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- Jamaal Charles asks for Peyton Manning's autograph
So apparently Charles asked for Manning's autograph after the Chiefs lost to the Broncos and said autograph was for Charles' mom. This being the NFL and all, this topic had to dominate ESPN's airwaves while I was on the treadmill both Monday and Tuesday morning. And while this might seem like a situation where I'm bound to say something like "everyone settle down and get a life," I'm actually going to surprise you.
I think this is utterly ridiculous.
Jamaal Charles isn't a scrub. His team just lost. And after
a loss he approaches a peer about a freaking autograph? Have some professional pride, even if it's for your mother. Get Peyton to do it in the offseason -- you can't tell me they have zero mutual acquaintances. Do something better than this.
And if you want to say something like "Peyton is an all-time great," OK, fine. Let me ask you this: What would you think of me if I went up to Peter Gammons next week and asked for his autograph? I love Gammons, but that would be embarrassing. And I'm on a scale a billion times lower than an NFL running back.
I also think it pretty well sums up how fans have a pre-determined mindset as to how they will react to situations based upon the player involved in a situation, because evidently there was a poll among Chiefs fans and the overwhelming majority were OK with Charles getting the autograph. Interesting. I wonder if it were Matt Cassel asking for the autograph? Hmmmm ...
- Please, just enjoy your team
After IU stomped UNC Tuesday night, I hopped on Twitter for a second. Now, those who know me well know how little I understand about fans who sit on Twitter and comment every few seconds about a game with their favorite team instead of just enjoying said team. Personally, I'd just rather enjoy my team without distraction. You'll never see me tweet my favorite team live unless it's halftime or a blowout (and probably not even then).
That being said, I have no problem with it. To each his own. During the MLB games I quite enjoy interacting with our loyal and polite fans about their favorite teams. I could even name several off the top of my head that I quite like. But that's not why I'm here right now.
The reason I hopped on to Twitter that night was to see the reaction of national CBB writers. Basically, I was pumped up and just wanted to see a Hoosiers drool-fest from non-biased parties. And I got it for the most part. What bothered me was that the timelines of CBSSports.com national CBB writers Gary Parrish and Jeff Goodman were flooded with some loser IU fans attacking Parrish and Goodman for having the audacity
to rank IU No. 2 after Duke in their Top 25 and 1
. At the time, considering Duke's neutral court wins over Minnesota, Kentucky and Louisville, it was pretty hard to blame my colleagues. In fact, I'd still have no issue with anyone ranking Duke ahead of IU, especially after that comeback against Ohio State. But that's beside the point.
Here's the real point:
If you are watching your favorite team wax the floor with a highly-regarded (at least at the time) opponent and the best you can do is go onto Twitter to attack a national writer for his unbiased opinion
(OPINION!!!), you probably are in serious need of some fresh air.
For the love of God, enjoy your team. Who cares what anyone else says if you are enjoying your team? Isn't that the point of being a fan? To enjoy when your favorite team is No. 1? Not try to pick fights and expose faux-biases? And, really, I can come full circle here. That's one of the many reasons I avoid Twitter while watching my favorite teams. Why bother with what anyone else thinks? Just watch the game and enjoy your team, right?
I know, I know. I'm asking too much.
- LOL UK fan overreacting
Link of the night right here. Notre Dame beat Kentucky in basketball. Notre Dame is pretty good, by the way, so it's not like Kentucky lost to Wofford. UK also has lost to No. 2 Duke this year. I present to you an outstanding thread topic from the Kentucky rivals site
- Lloyd Braun is a real man!
Seinfeld junkies like myself have long loved the name Lloyd Braun. He was George Costanza's childhood nemesis and the cause of one of the most Larry David storylines of all-time (George claiming an involuntary spasm made his arm move to the side -- and refusing to let go of the lie even through a medical examination).
Anyway (this will match soon, just wait), commenter Snee (who also happens to be my brother), sent me this Grantland excerpt on LOST
(from a book on recent, outstanding TV series that I'm gonna buy now after reading this) and something immediately caught my eye. The ABC exec who came up with the basic idea for LOST was named Lloyd Braun.
