No such thing as 'running up the score' in pro sports

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No such thing as 'running up the score' in pro sports

By Justin Aucoin
WickedGoodSports.com

On Sunday, Drew Brees did what many other NFL QBs, including Tom Brady, have tried and failed to do surpass Dan Marinos record for most passing yards in a single season.

To do it, the Saints had to score a lot of touchdowns on the Atlanta Falcons. And we mean a lot. Brees threw for four TDs and the Saints violated the Falcons, 45-16 a 29 point difference (Yay, math!). And while Brees and the Saints celebrated the fall of one record for another, the Falcons decided to play the role of poor sports to perfection.

Per CBS Sports, some quotes of a few sore losers:

"No need for that," one player said. "It came on our watch, but it didn't have to come that way. We won't forget it."

"That's just who they are," the Falcons player said. "We'll see them down the road. We won't forget any of it."

Someone call the Wahbulance cause Atlanta has a boo-boo on their ego.

Bad enough that some Falcons are crying that they couldnt stop the Saints, they had to do it nameless as well. What a bunch of cowards. Wed be embarrassed to be Falcons fans after something like that.

To be fair, not all of the Falcons were crying to mommy. Per Yahoo! Sports:

"No man, it's our job to stop them," said linebacker Sean Weatherspoon, who missed New Orleans running backDarren Sproleson the record-setting play. "I can't say I'm upset by them running up the score or anything like that when I had a chance to make a play."

Bingo! Props to Weatherspoon for not being a crybaby like his teammates, and realizing Atlanta has no one to blame but themselves. Theyre not playing Pop Warner football anymore; they play in the NFL. Its an obvious statement but sometimes these guys tend to forget that.

But since the Falcons cant direct their disappointment and anger into motivation weve created them all an award they can take home with them at the end of the year.

Perhaps the Falcons would prefer the NFL instate a slaughter rule or something. The unwritten rule of not running up the score is just that. If its that important to players they should just create an official slaughter rule and be done with it. But players wouldnt go for that because the idea of losing due to slaughter rule would also bruise their ego.

And thats what it all comes down to: ego. Teams who cant stop their opponents want them to go easy on them so they feel good about themselves, so they dont have to look in the mirror and and suck it up.

Heres the thing champs dont care about their opponents egos. Champs dont care if you cant stop them. Champs execute their game plan from beginning to end. Champs have that killer instinct and the ability to crush their opponents will to fight on. Huge blowouts like that show you the character of a team and, sad to say, the Falcons are weak in that category.

Atlanta was right in that they wont forget that New Orleans violated them like no ones business on national television. What matters is what the Falcons do with that memory. Can they turn it into motivation for their next match up? Or will it haunt them and eat away at their confidence the next time Brees starts throwing all over the field.

No one can stop the Saints from scoring on the Falcons except for the Falcons. It's time they learned that.

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Report: Celtics agree deal with Zeller and picks Jackson, Bentil

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Report: Celtics agree deal with Zeller and picks Jackson, Bentil

On a busy Saturday for the Celtics, they have agreed to a deals to bring back center Tyler Zeller and with draft picks Demetrius Jackson and Ben Bentil, Adam Himmelsbach of the Boston Globe reported.

Earlier Saturday, Sean Deveney of the Sporting News reported that the Celtics will sign guard Gerald Green. 

Himmelsbach reports that Zeller's is a $16 million, two-year deal with the second-year not guaranteed. Jackson, the point guard from Notre Dame who was the 45th overall selection in the draft, has a guaranteed deal and Bentil, the forward from Providence who was the 51st player drafted, has a partially guaranteed deal. 

The 7-foot Zeller averaged 6.1 points and 3.0 rebounds in 11.8 minutes a game last season. 

R.J. Hunter, James Young, Bentil and John Holland are in position to fight for the final roster spot, Himmelsbach reports, pending more deals, which the Celtics are reportedly working on. A source told Himmelsbach, that while there are probably changes coming, "There is no big deal right now." 

