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A freelance sportswriter based out of NYC. I am the Atlantic Division Coordinator for Bleacher Report's NBA Coverage. I am also a featured columnist for Baseball. I also blog specifically about the Boston Red Sox. I am "Red Sox Monster" on www.masslive.com check out the twitter feed Follow @redsoxmonster
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In 2012, Ben & I shared an exchange on his article, "AFC Championship Aftermath: The Ravens, Media Need to Accept This Loss"
Ben hasn't written about the current situation, but I enjoyed his insight and debate and thought I'd get the party started.
I know Ben will disagree, but let me bottom line this - Brady should be benched for the 1st half of the NFL championship.
The logic - "This is not ISIS"
Since Brady brought up war, I will follow his lead. In every circumstance where a difference is encountered, how the difference is perceived is a matter of history perspective. In war and original patriot games, the colonists hid behind trees and shot long arm rifles; they did not play by the European rules of war that prompted the wearing of Red Coats and marching in straight lines. In this history of war-ring, this difference is viewed favorable and is considered an innovation. Other differences were viewed less favorably (e.g., mustard gas) and were outlawed; their use in future wars would be considered "cheating."
"This is sport" Every sport that relies on equipment has rules on its use and how much the equipment can be customized to the preference of the participants. Baseball, basketball, soccer, tennis all prefer the balls to be fresh-out-box pristine; there a penalties in baseball for over-personalizing (spit, scuff, etc) the ball. These sports do allow you to customize other elements of the game - bat, shoe, racket - within reason. Golf allows customization of both the ball and the club. In each of these sports when you over-personalize an item, there are penalties - WITHIN THE GAME (ejections, forfeitures, disqualification).
How much does equipment matter? I can't tell you from personal experience. I am just as likely to miss 4-foot putt with a $500 putter and $5 ball as I am with a $10 putter and a ball I found in a creek. I don't understand half of the articles or ads in golf magazines. To me, driving the ball 30 more yards means that I am twice as likely to lose it. But to people who play at the highest level, equipment matters and they can tell difference. Any pro in any sport can go to Walmart and use that equipment to beat me in their game, but to beat their peers they need to customize. Heck, I can even use equipment that is out-lawed at their level (e.g., over-sized tennis racket) and still lose.
I can't believe Brady didn't know. Have you ever talked to a pro or even a relly good amatuer about the equipment? Good golfers re-grip their clubs alot more than I do. Good golfers will change their gloves & balls and good tennis player will change their rackets during the course of a game to re-gain the advantage they lost in use. When you're good the little stuff in equipment matters - which is why competition committees put limits on their customization - and why NFL quarterbacks are allowed to customize and use exclusively the balls that they prepared for the game.
Just as a side-bar, there are instances where thre are no clear rules and the matter must be addressed later, In football, the more notoriuos group of guys involved in these "innovations" were the Oakland Raiders. Their wide receivers used the most stick-em (a glue-like substance that has since been banned) and their quarterback was the guy who purposely fumbled into the end-zone at the end of a play-off game to allow his team to score a touchdown (also since out-lawed). Sadly, it is now the NE Patriots who have taken up this mantle by plowing the snow for their kicker, standing tall on the sideline to scape off the punt gunner and (of course) spygate. Unfortunately for Tom & his friends, whether or not you are allowed to deflate a football is not a gray area in the rules.
This brings me back to point. All other sports who limit the personalization of game equipment have in-game penalties. They need to; otherwise, what the risk? Fines and lost draft picks are no penalty compared to a Super Bowl ring; teams always pay too much in money and draft picks on speculative players to get to the Super Bowl. The penaltyt must be in-game to the person who benefited most - Brady. Making him sit through the first half the game sounds right - making him platy the second half with footballs straight out of the box might be poetic (he can't tell the difference, now can he?) but its also just a little bit snarky.
Hahahaha I didn't agree that you were an ass! I just thought he made a couple good points lol! But yeah, I'm trying to boost my comments... Right now I'm ranked in the mid-400's, but I want to get below 400 before I apply to be a writer, just in case that has ANY weight in their decision. Thanks for the compliment! (And sorry if all the comments were annoying haha!)
I've really enjoyed most of your articles. That said, I was wondering who your favorite NBA rookies are for every position in the 2012 draft class?
Your last name just speaks 'writer', good articles !
Hey there BS—actually I usually do the initials thing, but perhaps it doesn't work as well in this instance. Anyway, thanks so much for fanning me, I appreciated it so much that it made me a fan of *yours*. It seems the world is exactly as it should be tonight <3
Also, congrats on that rave review below...I only get notes that long from people who watch to pepper me with their verbal rage. Wicked jealous.
The Philadelphia 76ers lack of scoring is not a surprise. They had trouble scoring last season. Their biggest surprise is that they didn't add any scorers in the offseason.
Just read your article on Woodsons ignorant comments on the knicks having a legit chance at a championship. i just wanted to give you props on 2 things:
1) First and foremost, you wrote a good truthful and accurate article about basketball, and because it is about the knicks, which means idiotic knick fans will be the only ones in the comments section ( i have plenty of knick fan friends that i have to deal with- try convincing one of them that shumperts not the best defensive player in the league and I'll give you a nickel) you have to deal with all their stupid comments. I am mainly applauding the fact that you responded to them, no matter how dumb they sounded, you supported your points in the article and shut down any of their over exaggerated misconceptions on what you wrote. Bc we both know that once you say anything negative about the knicks, it means that you are basically saying they aren't even a playoff team. So props to you standing strong on your points and making the knick nation look more Lignorant than they already are because I am just sick and tired of their approach on the game- there is no such thing as a non-biased opinion when you are a knicks fan. WELL DONE!
2) you pointed out something that has been bothering me for the longest time- that the people interviewing players/coaches ask the dumbest questions. I remember when the Giants beat the Packers in the 2nd round of the playoffs they interviewed one of the players (might have been Nicks, but I can't say for sure) and they asked if he though they could make the super bowl. What the heck is the guy supposed to say?!?!?! "ummmm, no. I think we just about hit are ceiling on this one." It pisses me off, they do the same thing on ESPN interviews when they interview players- "how far can your team go?" such idiotic questions that I cant even listen to player interviews anymore.
Thanks for the great article, keep'em coming. Just wanted to express my support on a good article that gets a lot of flack due to ignorance. Thanks
I guess Steve Blake started tonight. I was pretty surprised Ramon Sessions played tonight since you said he wouldn't. Either way, he will be starting in the future though, so you are right. Like I said, I wanted Blake out of L.A. anyway, they lost Derek Fisher instead. Wow.
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Thanks for the boost Ben! Much appreciated!