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  1. NFL Superbowl: Dont Waste My Overtime

    A Jets beat writer, in a larger story about how much Darrelle Revis has swindled Woody Johnson, stated that the Jets' tampering with Revis two years ago was far more involved than Woody Johnson saying in an interview that he'd like the player to return to the team. http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/jets/darrelle-revis-making-fool-woody-johnson-article-1.2977271?utm_content=buffer4261e&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=mmehta+twitter Ultimately this amounted to nothing, as Revis was probably bound for the Jets anyway, since Johnson seems to be a gullible moron and just the kind of mark that Revis needed to maximize his final payday. But if Mehta is right about this, there should have been some goddamn draft picks changing hands. In a world where the NFL front office is not rife with hacks from the Jets organization, there probably would have been, or at least a real investigation and more than a slap on the wrist. But fuck the league office, fuck Woody Johnson, and fuck the Jets right into the ground, and may they never taste success or even mild pleasure again.
  2. NFL Superbowl: Dont Waste My Overtime

    A lot of it seems to hinge on how nice the athlete was to reporters. I'm sure Marvin Harrison was as deferential and respectful to reporters as he was to defensive backs covering him in the playoffs.
  3. NFL Superbowl: Dont Waste My Overtime

    Two years ago, Revis was the alpha dog on a Super Bowl winning defense. Now he's got random commenters making "surprised he caught up with the other guy" jokes on the Deadspin story about his arrest.
  4. NFL Superbowl: Dont Waste My Overtime

    I am more or less on board with all of this. TO was a special brand of self-destructive crazy/needy. He should be criticized for attacking his quarterbacks, and I don't really have words for his driveway workout session. But he also got way too much shit for some innocuous stuff. The Sharpie and the pom-poms were fun. I thought the Cowboys star was good high drama. And oh my fuck, the outrage over his promo with Nicolette Sheridan was ridiculous. I probably remember him more distinctly than you because of my Niners affection. I still remember his game-winning catch against the Packers in the playoffs in his rookie year, where he'd dropped everything else that day, but Young came back to him at the end and he held on to it despite taking as hard a sandwich hit as I've ever seen a receiver take. But no question Moss was more memorable. He was a singular presence. My God, the thrill of watching him as a home fan in 2007! And I think it was all the more thrilling because you knew it wouldn't last, and he'd get in his own way eventually. Not even Odell Beckham or Julio Jones provoke the kind of electricity that Randy Moss did. There's a particular twang I get in my voice when I say his name, and I don't think I do it for any other player. Randy Moss! They both deserve pretty automatic Hall inclusion. I think there is a line to be drawn on character to some degree. I don't think Darren Sharper had a Hall worthy career, but even if he'd had Ronnie Lott's career, I couldn't see supporting him with what he'd done. I certainly don't think TO or Moss had serious enough character issues to cloud their clear worthiness. (Meanwhile I think Curt Schilling has a Hall worthy career but fuck him.)
  5. NFL Superbowl: Dont Waste My Overtime

    Pro Football Talk has been trying to fight the TO misinformation campaign. Look, he was a dick. He created headaches for his teams. But people are saying that teams couldn't wait to get rid of him, no one wanted to extend his contract, even though he played 8 years for the Niners and the Cowboys also wanted to extend him. The numbers alone should sell it. His performance on a broken leg in the Super Bowl was amazing. It's stupidity to keep TO out while Terrell "Three Year Wonder on Crooked Contracts" Davis got in. I guess if Terrell Davis is a Hall of Fame player, then Gronk has already punched his ticket, even if he never plays another game.
  6. NFL Superbowl: Dont Waste My Overtime

    On the inevitable awfulness of people named Brock, this may be the exception that proves the rule: https://youtu.be/rgYKYk4GryU
  7. NFL Superbowl: Dont Waste My Overtime

    It's hard to buy Brady's "already had family plans" excuse from two years ago when he was spotted shopping at the Apple Store that day, but whatever. I'll go with the interpretation that he was mad the White House press secretary had made a deflated balls joke. USA Today tried to fabricate a controversy out of Brady's interview. They took his "I try to ignore politics" line and put out some dogshit headline on it like "Brady Tells Teammates to Look Past Politics."
  8. NFL Superbowl: Dont Waste My Overtime

    How long will Handsome Jimmy remain handsome if he's traded to Cleveland?
  9. BBC Terry Pratchett Documentary

    Thanks for the heads-up. I hope they air it in the US... I must say, I am a little suspicious of the "docu-drama" part.
  10. NFL Superbowl: Dont Waste My Overtime

    This is a strange story about the planned power-sharing arrangement in the Lynch-Shanahan partnership in San Francisco: I suppose most GM-coach partnerships have some informal version of vetoing the other guy, so I don't know how unusual this is. It's possible this article is trying to manufacture drama/awkwardness out of a pretty minor thing, as the Niners have a really powerful "organizational fuckuppery" narrative going on now. But it seems weird to talk about it this way. I hope for the team's sake that they can work well together. I am happier when there is a legitimate football team in San Francisco. http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2017/02/09/49ers-to-employ-unique-power-structure/
  11. NFL Superbowl: Dont Waste My Overtime

    I'll be honest, I didn't expect more than one or two. This is heartening. I hope more players join in. And some of those white guys besides Long need to pitch in too. I would love for Brown University's own James Develin to say something, but I won't hold my breath.
  12. NFL Superbowl: Dont Waste My Overtime

    So far, seems to be five. We've got Blount, Bennett, and Devin McCourty who said they wouldn't go because they don't feel welcome there. Bennett and McCourty also raised fists after the anthem earlier in the year. Hightower said "Been there done that" (he went with his college team when they won a championship) -- and he skipped in 2015 too, so it's plausibly apolitical. Chris Long isn't going, but isn't talking about why. Notably, he was publicly and thoughtfully supportive of Kaepernick way back in the fall. Some NY Daily News writer tried to tell him that he should go and "stand up to Trump" but it seems like Long is not having it.
  13. NFL Superbowl: Dont Waste My Overtime

    That was great analysis. I enjoyed the entire article. But I'm not 100% convinced that Ryan could have hit Gabriel there. When Hightower hit Ryan's arm, Chris Long was almost in Ryan's face. He had beaten the left tackle (and would draw the holding penalty on that tackle in the next series after the Flowers sack) and it looked like Ryan was trying to unload before Long got there. Ryan may still have gotten the pass off in that case, but it was pretty close and Long may have affected him enough to at least make an incompletion, which granted is not quite as game-changing as a strip-sack in your own territory.
  14. NFL Superbowl: Dont Waste My Overtime

    So... Cowboys hate is the understated Old Money of sportshate, while Pats hate is the vulgar and brash Nouveau Riche? Of course, LA is full of transplants in general. For the big 2004 regular-season game between the Pats and Colts (must have been a Monday night), I went to the Boston fans sports bar, and it was so crowded that Pats fans overflowed into the Eagles bar down the street. Meanwhile I'm the kid who grew up in LA and couldn't stand any LA teams, except the Dodgers.
  15. NFL Superbowl: Dont Waste My Overtime

    When I lived in LA in 2004-2005, I had a pretty robust network of fellow NE fans, and a conveniently located sports bar for expatriates. There was also that time I went to a Sox-Angels game in Anaheim in 2005, where there was a large Boston presence in the stands.