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November 17, 2010, 12:32 PM
I'm finding it interesting now that its okay to keep scoring on your opponents. When New England was doing it, there was a great deal of crying and moaning going on. Now its "what do you expect".
November 17, 2010  12:36 PM ET

Why would you stop playing, just because your beating your opponent? Isn't that the point of the game?

November 17, 2010  12:45 PM ET

I agree. But when New England was doing it there was a lot of complaining about sportsmanship.

November 17, 2010  01:40 PM ET

I've never been for it, regardless of who's doing it or who the opponent. I think it's poor sportsmanship and it's exposing your starters to unnessary injury.

However, if you're the kind of coach that's going to do it, that's fine - but you lost your right to whine when someone does it to you.

November 17, 2010  01:44 PM ET

I'll give you an example....Lavell Edwards of BYU blew everyone out by over 20 points in the early 90's. He said, "It's nothing personal, I'm just doing it for the polls".

Then he plays Texas A&M in the Holiday Bowl in San Diego and gets blown out by 50 points.

He refused to walk across the field and shake hands with the opposing coach.

Jimmy Johnson was coaching the Hurricanes when they blew out Notre Dame 63-3 in the mid 80's. Tennessee does it to him in the Sugar bowl one year and he said, "Hey, the other team couldn't help it my team wasn't to play". He took it like a man, as did his team.

November 17, 2010  04:37 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

I'll give you an example....Lavell Edwards of BYU blew everyone out by over 20 points in the early 90's. He said, "It's nothing personal, I'm just doing it for the polls". Then he plays Texas A&M in the Holiday Bowl in San Diego and gets blown out by 50 points. He refused to walk across the field and shake hands with the opposing coach. Jimmy Johnson was coaching the Hurricanes when they blew out Notre Dame 63-3 in the mid 80's. Tennessee does it to him in the Sugar bowl one year and he said, "Hey, the other team couldn't help it my team wasn't to play". He took it like a man, as did his team.

That I agree with. I'm with you on don't complain if it happens to you. Part of it is this is the Chiefs head coach. The other part is the media. In football we have all seen circumstances where a team shuts down its offense with 10 mins left in the 3rd quarter as well then have to battle to win the football game AFTER leading by like 17 points.

November 17, 2010  05:19 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

That I agree with. I'm with you on don't complain if it happens to you. Part of it is this is the Chiefs head coach. The other part is the media. In football we have all seen circumstances where a team shuts down its offense with 10 mins left in the 3rd quarter as well then have to battle to win the football game AFTER leading by like 17 points.

I'm saying don't whine if it happens to you IF you do it to others.

November 17, 2010  08:58 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

I'm saying don't whine if it happens to you IF you do it to others.

I know what you mean. I don't. I can't speak for other Patriots fans, but I know how football works.

November 19, 2010  03:43 AM ET

For me it's a simple concept. Offensive players get paid to score points, and defensive players get paid to stop them from doing so. If you don't want the other team to score, then stop them. Having said that, it's not a bad idea to take your most important starters out if you're sure of your victory. Leaving them in risks an unnecessary injury. Then again, you want to keep your players thinking about playing all out for the entire game, as there are sure to be some games that come down to the wire. So, pulling players and having them slow things down runs the risk of having them be unprepared for a real challenge in a future game.

In college, High School, or lower levels, however, I think teams should avoid rubbing it in too much. They're not pros. They're amateurs, and for the most part, they're kids. While it's a good idea to teach them to give maximum effort in everything they do, there is no need to humiliate a kid who just wants to play a game.

November 19, 2010  09:26 AM ET

tell the sissy seahawks offensive and defensive lines that the men of the saints are going to put cleat marks on their stomachs and really run up the score: 66-7.

November 19, 2010  01:50 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

For me it's a simple concept. Offensive players get paid to score points, and defensive players get paid to stop them from doing so. If you don't want the other team to score, then stop them. Having said that, it's not a bad idea to take your most important starters out if you're sure of your victory. Leaving them in risks an unnecessary injury. Then again, you want to keep your players thinking about playing all out for the entire game, as there are sure to be some games that come down to the wire. So, pulling players and having them slow things down runs the risk of having them be unprepared for a real challenge in a future game. In college, High School, or lower levels, however, I think teams should avoid rubbing it in too much. They're not pros. They're amateurs, and for the most part, they're kids. While it's a good idea to teach them to give maximum effort in everything they do, there is no need to humiliate a kid who just wants to play a game.

I hear you on whether to leave them in or not when the score is out of hand.

And that goes for if you're on the low end, too.

If you're losing 56-3 in the fourth, pull your starters. There's no sense in getting someone injured when there's no way you can come back.

I agree with college and HS. You don't want to teach poor sportsmanship to young kids.

 
November 20, 2010  01:49 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

tell the sissy seahawks offensive and defensive lines that the men of the saints are going to put cleat marks on their stomachs and really run up the score: 66-7.

LOL - 66 pts... REALLY? I wouldn't doubt the 7, but 66?
What's up with the wise **** remarks?
It hasn't been that long ago, when the bag people ruled your stands and you couldn't GIVE a ticket away to that shithole

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