What Color is Your Field ?

By Lamar Battle

Reprinted from 2014 and just in time for football season !

I noticed during a recent Chicago Bears loss to the Green Bay Packers the grass in Soldier Field, home of the Chicago Bears had a yellowish hue,

The field was pock marked with divots and appeared to have sections that were patched in. In an era where NFL teams showcase state of the art stadiums with thick synthetic grass with rubber pellets that simulate dirt and minimize injuries It’s curious that the Bears would subject a million dollar product ( the players) to sub standard conditions.

As a matter fact around the country there are stadiums that are truly spectacular.
The flag ship may be AT@T (Home of the Cowboys) Stadium in Texas which has hosted an NBA All Star game and is slated for future final fours and super bowls. So impressive is this domed facility that tours are conducted year round. Detroit’s ( yes I said Detroit) Ford Field boast a roof, first rate turf and four levels of sky boxes located over seats that provide all of the fans great views.

Then there’s the Super Dome in New Orleans, enough said. Houston, Atlanta, St Louis and Indianapolis all sport domed stadiums where fans are always comfortable. In the case of Phoenix there is a stadium that transports the entire field in and out with the use of a sophisticated system of rollers thus ensuring that natural grass can be used in a domed stadium with a retractable roof. Imagine what that must have cost ?

Of course everyone knows that we reside in the city of big shoulders where player and fan alike endure the elements in some sort of weird display of entertainment machismo. Even in the presence of tornado warnings Bear fans just retire to the concourse area until the threat is over.

Could it be that tradition and loyalty are time tested ways to save money at the expense of working people ? On many fronts Chicago is considered to be a world class city but we always seem to roll out discounted amenities. The 300 section in th United Center is so high ( In a building that seats over 21,000) that fans have to watch the game on the Jumbo Tron. U.S. Cellular Field once had seats so high and steep that fans were afraid of falling out to the field. Wrigley Field amounts to a 1950’s era park with the allure of bars and restaurants in the surrounding area to appease the faithful.

Now, I must admit that Soldiers Field is not hard on the eyes and it does boast a splendid view of the Chicago skyline, but basically we are just talking about additional seats heaped on top of what was left of the old stadium. Of course, owners of any team can choose whatever design they desire, considering that taxpayers never contribute ( pun intended) and most owners sell stadium naming rights to corporations for peanuts.

Today, stadiums can utilize sun and rain shades for fans on upper levels while leaving the playing surface exposed. Millers Park in Milwaukee boast a retractable roof. Can you believe that ? A retractable roof in Milwaukee? must have cost a fortune.

Seems interesting that two of the cities with the biggest income discrepancies between rich and poor also offer two of the worst football stadiums. The accused are Chicago and New York.

To be honest, a game at Soldier Field is not so bad unless of course, It happens to be raining or 20 degrees outside.



By Darryl Wren

That’s right…instead of the old Gatorade song commercial “I wanna be like Mike”…(as in Michael Jordan) change the name of the song to “I wanna be like Derek”!

As in Derek Jeter (who also endorses Gatorade)!

Why? I’m glad you asked…here’s why…Derek Jeter was an All Star SS, Captain, future Hall of Famer and from all accounts model citizen in the most high profile city (in arguably the world)…New York City while playing for arguably the most high profile team in ALL of sports…the New York Yankees!

He has dated some of the most HIGH profile women in the world…a list that includes the following…Mariah Carey, Tyra Banks, Scarlett Johansson, Minka Kelly, Jessica Alba, Jessica Biel, Jordana Brewster, Hannah Davis, Lara Dutta, Joy Enriquez, Bridget Hall, Vida Guerra, Vanessa Minnillo and Adriana Lima…just to name a few.

He’s never been married, never fathered any children (no ‘baby mama’s’) and MOST importantly (and THIS is where I’m going with this story)…NEVER BEEN ACCUSED OF RAPE!

How was he able to accomplish this in New York of all places?

Here’s my take on why…first and foremost, he obviously has some class and dignity about himself, he’s never been in any type of scandal, he doesn’t ‘put his business in the street’, my understanding is even if you’re allowed in his home you aren’t allowed to take photos or record (all electronic devices are ‘checked in’ at the door), NONE of the women he’s dated has spoken ill of him or tried in some type of way to tarnish his reputation and as you can see from above, he’s been with quite a few…and these are just the ones I’ve heard about.

