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Thursday, September 11, 2008

A Responsive Daily "Linkin' Logs" (9/11/08)

First of all, I'd be (probably) soulless if I didn't mention 9/11. Our hearts go out to all the victims and their families of the September 11th attacks. Certainly, the United States hasn't seen such a catastrophic attack since the days of Roosevelt and we, regardless of our thoughts on the war in Iraq or Afghanistan, support our troops in their endeavors. God Bless America. Republican, Democrat, Green, Libertarian or any independent, please remember to get out and vote if you want your voice heard.

On to less serious things, Scott M of Sox and Dawgs provided some support regarding Rodney Harrison and the Tom Brady Injury Reaction ("Kneegate"). Please note that this was taken from Reiss's Pieces, a blog

"That reaction is normal," said Patriots safety Rodney Harrison. "Anything that happens to us people, they get excited about. Obviously, they don't care for us much around the league. But I understand it's a competitive league. Teams, as well as fans, are looking for any edge they can possibly get and if that means us losing our star quarterback, guess what, they feel like that gives them an edge. At the same time, you still gotta get it done on the field.

Harrison later added: "People sometimes lose sight that we're brothers, we're fathers, sons. They look at us like machines. A lot of times, people really don't consider that we're human-beings, we have feelings, it hurts. We go through a bunch of different things, but they get so wrapped up in the game, that it's not real life... We're sacrificing, away from our families... as a football player, you understand it's a part of the deal. You're going to get hurt playing football. It's just how you respond."

The Schadenfreude that Mike Reiss speaks of isn't really all that uncommon and is partially why I don't understand the outcry. Maybe its because, unlike some of his predecessors, Tom Brady isn't really an asshole (I don't know him personally, but he seems like a nice guy...even though he went to Michigan). Michael Irvin, Joe Theismann, Eric Lindros, and the like were treated with the same vindication amongst their hated rivals. So forgive me if you think somehow the world's really against the Patriots. NFL fans just got sick of Spygate, 19-0 (18-1!), Bill Belichick and (personally) the dirty play of one Rodney Harrison. Tom Brady is just collateral damage in the delight of each NFL fan that the Patriots got just what (every other NFL fans feels) they deserve.

As for Harrison's comments, I felt his humanizing quote certainly rings true, but, its truly the Pot and the Kettle with Harrison. He is the all time leader in Personal Foul Penalties, he once landed a devestating helmet-to-helmet hit to the greatest receiver of all time (if you don't know that is, stop reading) and he's been named the dirtiest player in the league by both players and coaches. Harrison admonishes the title, but the fact of the matter is the bulk of the players and coaches in the league see him play and watch him play and believe his garbage on the field is a travesty. When Harrison lays out an opposing player with a spear, does he think about said player's wife? I somehow doubt that. He is correct in stating that players in the NFL will get hurt, but other NFLers don't need players like Rodney Harrison eschewing them out of the NFL.

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