Thursday, December 28, 2006
Behind the Scoreboard
Shenanigans will likely happen again
Eli (Manning) leveling a tirade after a loss.
Terrell (Owens) spitting on people (actually a person, allegedly).
Nuggets and Knicks brawling in full court melee.
Allen Iverson sent into exile and then shipped to Nuggets(they needed another light-heavyweight).
Tis’ the season to be jolly. Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha, Hah!
Much has already been said and written about Eli supposedly playing in his brother’s shadow. Hey, that is going to make copy for quite awhile, like it or not. In the NFL it matters little what one’s lineage is. There are dues to be paid. So what if the younger Manning doesn’t exactly exude the patient charisma which big brother has, he will get there.
It is to Eli’s credit that he took responsibility and apologized to everyone a couple of days later.
I frankly don’t know what the world expects from Terrell Owens. He is Terrell Owens. First he admitted to sling spittle, but then recanted when he found out it wasn’t caught on tape.
What can one say about the impromptu sideshow staged by the Nuggets and the Knicks? Of course, it was likened to the disturbing altercation by the Pacers and Pistons a couple of years back.
Yours truly can’t recall a game in which 10 players were ejected at the same time. It started with a hard foul deemed flagrant by the officials. When the matter reached the desk of Commissioner Stern, he handed out seven suspensions totaling 47 games.
The hardest hit by these was Carmelo Anthony who drew 15. At the time of his suspension, Anthony was the leading scorer in the NBA. He had already logged 34 points in that game. No need to explain how much this is going to hurt his team.
And my man Allen Iverson, a player of impeccable ability and an irritating thorn in the side of the collective hierarchy of the Philly Sixers, was at first banished from the team and then shipped quietly out west (the latest rumor) to the Denver Nuggets.
Why would such players who have fame, enormous fortunes and such abilities allow themselves to become embroiled in such shenanigans?
I wish that I could be optimistic and say this probably won’t happen again.
But I can’t.
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