But do you see the pattern I’ve laid out above? Not a ‘broke’, ‘skank’, ‘skeezer’, ‘bust down’, ‘chicken head’, ‘hood rat’, ‘thot’, ‘zero type’, ex or current ‘hooker’, ‘porn star’ or ‘club hoe’ in the bunch!

All above are entertainers/actresses, models, singers and or business women…in other words…women ABOUT something!

You bring quality home you usually wake up next to it in the morning…you lie down with dogs you usually wake up with fleas…it’s that simple!

Which finally gets me to the two ‘ANTI’ Derek Jeter’s…Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks and Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls…both who have recently been accused of RAPE!

It matters not to me whether either or both are guilty or innocent…one thing they damn sure both are is STUPID!

Why even put yourself in that position?

You KNOW you are a target if for no other reason than your fame and money! You MUST be careful about the women you choose to associate with. That doesn’t mean a woman has to have fame or money (like those listed above) in order to be of quality but if you associate with a woman who is about something and HAS something you are far less likely to be in the position Mssrs. Kane and Rose now find themselves in. And another thing, if you want to stay out of trouble…DUMP YOUR CREW!

Your fame and money alone has made you ‘outgrow’ them…it’s time to move on (you can still remain friends just limit the time your around them)! If you still want to ‘hang’ with your ‘crew’ and they were stupid BEFORE you got rich and famous you think they’re smarter now that you are rich and famous? Being stupid and broke is bad enough, being stupid with money is even worse! A fool and his money are lucky to get together in the first place…the relationship is guaranteed not to last long! And if you still choose to hang with them you’re the MOST stupid of them all!

When Jay Z had the elevator incident last year with his sister in law Solange Knowles did you notice that he not only was smart enough NOT to hit her back (after she tried to punch and kick him) but one of his boys…let’s call him ‘Cecil’ calmly grabbed him and held back Solange (without striking her) and quickly whisked Jay Z off of that elevator as soon as the doors opened!

Every famous person should have him (or her) a ‘Cecil’…someone you can trust who’s smart enough to know when you aren’t being smart and keep you out of harm’s way! Trust me, if you hire the right one they’re worth whatever you’re paying them…it definitely beats the alternative!

I bet Derek Jeter has him one…however, something tells me his ‘Cecil’ is in fact named…Derek Jeter!

Remember…the new song should be “I wanna be like Derek…JETER”!

Reprinted with permission from thestartinglineup.com


Can Jimmy Butler And Derrick Rose Co Exist ?

” I am a point guard”.

With those recent words Bulls shooting guard Jimmy Butler told Bulls.com that he and Derrick Rose will be a force to be reckoned with going forward or he announced to the world that after claiming the mantle of team leader during last seasons playoffs he is now asking for control of the ball and offense.

Here’s what we Know:

In his fourth season Jimmy Butler (22.9 ppg 44.1 fg% 38.9 3pt% ) per Bulls.com, established himself as a first time All-Star and one of the best two way players in the NBA,

Former MVP Derrick Rose is returning after a successful season ( 20.3 ppg 39.6 fg% 34.8 3pt% ) per Bulls.com, and is working to re-establish himself after a history of injuries as one of the top players in the NBA.

It was alleged Derrick and Jimmy did not get along last season and during the playoffs
Jimmy has to this point offered explanations and insist that he and Derrick are ok and will be united in their desire to win a championship.

Derrick has said little to nothing about the alleged rift.

The Bulls hired 1st time head coach Fred Hoiburg to bring together what was described by some as a toxic locker room during last season.

What are the prospects ?

Per distinguished NBA writer Sam Smith in response to Jimmy Butler’s assertion. ” It sounds like a joke for the guy who was supposed to be a small forward replacement for Luol Deng. But having another guard who can handle the ball and allow Rose to play off the ball with Butler’s defensive prowess provides a potentially exceptional and previously unknown element to the Bulls arsenal. ”

This to me sounds like solid analysis however, isn’t it possible for Jimmy Butler to accomplish all of the above from the two guard position ?

Isiah Thomas and Joe Dumars were one of the pre-eminent back courts in NBA history as they shared ball handling duties with each being capable of initiating the offense for the Detroit Pistons.

There were times when Isiah would operate from the wing position and move without the basketball, Joe Dumars would do the same depending on match ups and or tactical advantages.

