They’re tired of being shown and told that an Odell Beckham Jr., Cam Newton, Josh Norman, Richard Sherman and Antonio Brown — players who should be stars based only on their considerable skills, yet are so extra-attention-driven that they rate TV cameras to even follow their sideline conduct — are worthy of our unconditional admiration.
But the dignified are not that easy. They recognize the ridiculous, flag-insisting and now weekly misbehavior of a Beckham isn’t any more sufferable when the Giants win; they don’t practice such one-conditional love. Newton, for crying out loud, sat out a game with a concussion suffered because he slowed to showboat into the end zone rather than run!
The NFL’s biggest, most heavily marketed stars are among the most difficult for the dignified to root for.
Considering that viewpoint and how Donald has consistently ranked as one of the most disruptive defenders in football since he stepped onto the field as a rookie, I don’t know why the Rams are pausing before writing a check that rewards him for his stellar play.
3. Bill Belichick, coach, Patriots (10): Can he win without Tom Brady? For at least the first four games, we’re about to find out if Belichick can repeat his 2008 success with Matt Cassel while Brady serves his Deflategate suspension. Then again, even a 1-3 or 2-2 start with Jimmy Garoppolo would be no reason to panic, considering New England always seems to start slow and finish fast.
There, he tapes transitions (“Need to get to Tennessee on the Red Zone Channel, hello Greg Gumbel and Trent Green for Texans and Titans”) to be used in the unlikely event he’s in the men’s room when it’s time for him to throw it to a specific game. The broadcast hasn’t used one of those in years, and, though there’s time for him to make a pit stop while network coverage of a game is on the screen, he hasn’t gone to the bathroom once all season during his seven-plus hours of weekly broadcast time.
One would think that by now, if such a me-first, no-awareness-of-circumstances, outcome-altering thing happened even once in a game played at its highest, most expensive professional level, it wouldn’t happen again.
Richardson trade… The trade of Sheldon Richardson from the Jets to Seattle gives the Seahawks a formidable defensive line. They now can use Richardson alongside Cliff Avril, Michael Bennett and Frank Clark. When the Seahawks won the Super Bowl title in the 2013 season, they had a defensive front that was both extremely talented and extremely deep. This season’s version might be able to rival that.