Everything's dumber in Dallas

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Everything's dumber in Dallas

By Jon Fucile
WickedGoodSports.com

Multiple-choice question time. Pretend you are Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. You just built a billion dollar stadium and you are hosting the Super Bowl there.

Dallas winters are not as bad as New England winters, obviously, but ice storms for this time of year are not unheard of. When you were building the stadium would you:

A) Make sure the building is equipped to handle an ice storm, just in case
B) If not equipped, have a plan in place to handle an ice storm
C) Do nothing

Not sure A or B applies usually because the Cowboys like to choke, but just play along.

Weather reports came in a week before the Super Bowl predicting an ice storm. The storm hits as predicted, but you still have a few days to clean everything up and get the icicles off the sides of the building so they dont fall and hit people. Would you:

A) Pay to make sure the ice and snow is being removed properly in time for the game
B) Take measures to ensure that fans are not in danger and that everyone gets into the game smoothly.
C) Do nothing and hope no one sues if injured

In an attempt to feed your ego and set an attendance record for a Super Bowl, you have a temporary seating structure built to fit more fans into your stadium. A fire marshal does not have time to approve the structure and determine if it would pose a safety hazard to fans, and thus it is banned from being used. Would you:

A) Pay to fix that section since you can quite obviously afford to and make it safe for human habitation
B) Make arrangements for people who would sit in those seats to be seated somewhere else prior to the game
C) Ignore the problem, who cares about these peon fans

Now pretend youre the NFL. You know at least a week ahead of time that this temporary seating structure has not been approved by a fire marshal. Would you:

A) Not sell tickets for that section
B) Contact the people who bought tickets in that section and offer them seating in another section of the stadium
C) Sell the tickets anyway, let those people make travel plans and laugh all the way to the bank

If you answered C to all three questions, congratulations! You have the same go-get-em, ignore-the-fans, we-super-duper-love-money attitude as Jerry Jones and the NFL!

Yes, the same league that hates touchdown celebrations, hitting, and basic fun struck again this past week by producing one of the biggest Super Bowl fails of all time.

First seven people were injured, one critically, when melting ice and snow fell from the roof of Cowboy Stadium and struck the poor unsuspecting people.

Yes, despite knowing about the storm the NFL and the Cowboys did nothing and people were injured when people were way too incompetent to clean up. High fives guys!

Then because of the melting snow and ice and risk for further injury, several of the entrances to Cowboy Stadium were shut down, causing waits of up to an hour and forty-five minutes just to get into the game. Super Bowl fever! CATCH IT!

But thats not all! No, not even close.

The NFL, knowing the temporary seating structure the Cowboys built was not approved by a fire marshal sold the tickets anyway, seats with a face value of 800 that were surely sold for at least double and then prevented over 1200 people who held tickets to that section from entering the game.

850 fans were eventually supposedly given better or equal seats. What about the remaining 400?

Fans of both the Steelers and Packers who had spent lots of money and lots of time traveling to Texas just to see their favorite team in the Super Bowl were simply told too bad, go home, your section might kill you and we dont really care.

A league led by a commissioner who is trying to crack down on player conduct basically knowingly and willingly stole from fans. Sure, some of the fans that didnt get in were giving triple the face value of their ticket and tickets to next years Super Bowl but many of these fans paid triple face value anyway, paid travel expenses getting to Dallas and were there for the memories of watching their favorite team in the Super Bowl.

The league is making the best of a bad situation, but the bad situation was completely of its own doing. It wasn't an unforeseen circumstance that led to these folks getting kicked out of the stadium. It was a baffling oversight by whoever was in charge of getting the seats ready, said Chris Chase of Yahoo.

So lets recap . . . the NFL sold these tickets, let these people wait almost two hours in line and then said 'Hahahahahaha! thanks for the money, you cant get in.'

From an article on Yahoo.com:
Others said they had paid up to 3,000 for their seats and were not happy about the NFLs offer to give them three times the amount in a refund.What about our travel and hotel expenses? one man shouted.

Has there been a bigger bunch of idiots since the city of Philadelphia was first built?

Who knows? Maybe the NFL was just practicing for the lockout when they kept those fans out of the game. Way to keep it classy. 'The No Fun League' just took on a whole new meaning.