What I find interesting is Joe Dumars never announced to the world first that he is the team leader and then he plays the position of his teams established point guard who just happens to be a league MVP.

On the surface Jimmy Butler’s new found confidence could just be a natural changing of the guard (no pun intended ). However it begs to question, how does Derrick Rose feel about all of this ? Is Derrick in agreement with Jimmy ? Will he abdicate leadership? Should he?

Maybe a review of game six of last years eastern conference finals could prove instructive where Derrick Rose seemingly backed off during the late stages of the game when the Cleveland Cavaliers turned it into a rout.

There were those who theorized that Derrick was giving Butler room to prove he could carry the team, whether he was or not, it was not a pretty sight for a team that returns it’s entire roster for the up-coming season.

The success of the Chicago Bulls this season could hinge on a rookie coach’s ability to forge this group of alpha males into a cohesive unit.

Are The Chicago Blackhawks A Dynasty ?

By Daryl Wren,

Are the Chicago Blackhawks a dynasty? Yes!

The Chicago Blackhawks have just won their third Stanley Cup in the last six years which everyone acknowledges is a tremendous feat but the question being posed right now (mostly from the media) is are they a dynasty?

Short answer in my opinion, yes!

However, the question that no one has yet (in my opinion) to answer is what exactly defines a dynasty?

That’s where the ‘blurred lines’ come in because the definition varies depending on who you ask. Some simply say yes because they’ve won three Cups in six years…nuff said (I’m more in that ‘camp’). Some call it a “modern dynasty” (like “Jeopardy”…I’ll accept that answer) because since the 2004-05 NHL lockout (which cancelled the entire season that year) they are the first team to win three Stanley Cups. Why should that make a difference you may ask? Because after that lockout the NHL instituted a salary cap and unlike the NBA (which still allows teams to go ‘over’ the cap) the NHL doesn’t allow for a team to pay a ‘luxury tax’ should they go ‘over’ the cap…it is what’s called a ‘hard’ cap…you CAN’T go over it!

This makes it MUCH harder for a team in the NHL to win championships consistently because they are ‘bound’ by the cap. You can’t simply just go out and spend on the best players to your hearts content or maintain them (like you could before the lockout) you now have to actually scout, nurture and cultivate young talent through your minor league system (while still spending on free agent talent whenever possible) and then bring them up to your team and hope and pray they materialize into great players (Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Corey Crawford, etc…). While knowing you will LOSE some of those same great players in a short period of time because of the salary cap.

Some say they aren’t a dynasty (prefaced by “not yet” in most cases while still acknowledging it being a great feat) because they compare the Blackhawks to the Montreal Canadians of the 1970’s who won five Stanley Cups (between 1973-79) or the New York Islanders of the 1980’s who won four straight (1980-83) or the Edmonton Oilers who won five (between 1984 and 1990). All dynasties and great accomplishments obviously, but this was all PRE salary cap. While taking absolutely nothing away from those great teams I doubt if they could have won ALL (some if not most) of those Stanley Cups had a salary cap been in place because they couldn’t have signed or kept all of those great players they had.

But my definition of a dynasty goes a little deeper than maybe most because I look at sustainability.

In other words, were you able to maintain a consistent level of excellence in the years you DIDN’T win the championship? Were your teams competitive, a perennial playoff contender during those ‘down’ years? If the answer is yes, (see most recently over the last few years the New England Patriots, San Antonio Spurs, St. Louis Cardinals and yes…the Chicago Blackhawks all in each ‘major’ sport who can claim that mantle) then you my friend have what in my book is called a dynasty!

All of these organizations have maintained ‘power’ over a period of time (not ‘winning it’ every year which is close to impossible) and always being ‘in the hunt’ as well as seeing no immediate end to that power or dominance…that’s a dynasty!

Or break it down to it’s lowest common denominator, what’s the old saying? If you have to ask the question you already know the answer. I will say, in this ‘new’ era of the NHL salary cap that literally ‘forces’ and almost ‘rigs’ parity which also has a playoff format that really doesn’t ‘favor’ the ‘top’ teams what the Blackhawks have done in the last six years is downright amazing!

But at the ‘end of the day’ it’s up to us the individual to decide (in our own minds I guess) how we want to define the 2014-15 Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks!

Me myself, I like the answer Scotty Bowman (Senior VP of Hockey Operations for the Blackhawks) and father of current G.M. Stan Bowman (named after the Cup) gave after the team won this current Stanley Cup…”oh yeah, it’s a dynasty”!