Obviously right away I emailed Snee dying laughing without even thinking about how it couldn't be a coincidence. And Snee aptly replied that the Seinfeld Braun character had
to be named after this dude. So I went to google and, sure enough, real-life Braun was Larry David's entertainment lawyer during the Seinfeld years. Wow.
The more you know ...
- Pet Peeve: Quarterbacks ...
I blame this one on Colin Cowherd. He may not be solely responsible for it, but I never heard it so mainstreamed before he went nuts with it.
Have you ever heard someone say something like "Josh McCown beat Peyton Manning?"
Obviously I made that up, but it was to make a point. Yes, the best quarterbacks win a lot of games and, yes, the worst quarterbacks lose a lot of games, but the NFL is a team sport where it's offense vs. defense and special teams also factors in. I do believe the quarterback is the most important position in all of sports but that doesn't render his teammates obsolete like it's a game of one-on-one.
I bring this up because earlier this week I heard that "Colin Kaepernick beat Drew Brees."
Um, no. The 49ers beat the Saints. Kaepernick generated two touchdowns while Brees generated three. Of course, Brees threw a pick-six to the 49ers, but it wasn't to
Kaepernick. A defensive player -- or two, or three, or four or ... ELEVEN -- had to make a play.
If you think Kaepernick outplayed Brees, that's fine. I didn't watch the game nor do I care one iota which QB played better. I care about which team won. It's a team sport.
Then again, Cowherd spent all of the 2010 season lecturing fans about how Aaron Rodgers wasn't a great quarterback because he'd never won a playoff game. You see, Rodgers' Packers lost 51-45 in the previous season's playoffs. Rodgers threw for 423 yards and four touchdowns. But he's not a good enough quarterback because ... he didn't play defense?
The Packers won the Super Bowl in 2010, too, so I guess he magically transformed into great. I don't know what Cowherd says anymore because I stopped listening.
- Pet Peeve: Making a singular store name either possessive or plural
Why does this always happen with supermarkets, but somehow not Wal-Mart? It's not "Meijer's." It's Meijer. It's not "Kroger's." It's Kroger. It's not "Marsh's," it's Marsh. Where are all the idiots saying Wal-Mart's (or would it be Wals-Mart?)?
Regardless, it's horrible. Please cease and desist.
- Pet Peeve: Messing up easy celeb names
Speaking of, last night at "Meijer's," I was in line to check out and had a non-attractive (it matters, just stay with me) girl behind me in line with her boyfriend/husband/male companion/whatever. As I'm putting my items on that conveyor belt thing, I get to hear her say basically every single female on the magazine shelves is ugly. This girl didn't like any of them at all. It was over and over, stuff like: "Do you think she's hot? Ugh, I hate her. She's not even good looking." A variety of stuff like that, non-stop. And then the dude actually, finally sticks up for one of them, "I actually think she's not that bad."
Non-attractive girl (and I'm being nice, trust me): "Jennifer Gardener?"
Yes, THIS GIRL
is ugly. LOL.
Anyway, I was more annoyed with the butchering of the last name. I'd like to be able to sit here and say that if this girl only threw a "D" in there I'd be OK with it (Jennifer Gardner), but no, I wouldn't. This is elementary school stuff. The name is right there. "Garner." Sound it out. It's like when someone sees "Liam Neeson" and thinks he's part of the body that measures TV ratings.
This offense was even more egregious than those examples, though. This girl was saying it like the actress was actually outside tending to your tomato plants. We should all strive to be better than this.
I think that'll do for now. I'm guessing things will be slow here on this blog for a bit, as the Winter Meetings are next week (meaning you should be living HERE
, as usual). But after that I'll be trying to hit this blog two to four times a week until spring training starts.
Have a good one and, please, park within the lines. If you don't succeed on your first try, fix it. It only takes an additional 15 seconds and it's pretty easy.