ON KILLING

mcnair1I played high school football. Like every HS team in America we had Hell Week. Hell was in apt descriptor. Our coaches were awful at football and awful at managing people. They had no concept of how to manage players’ health or maybe they just didn’t care. We ran Hell Week in LA smog so thick visibility was quite literally a mile. My coaches also didn’t allow players to take water breaks outside of “water break” times which were once every hour. The good news? We were allowed to eat as many salt tablets as we wanted.

I started all three years of HS football and earned all-league my junior year. That year I played both sides of the ball and played on every special team, but I quit the team the second day of hell week because we were being tortured. I told my mom to call the head coach and tell him I quit because I couldn’t breathe. The coaches relented (other parents had also called). They shorted practice  and allowed us to drink more water, It’s a miracle no one died under their watch. They thought that they were toughening us. But they were torturing us, damaging our lungs and likely damaging internal organs. If any of these techniques were tried today, they would be arrested for child abuse.

What we know now about training and the limits that one can be put through are known quantities. A player dying of Heat Stroke is unconscionable and likely criminal.

At Maryland players were put through exhausting workouts in high heat that lead to the death of a linemen named Jordan McNair. His death was senseless. Heads should roll but some people shouldn’t just lose their jobs their should lose their liberty.

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Dodgers BP is Dy-No-Mite!!

Woof, the last few games have been hard to watch. With Kenley Jansen down, the Dodgers’ BullPen seems to have have lost its heart. No one seems capable of holding a lead. From the Baez to Alexander to whomever, the relief pen is a case of dynamite. It’s not a matter of if, but when…DynamiteBP

INSULTER in CHIEF

I [try to] stay clear of the online outrage mob –  too depressing. But when the  Insulter in Chief tweets out a midnight insult missive at a sports mega-star who just bankrolled a school for disadvantaged kids, the timing could not be more rotten.

I won’t punch my monitor or scream at the sky when he tweets garbage. I do wonder when this president will stop acting like a potty-mouthed 4th grader, and cease stepping on rakes at midnight and, maybe, maybe act like LeBron James?

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HYPOCRISY THY NAME IS NBA

Remember when the NBA considered sports gambling to be a petulance, a virus? You should remember. It was 4 months ago.  NBA was of several “friends of the court” in MURPH V NCAA that filed amicus briefs opposing legalized gambling. 4 months ago the NBA was running from the virus. Now, it’s mainlining it.

The NBA acted quickly and teamed up with MGM Grand on a multi-year deal. Although the deal is with MGM, the NBA is now frankly in the betting business. When some schmuck in an MGM Grand property puts down $20 on the Cavs to win the 2018/19 part of it goes to the NBA.

Remember when Adam Silver was roasting that pig? Now he’s marrying it.

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AN URBAN MYTH…

REMEMBER WHEN JIM TRESSEL was fired over emails related to him hiding knowledge about…memorabilia?

Yeah, good times…

Urban Meyer has presented himself as super clean and above it all. Until his longtime assistant’s ex-wife alleged Meyer knew about domestic abuse it seemed to fit.

Maybe the halo has slipped a little. Maybe it was an urban myth…

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What?

You’re at a party and someone says something like: “Barry Bonds” wasn’t juiced – he said he wasn’t and I believe him”. You want to say “what?” and then stop yourself because you know the conversation won’t end with Barry Bonds, he likely thinks that the Pete Rose and the Patriots never cheated, and OJ is innocent. Just smile and walk away.

So what innocent but unpopular sports opinions do you own?

I’LL GET IT STARTED…

Connie Mack should have worn a uniform. There – I said…. wanna fight?

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PSA

Whoever threw paint on a Lakers Mural is an attention-seeking jerk. I suspect it was a Kobe fan or maybe it was just a jerk who thought he would get his “work” on  TV wanted to bask in his 15 seconds of fame. Low-talent to no-talent people would rather ruin someone’s work or ruin someone’s day rather than do something positive.

The Lakers Muralist  didn’t repair his mural after the vandalism, he covered it up. I often feel like doing that when I post an illustration with a solid idea and sold art and wait for the “wows” to come rolling in. Sometimes that never happens. Oh well. Keep on plugging…Kobe5