Tashard Choice…YOU my friend, are a noodle. As a matter of fact, you are a wet, limp, ramen-style noodle. Unless you have been hiding under a rock for the past week, you have probably seen, or at least heard about Cowboys’ Running Back Tashard Choice asking Eagles Quarterback Mike Vick to sign his gloves, ON THE FIELD, directly after a Sunday Night Cowboys loss to the Eagles, on national television. Now judging from the opinions of many people on TV, radio, print, and even our own War Room Sports Facebook forum (www.Facebook.com/WarRoomSports), my disdain for this apparent act of extreme “richard-ridery” seems to fall somewhere in the midst of the minority….which is actually cool with me, because when my overall opinions begin to align with the masses, that is when I will know that I am slipping.
Now back to this rather odd CHOICE by Tashard (pun intended). I’ve heard all of the defenses… “Players do this all the time”, “it was a sign of respect”, yadda yadda woopty damn doo. Well, obviously players don’t grovel for the opposing teams’ autographs ON THE FIELD, ON CAMERA, AFTER A LOSS, AT HOME too much. If that were the case, this “all the time” occurrence would not have been national sports news in the days following the game. So if this happens ALL THE TIME, make it happen ANOTHER TIME…not directly after a tough loss to a division opponent. If this is a “sign of respect”, then respect that man somewhere else…not in the middle of your home field in front of 100,000 angry home fans…not to mention the millions of viewers watching on television. Even his head coach remarked that “there is a time and place for that”.
The funny thing about this whole thing to me is that most of the people that I’ve had personal conversations with about this topic are Eagles fans. None of them seem to have a problem with it. To that, I say…FOH Eagles fans. WE…and yes I say WE…were the same group of fans who took Donovan McNabb to the proverbial verbal woodshed EVERY time he made a boneheaded play and then left the field with a smile on his face. Imagine if McNabb or any other Eagles player had solicited an opposing players’ autograph after a tough loss on national TV. You Eagles fans would have lost your mother-loving minds. So again, I say FOH Eagles fans. It was a punk move…BOTTOM LINE!
It goes back to my co-host Jimmy’s “Pass The Rock” rant and subsequent blog about how sports are getting soft in general. It is yet another occurrence that leads paying fans to believe that these spoiled millionaires just don’t care. I’m pretty sure Cowboys fans would have rather seen him walk off the field appearing as if he was upset about losing yet another game, rather than chasing the opponent’s quarterback halfway across the field for his John Hancock and a fatherly pat on the head. But if you all think this display of noodlery is okay in a “so-called” competitive environment, than more power to you and your cotton swab-loving tendencies. By the way…I’ll be signing autographs for all my fans throughout the holidays. Just send your valuables to the address listed on our website and I’ll get them back to you all signed up as soon as possible. Fatherly head pats not included.
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