Who is Scotty Bowman some of you may ask (longtime hockey fans already know)?

He is only the former coach with the record for most wins in NHL history (fourteen hundred and sixty seven) total, the record for Stanley Cups as a coach (nine) which includes those five I listed above with the Montreal Canadians, one with the Pittsburgh Penguins and three with the Detroit Red Wings and five additional Stanley Cups as a player. I think he knows the definition of a dynasty.

And for those who may say he’s biased because his son is now the Blackhawks G.M. my answer is simple…so!

After all of his accomplishments (that I just listed)…I think I’ll take his definition of the Blackhawks being a dynasty (and any possible bias) over oh…I don’t know…EVERYBODY’S (mine included)!

Honestly, is there ANYBODY out there that has accomplished more in this sport than him and can claim to know more?

Once again, if you have to ask the question you already know the answer!

No matter where you may stand on this issue I think there’s one thing we can ALL agree on…

Congratulations to the 2014-15 Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks!


Reprinted with permission from thestartinglineup.net

Are The Cavaliers On The Verge Of An NBA Title ?

Sight seen. Golden State Warrior star guard and league MVP Stephen Curry leaving the court after a loss by his team by the Cleveland Cavaliers 96 to 91 in game 3 of the NBA finals.

As Curry left the floor his head was down and shaking from side to side clearly displaying his disappointment in going down two games to one in this best of seven series.

Curry had his best game of the series leading his team with a game high 27 points but it was not enough to stymie Lebron James and the Cavs who through three games have somehow managed to control the tempo of each contest.

Who knows what was going through Curry’s mind at the time ? Maybe he wished he could be playing better or maybe his team mates could’ve upped their games ?
Nevertheless, walking off the court at the end of a key game with your head down was not good form.

The Cleveland Cavaliers are deliberate and physical and they have basically dictated the terms of battle. On defense the Cavs are jamming cutters and contesting shots. Power forward Tristan Thompson (pressed into duty after the season ending injury to starter Kevin Love) has been on a Moses Malone like tear in attacking the offensive glass.

The Cavs have successfully used their size advantage to discourage drives to the basket as they enjoyed a 44 to 36 advantage on points in the paint while holding the Warriors to 40% shooting overall.

On offense Lebron James enjoys dissecting the Warrior defense from the post as keeps the pressure on with strong moves to the basket and laser like passes to open team mates.

With the exception of Steph Curry the Warriors are a rhythm shooting team but in surrendering the pace and tone of the game the Warriors have allowed the Cavaliers to crack their offensive code.

To have a chance to even the series the Warriors will need to force Cavalier defenders, particularly Timofey Mozgov and Thristan Thompson to defend the entire floor.

To accomplish this the Warriors have to utilize more ball movement particularly from side to side while probing the defense for weaknesses.

On defense the Warriors need to assign two players to follow JR Smith and Iman Shumpert everywhere ( use crazy glue if needed).

To be fair, this series is a long ways from over but then I return to Mr. Curry walking off the floor with his head down.

You see part of the stark beauty of the Finals is that to win an NBA title a team must be willing to raise their level of intensity to near injury levels ( Cleveland is there) and most importantly, experience teaches that psychological tactics are in full effect.

Steph Curry’s gesture could very well just be an honest expression of disappointment but as the leader of his team he appeared defeated and that my friend, is never appropriate during the NBA Finals with your team watching. (Contrast Curry’s exit to LeBron leaving the court after a game one Cleveland loss. He was pissed and he was defiant)

If the Warriors can remember who they are while raising their level of intensity this could become really interesting really fast. But?

Who will win the prize ?

Can’t say for sure but there is a pretty good chance that by this time next year we could looking at the next U.S. Senator from the great state of Ohio…..LeBron James.

Is The Window Closed For The Bulls Title Hopes ?

By Lamar Battle

Home loss against the Cavs in a game that saw the Bulls seemingly quit.

The Bulls lost in six games to a Cavalier team akin to a wounded animal. Starting power forward Kevin Love was out for the playoffs and starting point guard Kyrie Irving was seriously hampered with an injured ankle.

Could the Bulls finally get past long time foe ( and soon to be G.O.A.T.) Lebron James 53120-derrick-rose-chicago?

No !