With Green, Zeller, and No. 3 overall pick Jaylen Brown, the Celtics have has 15 guaranteed contracts and three partial or non-guaranteed deals. 

 

Curran’s 100 plays that shaped a dynasty: A nice pair of kicks

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Curran’s 100 plays that shaped a dynasty: A nice pair of kicks

We're into the Top 10 now.

These are the plays of the Bill Belichick Era you best never forget. And probably can't. They're the ones that led directly to championships -- most for New England, a couple for the other guys. Or they're plays that signified a sea change in the way the New England Patriots under Belichick would be behaving from there on out.

I did my best to stack them in order of importance. You got a problem with that? Good. Let us know what's too high, too low or just plain wrong. And thanks for keeping up!

PLAY NUMBER: 4

THE YEAR: 2001 (actually Feb. 3, 2002)

THE GAME: Patriots 20, Rams 17

THE PLAY: Vinatieri 48-yarder in Superdome delivers SB36 win

WHY IT’S HERE: When the Red Sox won the World Series in 2004, it was viewed nationally and locally as a cathartic moment for a long-suffering region. Deliverance for a fanbase that resolutely suffered through 90 years of star-crossed heartbreak with a mix of stoicism and fatalism. “Long-suffering Red Sox fan” was a badge of honor, an identity. And New Englanders – baseball fans or not - would self-identify with the hideous notion of Red Sox Nation. There was no “Patriots Nation.” To drag out the forced metaphor, Patriots fans were living in tents and cabins in the wilderness, recluses. Reluctant to be seen in town where they’d be mocked. And suddenly, they cobbled together one of the most improbable, magical seasons in American professional sports, a year which gave birth to a dynasty which was first celebrated, now reviled but always respected. And while so many games and plays led to this 48-yarder – ones we’ve mentioned 12 times on this list – Adam Vinatieri kicking a 48-yarder right down the f****** middle to win the Super Bowl was an orgasmic moment for the recluses and pariahs that had been Patriots fans when nobody would admit to such a thing.
 

PLAY NUMBER: 3

THE YEAR: 2001 (actually Jan. 19, 2002)

THE GAME: Patriots 16, Raiders 13

THE PLAY: Vinatieri from 45 through a blizzard to tie Snow Bowl

WHY IT’S HERE: Two thoughts traveling on parallel tracks were running through the mind while Adam Vinatieri trotted onto the field and lined up his 45-yarder to tie Oakland in the 2001 AFC Divisional Playoff Game, the final one at Foxboro Stadium. “There’s no way he can make this kick in this weather,” was the first. “The way this season’s gone, I bet he makes this kick. It can’t end here. It can’t end now.” From where I was sitting in the press box I couldn’t see the ball clearly, probably because I was looking for it on a higher trajectory than Vinatieri used. So I remember Vinatieri going through the ball, my being unable to locate it in the air and then looking for the refs under the goalposts to see their signal. And when I located them, I saw the ball scuttle past. Then I saw the officials’ arms rise. Twenty-five years earlier, the first team I ever followed passionately – the ’76 Patriots – left me in tears when they lost to the Raiders in the playoffs. Now, at 33, I was covering that team and it had gotten a measure of retribution for the 8-year-old me.
 

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Report: Celtics to bring back Gerald Green with one-year deal

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Report: Celtics to bring back Gerald Green with one-year deal

The Celtics will sign free agent Gerald Green, the guard they drafted with the 18th overall pick back in 2005, Sean Deveney of the Sporting News reported.

Green, 30, played for the Miami Heat last season and averaged 8.9 points a game. Deveney reports Green will sign a one-year guaranteed contract. 

Green has been well-traveled since being traded by the Celtics in the Kevin Garnett deal in 2007, the year he won the NBA All-Star Slam Dunk contest. He has played for seven other NBA teams and played two seasons in Russia. His best season was 2013-14 in Phoenix when he averaged 15.8 points a game for the Suns. 

Deveney also reports that sources around the league continue to indicate the Celtics are looking to make a trade for a "star-caliber type" player. Last week, he reported on their interest in the Clippers' Blake Griffin.