Tatum 'can't wait' for new challenge with Celtics

Tatum 'can't wait' for new challenge with Celtics

BOSTON – While the newest Boston Celtics were scattered about while at a community service event, 19-year-old Jayson Tatum was sitting in a really comfortable-looking chair, resting. 

The past few weeks have been a whirlwind unlike any he had ever experienced, beginning with the pre-draft process, to workouts, to the draft itself and all the appearances and media engagements that have followed. 

“It’s a lot,” Tatum, grinning, told CSNNE.com. “But I’m taking it one day at a time.”

That steady-as-she-goes approach served him well during his lone season at Duke. 

Keeping an even-keeled approach will bode well for him as he gears up for his first taste of NBA basketball beginning with summer league practice this week in preparation for next week’s summer league action which begins in Salt Lake City. 

Boston’s summer league opener will be July 3 against Philadelphia and the top overall pick Markelle Fultz, at the University of Utah’s Jon M. Huntsman Center.

Tatum, who has not played in a five-on-five game since Duke’s loss to South Carolina in the NCAA tournament, is admittedly excited to get back on the floor this week. 

“I can’t wait,” he said. 

Celtics Nation feels the same way about Tatum, selected with the third overall pick in last week’s NBA draft. 

Although it’s only a preseason game, there will be expectations and with that, possibly some added pressure for Tatum to show he was such a coveted player by the Celtics. 

“That’s why Duke helped me a lot,” he told CSNNE.com. “Duke, the best program in college basketball, we were always on the national spotlight good or bad, whether we were winning or losing. That will help me a lot preparing for the Boston Celtics.”

And like Duke, Tatum will have to fight his way on to the court although he readily admits the challenge is much greater in the NBA. 

“Isaiah Thomas, Jaylen Brown, Jae Crowder … we didn’t have those guys at Duke,” Tatum said. “It’s gonna be tough; just try my best and get in where I fit in.”

Tatum said he will at times lean on his more experienced teammates, one of which was a former teammate of his – sort of – in Jaylen Brown. 

“I’ve known Jaylen for a while,” Tatum said. “We played with and against each other in high school at AAU camps. 

Tatum added, “at the AAU camps, sometimes we were on the same team and sometimes we were not.”

While much has been made about how the two are similar, Tatum sees both having strengths that complement, rather than compete, with each other. 

“He’s further along than Jaylen was skill-wise and he’s not as far along as Jaylen physically,” said Danny Ainge, Boston’s president of basketball operations. “Again, he’s 19 years old. I don’t want to put any expectations … I want to give him time to grow. We’ll see. He’ll definitely have a role, get a chance to play. And how well he performs is up to him.”

Tatum’s assessment of his game and Brown’s goes as follows:

“He’s a lot stronger, bigger than me,” Tatum, who is 6-foot-8, 204 pounds, acknowledged. “He’s much more athletic. Offensively, I think that’s what I excel in, being smooth and my ability to score. I can just learn from him, the things that he went through last year.”

One of the things he has already picked up on, is that Brown is a pretty smart – and at times clever – dude. 

Not long after Tatum picked jersey number 11, Brown, who wears number 7, took to social media and came up with a 7-11 theme that has already lead to some pretty snazzy t-shirt designs. 

“I thought it was funny,” Tatum said. “It’s catchy; I like it.”

And the Celtics really like Tatum’s game which has been compared at times to former Celtic great Paul Pierce. 

“I hate to make those comparisons when kids are 19 and let his game evolve into whatever it is,” Ainge said. “The similarity is they have good footwork. They both have really good ways to create space for shots. But the similarity … they’re both very good defensive rebounders. Those are two things that stand out to me with Jayson that are Paul characteristics.”

Tatum knows he’s a long way from being in the same company as Celtic royalty such as Pierce. 

Before then he must first earn minutes on the floor which will not be an easy task. 

But Tatum’s demeanor, much like his game, has seemingly always been a bit more mature than most of his fellow basketball brethren. 

Tatum credits his parents, Justin Tatum and Brandy Cole.

“They raised me to be different, be more mature and stand out above the crowd and be my own person and be comfortable in my skin,” Tatum said. “That’s how I’ve always been.”

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