What seemed to happen was a Bulls team that literally gave up and accepted defeat in front of the home faithful. The once vaunted Chicago defense started taking on water and the players suddenly appeared to forget how to score.

Did coach Thibodeau fail to make the needed adjustments for victory?

Former Bulls coach( as of today) Thibs was the subject of a season long feud with Bulls General Manager Gar Forman and team V.P. of Basketball Operations John Paxson.
Coach Thibodeau was undermined in front of his team from the start of the season ( key players were approached and told the coach does not have teir backs) establishing him as a lame duck coach.

To be fair, Thibs was accused constantly of overworking his players ( possibly contributing to key injuries) and perhaps suffering from a lack of offensive creativity in his play calling.

There were adjustments that could have been made on offense.

But, there is a flip side.

What if the Cavalier game was lost in January when a players mini mutiny almost cost coach Thibs his Job? Bulls players were harping on each other for not working hard enough while simultaneously complaining that that the coach was working them too hard.

What if coach Thibodeau lost his team at that point ( in January) when, after calling for a team practice he was over ruled by John Paxson who suggested instead that the team have a meeting where players could voice their concerns.

These were indeed uncharted waters for the Bulls, an organization that always seemed to avoid the type of coach killing players that always popped up on mediocre teams.
Bulls management has always suffered through acrimonious relationships with their coaches but players rarely if ever got themselves involved.

One thing is certain, when a coach loses his platform as the leader it doesn’t matter much which offensive and defensive schemes he employs.

What if the Bulls lacked the personnel to compete against the Cavaliers of the world ? Pau Gasol was old, Joakim Noah, Kirk Hinrich and Taj Gibson were getting old and unlike the Cavaliers, Spurs, Blazers, Warriors and Rockets the Bulls possessed only one player who could create for himself and others, ( Derrick Rose).

The NBA is a players league that is changing as we speak. Teams are trending towards 3 point shooting, speed, length and athleticism.

Maybe, just maybe the Bulls were running the sets best suited for their personnel?

What if any moves need to be made by the Bulls to rebound ?

The team has rights to the 22nd pick in this years draft so don’t expect much help there.
The team has immediate needs in rebounding and shot blocking ( for those of us who caught Tristan Thompson’s one man destruction of the Bulls front line).

Basically, playing time has too be found for young players like Tony Snell, Nikola Mirotic’ and Doug McDermott.
Picking up a tall scoring back up point guard would also be a step in the right direction and as hard as it may seem, tough decisions have to be made regarding Hinrich, Noah and Gibson.

This all leads us to the question?

Is the championship window for this current Bulls version closed ?

Answer: How long before LeBron James turns forty?

You don’t Get Punished for Cheating…You Get Punished for Getting Caught Cheating !

By Daryl Wren,

Look, Tom Brady cheated!

I’m sick and tired of all of the pundits trying to generalize, parse words or use semantics when describing what is obvious to any non-nut! The NFL found MORE than enough evidence against Tom Brady to determine that he played a HUGE part in having the balls used in the AFC Championship game against the Indianapolis Colts deflated. PERIOD!

Ok, most athletes and or coaches (hell, teams and organizations) do whatever they can to gain a competitive edge against their opponent…

Examples: A particular MLB team leads the league in stolen bases so let’s have our grounds crew ‘water down’ our infield so as to limit their traction on our field making it harder for them to steal against us or this NFL team has some of the worst fans on earth so let’s ‘pipe in’ crowd noise to make it harder for the opposing team to hear plays being called because we can’t generate that noise organically ourselves or one (or more) of the players on a particular NHL team has their sticks ‘curved’ beyond the league limit because it allows them to control the puck better or an NBA coach asks one of his players to ‘intentionally’ knock a cup of soda out of his hands onto the court to gain an additional timeout…I could go on and on but you get my point.

And you know what? As a former high school, college and semi-pro baseball and football player I didn’t then nor do I now have a huge problem with it. It’s called trying to gain a competitive edge any way you can. It’s been going on since the beginning of all sports and will never stop.

He, like most QB’s in the NFL likes his football’s a certain way which I understand but in at least this case (and I’m sure other cases) the football’s didn’t meet regulation inflation (hey, that rhymes). Anyway, is it the ‘worst’ thing you can do in the NFL? Of course not!

