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

No such thing as 'running up the score' in pro sports
December 29, 2011, 7:02 pm
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By Justin Aucoin

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.