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@a57se @ArifHasan thus completing the comparison! Jackie Robinson and Black America were told the same thing. I knew you'd get there.
5 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/Its-time.html
I mentioned this on twitter, but I don't think it makes sense to call this his "deepest, darkest secret" because of a few things:
1. It's not a "dark" secret. Period.
2. It was an open secret on campus
3. By definition, you can not know if you know someone's deepest secret.
@a57se @ArifHasan if the argument is on the history of violence that LGBT people had to go through, you're on the losing end of the argument. The history of rape, murder, and psychological torture is not only extensive but global.
And it was also institutionalized, though perhaps not in the same way. Officers regularly beat and killed men and women thought to be homosexual up until the 90s. Gay men and women (much less bisexual and transgender people) were regularly committed to mental institutions and submitted to years of torment both physical and emotional at being told they aren't who they are. They would literally have people attempt to "beat the gay out of them," and when that didn't work, perhaps electroshock therapy.
It's odd that you would bring up the historical background for Jackie Robinson's groundbreaking reintroduction into the MLB and very little of the political climate of the time, because it is impossible to argue that there isn't a history of violence against gay, bisexual and transgender men and women. Even today, approximately 90% of transgender, gay, lesbian, bisexual students are subject to harassment within the past year, as opposed to nearly half of the generalized student population.
Gay and lesbian youth are four times more likely to commit suicide in the United States and the rate of suicides for transgender people is even higher: 41%. LGBT students are three times as likely to report that they don't feel safe in school (22% to 7%), and 40% of homeless youth are LGBT.
But rape, murder, torture and psychological abuse is "no big deal" in the context of larger historical strides.
@a57se Why isn't that comparison apt?
@cgeneral19 but Rick Reilly told me that indigenous Americans do not find it offensive! Surely he must be right.
10 months ago on Add Bill Simmons to the list of those boycotting the Redskins name
@SwamiSays @BrandonPurdy It is absurd how you think the Seahawks rely on the read-option. They ran it, at most, 3 plays a game. So NFL coordinators figure out the read-option. Big deal.
Wilson's rushing average was 5.2 yards per attempt—hardly the stuff of legends when it comes to QB runners. Their offense came from Marshawn Lynch's legs and Wilson's arm, not the other way around.
Did you watch the Seahawks last year? The last six games of the season, they may have had the best offense in the country.
Also, the read-option damages QBs that don't know how to avoid hits. Not only is Wilson built better to take damage than most QBs (he weighs as much as RGIII but is four inches shorter, as you like to point out), he also avoids damage by running out of bounds or sliding. Michael Vick did not.
Russell Wilson isn't new to anyone, but neither was Ben Roethlisberger, who had one of his best seasons (statistically) as a sophomore.
11 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/NFP-Sunday-Blitz-7081.html
@PJD They do it fairly often. Always in the morning for an hour, and then a half-hour or more in pads.
And then they start hitting people.
11 months, 3 weeks ago on Training Camp Access Day 4
"I'm not going to bore you with a 10 page blog post on how every second went of every practice."
Whoa, hey now. Nothing wrong with 10 page blog posts!
11 months, 4 weeks ago on 2013 Vikings Training Camp Coverage - (For The Real Vikings Fan)
This is his schtick. I come here specifically for this. I'm not interested in stories about who he thought was overrated, but I'm extremely interested in what a "double snake hybrid yankee squibble route" is. It's a niche, and he very clearly fills this particular niche. I'm not going to ask him to change, because those other articles exist out there. ESPN magazine will carry a lot of those, for example ("Player X" columns), and you can find them on Bleacher Report and Grantland, too. That's not what this is, and that's why I came. If you don't want to buy the product he offers, don't buy it.
2 years ago on An inside look at Jon Gruden's game plan | National Football Post
@jmscooby you're joking. Who does this information get to that shouldn't have it? This is something that every NFL team would have, especially if Gruden were still coaching - which he's not. I also assume this is significantly less detailed than almost every real NFL breakdown, so it's not really as useful and it doesn't give any "trade secrets" away.
Matt - I personally appreciate this a lot. It gives me a ton of insight into how defenses approach coaches and teams in game prep.