When I played baseball in high school I was a ‘student’ of the game (thank mom’s for that) and I learned how to steal the other teams ‘signs’…this ability I was able to acquire was then and is still now in all levels of baseball considered cheating. My attitude was/is if you’re dumb enough to ‘tip off’ your signs I’m dumb enough to steal em’. I saw it as no more than ‘gaining a competitive edge’.

Those who label cheating as cheating no matter the severity will never ‘get it’ and will ask that the perpetrator be punished to the ‘full extent of the law’ and those who feel like me and know it’s simply ‘part of the game’ will never look at it as ‘truly’ cheating.

All that being said…do you REALLY want to know why the NFL punished Tom Brady with a four game suspension (pending appeal)?

Mainly because he got caught (the preponderance of evidence was overwhelming) but here’s the REAL reason for the severity of the punishment…Tom Brady and that ‘smug-ass’ and ‘arrogant’ attitude of his and the way he went about trying to be ‘above it all’ as if to say…”do you know who I am?”!

I learned a lot from my parents and one thing I distinctly remember my dad saying to me was…”know when the jig is up”!

You’ve been busted, you’ve been caught, give it up. Admit what you did and ‘move on’! Not Tom Brady…he decided to basically ‘double-down’ and come very close to Ryan Braun-ville by trying to implicate two team employees (and why would the Patriots suspend both these guys before the league could get to them if ‘nothing’ happened?) and have them take the fall. That I don’t respect and neither did the league and this is one time where I’m with the league. He deliberately went out of his way to ‘stall’ the investigation as best as he could and then refused to cooperate in any meaningful way even after knowing…”the jig was up”!

And of course, after last year’s Ray Rice debacle (by the way, you will NEVER see him in the league again) the NFL wants to make sure that punishments are doled out properly and also, don’t forget ‘Spy-Gate’…the Patriots have a ‘history’ of (getting caught) cheating therefore, you get (what some deem as harsh) the four game suspension.

Do I hate the Patriots? You damn right I do…do I feel sorry for them? Not in this life! But (as I’ve stated in these pages before) I also hate the Yankees, Packers, Notre Dame, Duke, etc…etc…however, I can hate a team and STILL respect what they’ve accomplished and how they go about winning in which case I still respect how the Patriots simply win!

But the Patriots to me ‘major in the minor’…in other words, they cheat when they really don’t have to. They win primarily because they have more talent than anyone else and a better coach than most…that’s the only competitive edge they need. They don’t win because they cheat. ‘Spy-Gate’ and ‘Deflate-Gate’ really had nothing to do with them winning Super Bowl’s. So you might ask…why did they cheat? Same reasons Barry Bonds, Roger Clemons and Alex Rodriguez cheated…paranoid, arrogant, greedy and stupid to use a few adjectives!

None of them needed to…they all would have been Hall of Famer’s (Brady will get in for the NFL) anyway because they were extraordinary and superior talents…just not always in the ‘up stairs department’ if you know what I mean! They all got caught and are now paying a price for it (Bonds, Clemons and Rodriguez the ultimate price…no Hall of Fame…probably ever).

I’m about to tell my age now but they remind me of Richard Nixon back in 1972 ‘bugging’ the Democratic Headquarters at the Watergate Hotel (for those of you too young to know or too old to remember…the term ‘Gate’ e.g. ‘Spy-Gate’, ‘Deflate-Gate’, ‘Bounty-Gate’, etc…when speaking on any major scandal derives from the Water’gate’ break-in in 1972) when Nixon wound up winning 49 of 50 states in that year’s election anyway! What the hell do you care what’s in the Democratic Headquarters? Of course, we all know what happened after that…Nixon was ‘forced’ to resign…not because he was the ONLY President to ever cheat in office but because he was one of the few to get ‘caught’ cheating while in office! Nixon got greedy, paranoid, arrogant and…well, you get the picture!

The only thing worse that cheating when you don’t have to is getting CAUGHT cheating when you don’t have to. Think back to your school days, if you truly practiced and studied for a test and knew you knew the answers why would you cheat? That makes no sense right? In essence, that’s what Brady (and the other aforementioned players and Nixon did…cheat on a test they already knew the answers to). More often than not, we get caught doing wrong when we get greedy and the cheating is unnecessary (ever wonder why ‘greed’ is one of the seven sins?).

So the next time you hear someone say while defending Brady or the Patriots, “well they all cheat” just tell em’…”yeah, but they don’t all get caught”!


Reprinted with permission from thestartinglineup.net