

Because of the thrill of seeing something new, Ron Artest as the hero of Game 7… that’s sort of new.  Because of the connection to my fellow fans.  Because of the fun of competition and the joy of the win, on the rare occasion that I do win.

All these reasons and the fact that chicks dig athletes.

With deepest wishes of well,
TheLongTalk

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