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  • Fryer Tuck 6:44 am on July 14, 2008 Permalink
    Tags: breakaway, fastbreak, , hockey, offsides, soccer, Sports,   

    Offside penalties over the line? 

    Since the summer is a slow sports time except for baseball, which Fryer Tuck pays little attention to, Fryer Tuck has decided to address some sports issues that he finds of interest.   Up first is a review of my thoughts on offsides penalties in various sports.

    For those who do not know, in soccer an offsides penalty is enforced if at the moment the ball is passed there is less than two opponents (usually the goal keeper and 1 defender) in front of the offensive player receiving the ball.  It may just be me, but that seems like some sort of lame kindergarten rule.  God forbid a offensive player should get a good scoring chance because the poor defender wasn’t able to get back in time because that wouldn’t make the game more exciting.

    In hockey, offsides is called when an player from the attacking team is across the opposing team’ blue line before the puck crosses the same blue line.  Like in soccer, all this rule does is take away the opportunity for more breakaway scoring chances and slow the game down, which in turn makes the game less exciting to watch; athough in hockey it is not as bad as soccer since there are many more scoring opporutunities.

    A good example of how not having an offsides penalty can improve play, is fastbreaks in basketball.  In basketball some of the most entertaining plays occur when a player is able to sprint ahead of all the other players and use his great athleticism to make a spectacular dunk to humiliate his opponents.

    Offsides in football is called when a player from either side of the ball moves across the line of scrimmage before the ball is snapped (offensive offsides is called a false start).  Football is the only sport where an offsides penalty should be enforced since not only does being offsides give a player a distinct advantage, but it could also lead to serious injuries if it wasn’t in place.

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  • Fryer Tuck 7:49 pm on May 15, 2008 Permalink
    Tags: athletics, corruption, Frankenstein, NCAA, O.J.Mayo, Sports, success culture, winning at any cost   

    O.J. Mayo – an ode to Frankenstein 

    WITHIN the last several months, we have been exposed to more evidence of major league baseball’s ridiculous lack of control over performance enhancing drugs, the Patriot’s “Spy-gate” scandal, and now recent allegations that O.J. Mayo – a collegiate basketball player for the University of Southern California – has been receiving money and benefits since he was in high school.

    This is all because of overwhelming focus put on well, winning.

    Fans and players both are becoming eerily similar to Dr. Frankenstein. Our ambition drives us to madness such that we are blind to the monster we have created. It is only when faced by their effects that we become aware of our sins, and like Dr. Frankenstein we are more disgusted by the situations themselves than by our own actions that gave them life. We have all placed too much emphasis on the “win at all costs” ethos that has ensnared athletics.

    In the end we have to remember that sports are just games and games are meant to be fun. When we start cheating to win is when sports stop being fun for the participants and the fans.

    It is not whether you win or lose, but how you play the game. Play only to win and you will inevitably lose. Play for fun and you’ll win every time. No regrets.

     
    • Don Lando 12:15 am on May 20, 2008 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      It’s a nice theory, playing for love of the game. But I’m afraid it falls short in real world application. Cheating and corner cutting has always been the domain of unsavory, dishonorable sorts. But we can’t say that it has not worked for them.

      In the words of George Carlin: It’s never just a game when you’re winning.

    • The Bruce 2:49 pm on May 20, 2008 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I think Don Lando has a valid point, though it does seem to me that Fryer Tuck has struck the nail on the head in paralleling Mary Shelley’s Dr. Frankenstein in regard to the very specific monsters present in today’s professional and collegiate sports.

    • Fryer Tuck 10:18 pm on May 20, 2008 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I would not argue that there will always be people who try to circumvent the rules in order to gain an advantage and everyone will agree that winning is more fun. However, today’s sports culture is so focused on winning and records that it is ruining the games. In addition it has also created a situation where many athletes and coaches simply do not know how to handle losing. A perfect example of all of this is Bill Belicheck. Bill Belicheck had no problems secretly taping the opposing team’s signals or running up the score on teams late in the 4th quarter just to break records, but as soon as it became obvious that he was going to lose in the Super Bowl, he walked off the field before the game clock ran out pouting like a 4 year old kid. So it is perfectly ok for him to humiliate other teams by needlessly running up the score, but he can’t wait 20 seconds for a well played game to end once he knows he is going to lose? That is the kind of crap that today’s sports are slowly gravitating towards.

  • The Sagamore Journal 7:59 pm on May 1, 2008 Permalink
    Tags: april, , , , , , , penis, , sagamore journal, Sports, weight   

    The Sagamore Journal: April Review 

    April marked the absence of The Bruce, several meaty pieces by Don Lando and the debut of a new contributor, Fryer Tuck. Here are some of the highs and lows from TSJ April, 2008.

    The Highs

    It is not my fault you are fat. I should not have to pay for your health care.” -The Bruce, commentary on “The pound of flesh which I demand…” by Don Lando

    The Lows

    I’ll see you in the third circle of hell!!!” -Fryer Tuck, commentary on “The pound of flesh which I demand…” by Don Lando

    Editors’ Picks

    The bowl system, with all its tradition must give way to a playoff system that provides both college football fans and participants with a satisfactory ending to the season.” -Fryer Tuck, quote from BCS Bozos Bungle it Again

    The Sagamore Journal thanks Oh my Blog, The Industry Radar, Kickdefella, Technorati, WordPress, and our loyal readers for their support of this publication.

    ~The Editors, TSJ

     
  • Fryer Tuck 9:19 pm on April 30, 2008 Permalink
    Tags: , college football, playoffs, Sports   

    BCS Bozos Bungle It Again 

    THE Bowl Championship Series (BCS) commission recently rejected a proposal to create a four team playoff for the NCAA championship. One commissioner said the option was discussed, but that they decided to stick with the current plan. He was later quoted as saying, “When you look at the last 10 years of the BCS it’s clear that college football has never been healthier.”

    Never been healthier? Are you kidding me? The BCS is like cancer to college football. It was supposed to be this great system that would finally eliminate debates over who the national championship team was, but instead it has only heightened the controversy due to flaws in the system and its exclusion of several conferences from consideration.

    I am a huge college football fan, but the system is so messed up, I can scarcely bring myself to watch BCS bowl games . Despite being biggest grossing and most popular collegiate sport, the football national championship is not officially recognized by the NCAA.

    The bowl system, with all its tradition must give way to a playoff system that provides both college football fans and participants with a satisfactory ending to the season.

    Fryer Tuck is in favor of a 16-team playoff system so that the champion from every FBS conference gets a spot with 4 at large bids left over. To satisfy traditionalists, the major bowls could be used as conference championship games, while teams that don’t make the playoffs could fill out the minor bowls. Whatever the solution, anything is better than the BCS.

     
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