Running Up the Blah Blah Blah
Thank Goodness for Bill Belichickmate. If he hadn't gone for that 52nd point like a bloodthirsty warlock seeking the dull-bladed decapitation of all lesser humans, then whatsoever would columnists have written about this week? I continue to see this as a pretty simple issue, not a matter of domination or weakness or imperial majesty or the expression of the human will to live, but rather as a matter of common sporting courtesy. You apologize when you win a point on a net cord in tennis, you apologize when you hit an inside straight on the river in poker, you kick the dang ball over the line when the opposing soccer team has a player injured, and you give bloody hat tips when you steal other bloggers' material. You don't say, "we're all professionals here, I'm stealing your content and if you don't like it, try to stop me." Well, unless you're Colin Cowherd.
But that's not the conventional sports columnist wisdom. The conventional sports columnist wisdom is "Now see here, I'm going to rip open your torso and make off with your spleen, and if you don't like it, try to stop me." Sports columnists are, perhaps, not particularly known for their torso-ripping abilities, and are in fact some of the most thin-skinned people in the world, by and large. But whatever, they're feeling especially macho this week. To make things easier and save you some work, here's a column I've composed by stealing lines from some of these columnists. If they don't like it, they can try to stop me.
The talk is out there, in the wake of the Patriots'' weekly destruction of opponents, that there could be a form of payback.
There are those who don't appreciate the Patriots, who find their dominance cold and unappealing. This is merely weakness, a common complaint from those whimperers and whiners who don't understand what dark beauty lies in dominion and the exercise of total power.
If teams don't like getting beat so terribly, maybe they should forfeit.
Can someone explain this to me? If Tiger Woods is leading a golf tournament by 33 strokes, no one grumbles if he birdies the 18th. If Roger Federer is ahead two sets and 4-0 in the third, no one suggests he should stop hitting drop shots. If the Red Sox are ahead by 12 runs in the ninth - and if the World Series was still going on, they probably would be - no one minds if David Ortiz hits a home run. Only in football do opponents expect a superior opponent to suddenly play nice. Respect for the game? Come on. Scoring 52 points doesn't disrespect the game; giving up 52 does.
You want the other team to stop running it up? Stop 'em yourself. Hit somebody in the mouth.
The pros play on mean streets. Vigilante justice. The Redskins had their chance to knock Brady into next week anytime he dropped back to pass, especially in the fourth quarter. They couldn't do it. They need to get better at their job.
Anyone who has a problem with what Bill Belichick is doing, there's a real simple solution. Just make him stop. Make him punt. Pick off a pass. Do something about it. In the ultimate uber-macho sport, Belichick is letting everyone know each and every week who the Alpha Dog is and how loud he can bark.
Face it, folks, Belichick plans to lay waste to the NFL. Commissioner Roger Goodell took away a first-rounder, so the Patriots will take away your firstborn. Belichick has assembled perhaps the most dominating team in NFL history, and he's intent on destroying all opponents in his path.
The Redskins are professionals, too. They need to make a play or stop somebody.
If Daniels and the Redskins are so mad, then stop Brady from falling forward for a first down, for gosh sakes.
It's high time for the Patriots' opponents to stop whining and start tackling. As legendary Florida State coach Bobby Bowden once said when his Seminoles were accused of piling up points against overmatched opponents: "It's not my team's job to keep the score down. It's the other team's job." Right on, coach. And that's especially true in the NFL.
Again, good for the Patriots. They've got a hair across their tush after the videotaping investigation and want Brady to set records.
It's painfully obvious to the teams left on their schedule and for the rest of the NFL that Belichick isn't going to let off the gas anytime soon and if you are a NFL defensive player and don't want them to run up the score - then do your job and take the loss like a man.
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