From NBC to Calipari to Rob Manfred: Lying is sports’ new normal

December 18, 2015 - Picnic Time

I don’t know how many hundreds of thousands were watching, though a usually ones who missed it — even during replays — were with NBC, a network that televised it.

Or was it that NBC, after years of enlivening and rewarding such behavior, chose not to see it?

Sunday night, Patriots defensive lineman Jabaal Sheard sacked Texans quarterback Brian Hoyer, afterwards got bustling doing an requisite dance of extreme self-affection. As Sheard achieved his “how-great-I-art” bit, he was incompetent to see that he had caused Hoyer to fumble. Patting himself on a back, he ran divided from a exile ball.

Equally as stomach-turning was that no one from NBC — not Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth or anyone giving instructions from a promote lorry — saw fit to discuss this, let alone reject it.

Not that prior episodes of players too bustling pulsation their chests to see a play’s still on has brought reprobation from TV’s commentators. Pandering is what TV does, and from what a law and sports suffer.

We’re usually invitees to a Idiots’ Picnic, left to shrug during plain truths as they go tacit or reputed unseen.

We’re some-more expected to be told self-satisfied lies. Our sports’ commissioners, group owners and sport-partnered TV networks insist FanDuel and DraftKings are not gambling operations.

OK, so afterwards because would they deposit tens of millions of dollars in those operations? Where would a expected increase come from, if not from losing bets?

Sunday’s Steelers-Bengals game, played by professionals (college men, no less), was prefaced by a nearby prison-yard fight during warm-ups, an on-field con lighted by melancholy tweets sent weeks ago by Pittsburgh linebacker Vince Williams to Cincinnati linebacker Vontaze Burfict. West Side AFC North Story.

Afterward, Bengals descent tackle and former actor repute Andrew Whitworth blamed it all on NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for not punishing Williams. Perhaps so, though what had NFLPA trainer DeMaurice Smith finished to forestall it?

The game’s second play was wiped out after Steelers far-reaching receiver Antonio Brown, off a dwindle and excellent for bad control a prior game, and defensive behind Dre Kirkpatrick drew mutual unsportsmanlike control penalties. Second play of a game! Was that Goodell’s fault, too?

John Calipari left Massachusetts in customary big-time college basketball disrepute. For what it’s worth, UMass had to empty NCAA Tournament wins underneath Calipari — identical to being evicted after you’ve changed out.

No matter. And no matter that Memphis, underneath Calipari, also had to empty wins.

In both cases, Calipari strike a highway before a sanctions came down. But this week, over dual days, Calipari was respected by UMass.

Athletic executive Ryan Bamford: “We are vehement to applaud Coach Calipari for his many contributions to a abounding basketball story and his conspicuous Hall of Fame career that started during UMass. Dec 15 and 16 will be special days for this university as we remember a truly golden epoch for UMass basketball.”

Play stupid, y’all! That “golden era” was built on violation a rules. Is UMass endorsing that, dogmatic it would gladly do whatever-it-takes again?

Commissioner Rob “It’s Not Gambling” Manfred has dynamic Pete Rose still doesn’t get it. I’m certain he doesn’t; Manfred’s right.

Pete RosePhoto: Getty Images

It seems everybody has a Pete Rose story, zero good. That FOX this past deteriorate hired him was one of those “edgy” TV decisions that are not usually worthless, though also fast outcome in we’re-stuck-with-him, self-attached “Kick Me” signs. (See: ESPN, Ray Lewis.)

Baseball’s Hall of Fame chose George Steinbrenner for a Board of Directors notwithstanding Steinbrenner’s dual philosophy — one for a transgression — and dual suspensions from baseball. How did Steinbrenner validate for such a position? Whose call was that?

Again, when did plain truths turn irrelevant, obstructed, reconstructed? When did a many lofty customary turn a double-standard?

It seems a usually one to tell a plain law was ESPN’s Jon “Diogenes” Gruden. After Miami took a 14-10 lead over a Giants on Monday, he suggested to partner Mike Tirico that he cruise this law to be self-evident: “Giants behind by four; Eli Manning has to keep his gas pedal down. They’re gonna have to outscore Miami, Mike.”

Late Pepe a daily mainstay

Back when kids hereditary daily journal habits — morning and afternoon papers, too — we review Phil Pepe.

Pepe’s byline — he wrote for a World Telegram Sun before a Daily News — was prologue to reading about baseball.

Later, most later, we was appreciative to have Pepe as an email mentor, comprehensive assist and repremand on bad grammar. To that end, he contributed to this column. He knew, after all, that Wally Moses, in 1961, became a Yankees’ initial full-time batting coach.

Pepe died Sunday during 80. we never told him this, though as a high-school child afterwards in college, attractive a papers from a front step or mid-block “corner store,” we had breakfast with him roughly each day.

Rutgers’ Stringer offers no apologies

The 2007 inhabitant ire following a Don Imus show’s extremist cracks about a Rutgers women’s basketball group authorised a multitude of media who knew zero about manager C. Vivian Stringer to lubricate her a noblewoman, a saint.

C. Vivian StringerPhoto: AP

It was easy. If Imus and association were a extremist bad guys, Stringer, a team’s African-American coach, had to paint all that’s good.

Thus, while Imus was forced to apologize afterwards travel a plank, it done no disproportion that Stringer formerly refused to apologize for recruiting Shalicia Hurns, a 6-foot-3 core who had been tossed from Purdue following dual arrests and a village college for disciplinary reasons, before she was tossed from Rutgers, arrested for brutalizing and terrorizing her roommate, also a student-athlete, with a knife.

Given a event to demonstrate bewail for that recruit, Stringer defiantly said, “I don’t apologize for anything.”

Coaching for a taxpayer-funded university that in 2014 paid her $1.6 million from an jaunty dialect handling during a $36 million annual deficit, Stringer answers to no one.

Sunday, Rutgers’ women won during home, 65-26, over Savannah State. Rutgers led 21-2 after one quarter, 37-7 during a half. Still, one of Rutgers’ starters played 35 of 40 minutes, another played 28. A sophomore and occasional starter played 32 minutes. That’s sick.

One comparison initial entered with 2:01 left, apparently with a instructions not to blow it.

Even Savannah State played no child fewer than 5 minutes.

Lost Tapes: A few weeks ago, as if he indeed knew, Mike Francesa twice interrupted a tourist to condescendingly and sanctioned state, “[Bartolo] Colon will not be with a Mets, subsequent year.” Twice. Even by his full-of-it standard, it was adequate to roughly trust him. You know a rest.

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