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


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

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.

Horford's all-around play key in first regular season game with Celtics

Horford's all-around play key in first regular season game with Celtics

BOSTON – The Al Horford love fest continues with the veteran big man delivering yet another impressive performance for the Boston Celtics.

And this one?

Unlike his play in the preseason, Wednesday night's game counts.

Horford’s all-around play was pivotal to Boston holding on for a 122-117 victory over the Brooklyn Nets.

The four-time All-Star made several high-basketball IQ-type plays that in hindsight, were major key moments in Boston pushing its lead to as many as 23 points.

In the third quarter with Boston ahead 71-65, Horford took advantage of Brooklyn closing out too hard on him and drove into the lane. As the Nets defenders collapsed to take away a shot attempt in the lane, Horford swung the ball to Jae Crowder whose jumper triggered a 14-5 run.

Boston would lead by double figures until the last couple of minutes of the game.

“We have to keep playing the right way, for 48 minutes,” Horford said when asked about the team’s late-game collapse.

The late-game struggles aside, there was a lot to like about how the Celtics played throughout the first 40 minutes.

And a big part of that strong play has to be credited to Horford whose ability to help keep the ball moving allowed the Celtics to finish with 36 assists on 48 made field goals, the kind of opening night assist numbers that haven’t been seen around these parts in decades.

Horford was among those getting into the act, scoring 11 points to go with five rebounds and six assists.

To see him racking up guard-like assist numbers isn’t unusual when you consider he was third in the league last season in assists per game (3.2) for a center.

“Guys were moving the ball very well,” Horford said. “It’s kind of contagious.”

Said Crowder: “I never saw coaches clap on a three-second call. We moved the ball in the first quarter so much we got a three-second call. We passed up a lot of open shots. It just shows how unselfish we are playing as a unit.”

And while that selfless brand of basketball was on display at times last season, the addition of Horford seems to have taken it to another level.

“He opens the floor, he makes it easier for everybody; he’s always in the right spots, he’s a threat at all times,” said Boston’s Isaiah Thomas. “He can hit the 3, hit the mid-range, and also post up so he has the full package; a guy that makes it easy for everybody.”