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Another sportsmanship thread: Cowboys - Vikings playoffs

Discussion in 'Sports Programming and Events' started by Sharkie_Fan, Jan 17, 2010.

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  1. lflorack

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    Since Dallas was still calling timeouts, they had not given up yet. Why should Minnesota? Ya can't have it both ways.

    In my opnion, Dallas did the right thing by calling the time outs and continuing to try. Likewise, the Vikings should continue to score when possible because 24 Points -- although difficult -- isn't an impossible gap to make up and both they and Dallas knew it. It's the Playoffs!

    Brookings made himself look like an idiot. He should be embarrassed.
     
  2. Sharkie_Fan

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    Tom -

    You've touched on one of the big points for me. It's 4th down, in a place on the field where you can't punt the ball away, so you have only a few options.

    They can't run out the clock there by taking a knee. Can't punt. So, you run a play or kick a FG. In my mind, taking a knee on 4th down to turn the ball over isn't a real option. If you kick a FG, you're going to be accused of running up the score. So, you run a play. A safe one - protect the ball - but give the defense a chance to get the ball back (or not).

    The defense couldn't make a stop, Vikings score, Brooking throws a tantrum, and we all have something to talk about while we wait for this weekends games. :) If the Cowboys had made a play there, none of us would be sitting around debating whether the Vikings were running up the score and piling on...
     
  3. cheryl10

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    Dallas was out of timeouts then.
     
  4. Stewart Vernon

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    I never have a problem with running up the score, especially in professional sports.

    You can always stop the other team from scoring, if you are able, to prevent it from happening.
     
  5. cheryl10

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    what about showing good sportsmanship?
     
  6. coldsteel

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    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHHAHAAAAA!!! :lol::lol::lol:

    Please. If this was a Pee-Wee game, sure. A professional sporting event? Hell no. Those guys do not get paid too much money to be 'good sports'. They get paid to WIN.
     
  7. lflorack

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    By then, maybe. But right before that, they were not -- and Dallas was still using them to stay in the game. If they wanted the Vikes to stop trying they needed to stop using their time outs too. Personally, I don't think either of them should stop trying. It IS the playoffs.

    The only one who was wrong was Brookings. He was whining.
     
  8. ziggy29

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    IMO there is no such thing as running up the score in the NFL. These are all highly paid professionals and adults with much more parity than found at lower levels of the sport.

    I wouldn't run it up in high school or in youth football, but in the NFL? If they want to do it, do it. The Cowboys in this case can do two things: (1) try to stop it (they are fairly evenly matched on 'any given Sunday'), and (2) get revenge the next time (by beating them, I mean, not by taking cheap shots).
     
  9. Stewart Vernon

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    I personally find yanking players and saying "your team sucks so bad that we can beat you with random guys off the street" to be poorer sportsmanship.

    "We can play you with 1 hand tied behind our backs" kind of thinking just makes people on the other side angrier than running up the score does.

    Again, we aren't talking about young kids playing... we are talking about paid professionals.

    If Coke gets too big of a lead in soft drink sales, should they stop trying so that Pepsi won't feel bad?

    Should Ford stop trying to be profitable so that GM doesn't feel bad?

    If you are doing better work than a co-worker, should you take it easy so your co-worker doesn't get an inferiority complex?
     
  10. cheryl10

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    Stewart, I understand your point. But how would Vikings fans feel if Favre got injured on that play?
     
  11. Stewart Vernon

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    I know where you're coming from, and fans (plus the news jockeys) go nuts when that stuff happens... but he could get hurt on the play before that too... or early in the game... or on his way home from practice the next week... or any number of things could happen. He could injure himself doing a rendition of "Pants on the Ground" in the locker room celebrating (Remember Gus Frerote dislocating his shoulder after a TD celebration years ago?)...

    I think a lot of the 2nd-guessing armchair-QB stuff needs to be taken less seriously sometimes than it is.
     
  12. Mustang Dave

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    Professionalism exists even in Professional Football. The game was won already and the Vikings should have kicked the field goal and gotten off the field. By attempting a pass into the end zone on 4th and 3 with the game status as it was the Vikings coaching staff showed me their inexperience and also lack of common sense by risking injury to their key offensive players on a meaningless touchdown. If that had happened everyone would be calling Childress an idiot and rightfully so.
     

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