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.

Isaiah Thomas continues to claim Celtics' franchise records

Isaiah Thomas continues to claim Celtics' franchise records

BOSTON – This continues to be a historic season for Isaiah Thomas as more records fell in Wednesday’s 103-100 loss to Milwaukee, and the company he’s keeping becomes even more exclusive. 

Thomas had a game-high 32 points on Wednesday which included five made 3’s on nine attempts. That gave him 223 for the season which is a new franchise single-season record for made 3-pointers. The previous record was 222 set by Antoine Walker during the 2001-2002 season.

And his 32 points scored gives him 2,012 this season. 

Only six players in franchise history (Paul Pierce was the last to do it during the 2005-2006 season) have scored 2,000 or more points in a single season. 

Oh, there’s more. 

With Wednesday being the 66th time this season he has had 20 or more points, Thomas has now tied Pierce (2005-2006) and Larry Bird (1985-1986; 1987-1988) for sixth on the Celtics’ single-season franchise list. 

“I didn’t even know that,” a visibly disappointed Thomas said following Wednesday’s loss. “It doesn’t feel that good right now. But when I look back on it, probably in the offseason, I’ll appreciate it a little more. But I’m just staying in the moment and try and play as best I can to lead this team to as many wins as possible.”

Other season milestones Thomas is in the mix for include the following:

  • The 5-foot-9 guard is one of three players this season to have 50 or more games of 25-plus points, joined by Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook (57) and Houston’s James Harden (54).
  • Thomas has made at least one 3-pointer in a franchise-record 50 straight games (Dec. 3 – March 29). That’s also the longest current streak in the NBA. 
  • With 66 games of 20 or more points this season, Thomas is second in the NBA to Westbrook (67).

Marcus Smart at center of yet another controversial call

Marcus Smart at center of yet another controversial call

BOSTON – One of the more bizarre plays in Boston’s 103-100 loss to Milwaukee came in the second quarter, requiring some explanation from the officials afterwards. 

With 3:55 to play in the second quarter, the officials had originally called a foul on Marcus Smart which he verbally protested that eventually led to him being whistled for a technical foul. 

After the officials reviewed the play, they changed the call to a personal foul against Khris Middleton but no change to the called technical foul against Smart who objected to a call that, upon review, they agreed was the wrong call to make. 

Official Sean Corbin, through pool reporter Ken Powtak of the Associated Press, acknowledged that the original call was a loose ball foul against Smart. 

“The (officiating) crew got together, we met prior to video and we decided that we needed to look at video because both players were on the floor bleeding so we went to the video for a hostile act,” Corbin told Powtak. “In the review we noticed that Khris Middleton initially made contact to Marcus Smart’s face. That’s how the original contact to the play occurred.”

Fortunately for the Celtics, Middleton missed his technical free throw while Smart split a pair of free throws which cut Milwaukee’s lead to 49-40.

Still, that’s no consolation for Smart who was whistled for a technical foul on a play that the official acknowledged was the wrong call to make. 

In the fourth quarter, Smart was at the center of yet another controversial call that was also reviewed by the officials. The verdict wasn't nearly as good for Smart who was whistled for a flagrant foul after getting his feet tangled up with Milwaukee's Giannis Antetokounmpo who was called for a non-shooting foul in the play with 4:46 to play. 

Antetokounmpo made one of two free throws and on the Bucks' ensuing possession, he was called for traveling.

Smart was unavailable to talk after the game in part because the aforementioned incident left an abrasion to his mouth and, because of the technical foul, a little lighter in the wallet as well.