This story is illustrates some of the more annoying aspects of the media, sports fans, and sports in general.
1) The rush to get the story out. The rush to get it out preceded having very many actual facts.
2) The lack of nuance. You either have to scream on one side or scream on the other.
3) The rush to judgment. Martin has been a wimp, hero, role model, chicken, etc... all over the span of a week.
4) The need for drama and narrative.
One last thing. Isn't the "treatment" Martin seems to have gotten/may have gotten/did get/didn't get the same treatment EVERY kicker gets everyday of their lives?
Variatio delectat - Cicero
The other guy seems to be fairly sane and has a Stanford education (well, he went to Stanford - he'd also been accepted to Harvard, though they don't offer scholarships), and was raised by two Harvard alums.
Gee, I know which one I'd be more likely to believe.
I think, like most things, both sides as probably a bit guilty. Incognito appears to be a scum bag, but I do think Martin isn't just an innocent victim either. It's just my gut on how this whole story feels. I'm in no way defending Incognito by trying to blame the victim, so don't attack me as though I am.
There's a world of pro athletes that I can't completely understand and never will. All I can do is offer my opinions on the stories [and that's all 99% of it is, stories, not facts] and continue to read when I'm completely bored.
Championships for MY teams in my lifetime:
Cincinnati Reds - 75, 76, 90
Chicago Blackhawks - 10, 13
University of Kentucky - 78, 96, 98, 12
Cincinnati Bengals - None
Chicago Bulls - 91, 92, 93, 96, 97, 98
Cam Cleeland (who actually won a lawsuit against the Saints and six players when he was hit in the eye with a pillowcase full of coins during a "fun" hazing event that was "just part of that wacky NFL culture" back in 1998) on Rich Incognito:
http://deadspin.com/nfl-hazing-victi...64880/@Tom_Ley"I'm not afraid to say that he was an immature, unrealistic scumbag," Cleeland said. "When it came down to it, he had no personality, he was a locker-room cancer, and he just wanted to fight everybody all the time. It was bizarre beyond belief."
I'm starting to wish some team would sign Tim Tebow, because I'm already getting annoyed at the level of coverage this story is getting now.
23 Years and Counting...
"This isnít stats vs scouts - this is stats and scouts working together, building an organization that blends the best of both worlds. This is the blueprint for how a baseball organization should be run. And, whether the baseball men of the 20th century like it or not, this is where baseball is going."---Dave Cameron, U.S.S. Mariner