One is enough for me: sheer stupidity.
• Why Jordan Zimmermann’s season couldn’t end on a brighter note.
The Washington Nationals’ righty was stellar in his first full season after Tommy John surgery, going 8-11 with a 3.18 ERA. But he left Sunday’s game, his shortest outing this year (4 1/3 innings), on the losing end. “It’s going to make me work even harder and be ready for spring training,” he said.
Oh well … Stephen Strasburg returns next week!
• How Javaris Crittenton became the subject of a nationwide manhunt.
Associates of the former Washington Wizards guard were shocked at his role in the “guns-in-the-locker-room” incident. But that’s nothing compared to a “Wanted” poster declaring him “armed and dangerous.” He’s accused of killing a woman while gunning for someone he thought stole jewelry from him.
Now four children are motherless and he’s on the lam; I’d ask what was he thinking but it’s clear that he wasn’t.
c Why unsportsmanlike celebration penalties should wipe out touchdowns.
Sportsmanship and showmanship are touchy issues, with varying views on appropriate and inappropriate expression. Lines need to be drawn, though we might differ on where. But under a new college football rule this season, offending teams’ scores will be overturned instead of them being penalized on the PAT or ensuing kickoff.
Amazingly, coaches voted to give officials that power, which is like giving the IRS another hammer in its toolbox.
cHow NFL commish Roger Goodell’s rulings can be more perplexing.
Tampa Bay CB Aqib Talib and Tennessee WR Kenny Britt had major brushes with the law during the lockout - a period the NFL said is fair game for discipline - yet they weren’t suspended. Oakland QB Terrelle Pryor had major brushes with the NCAA - a body that the NFL has no jurisdiction over - but he was suspended for five games.
Ah, it’s good to be the king/judge/jury/executioner/Grand Poobah.
c Why a “white” Michael Vick made sense to ESPN.
Many of us have wondered what would happen if so-and-so were a different race in such-and-such an instance. Social scientists have answered through experiments in which white and black candidates - given the same credentials - yield opposite results at the bank, rental office and job interview. But putting a black person in “whiteface,” as ESPN did to Vick, doesn’t tell us a thing.View Entire Story
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Deron Snyder is an award-winning journalist and Washington Times sports columnist with more than 25 years of experience. He has worked at USA Today and his column was syndicated in Gannett’ 80-plus newspapers from 2000-2009, appearing in The Arizona Republic, The Indianapolis Star, The Detroit News and many others. Follow Deron on Twitter @Its_Ball_Good or email him at email@example.com.
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