HECK OF A POINT, BUT … Jim Harbaugh’s first three years with the previously underperforming 49ers have been at least as good as anyone expected and most of the recent coverage has been supportive of a pricey extension. However, aren’t you surprised there hasn’t been more blowback since he has two years left on his contract, received $25 million guaranteed and is said to be asking for more than several Super Bowl-winning coaches make (such as his brother John or his archrival Pete Carroll)? Would the same sportswriters be as supportive of a similarly successful and combative player wanting to renegotiate after three years of a five-year deal?
It’s not really the sportswriters who matter here. The team engaged in contract-extension talks with him, and the two sides couldn’t reach a deal. The fact is, the team would like to keep Harbaugh and adjust his contract, and so I don’t think it’s a very big deal what we think in this case.
I AM AWARE OF THE GOOD AND THE BAD OF JOE PATERNO, YES. You took a picture of yourself outside the Paterno library and posted it on Twitter? You should be ashamed of yourself. I suggest you wake up and read the Freeh Report some time, then re-read it if you still don’t get it.
Thanks, Adam. I am not willing to consign a man like Joe Paterno to a legacy of total disgrace because he didn’t do the right thing on Jerry Sandusky.
ANIL THINKS I AM WRONG ABOUT SLURS. What is and isn’t a slur? If you only enforce penalties on use of the n-word, then is it okay to call Manti Te’o a slur? As an Indian person, I would be offended that the n-word is banned but being called a towelhead isn’t. What about a new slur that comes up? Will there be a list? When will it be updated? Will the refs have to memorize it? Lastly, what constitutes a slur? If the ref says ‘Redskins ball’ should he be booted from the game or fined because enough people consider that just as offensive as the n-word?’
Some words in the United States evoke rage and extreme anger. Not many. The n-word is one of those words. If other words enraged and offended the American public the way the n-word does, I am sure the league would consider banning them. How can the league anticipate words the vast majority of those in the game and the stands have never heard used? Regarding the Washington team name, it’s clear there is a dispute about whether the name is a slur or not. There is no dispute that the n-word is a slur.
ON THE LIONS AND TAYLOR LEWAN. Okay, I’ll bite: Why an offensive tackle to the Lions instead of a wide receiver/cornerback/safety? Heck, even a linebacker makes more sense.
Putting Taylor Lewan 10th was more a fit for a player who I think will go in the top 10 than a player fitting a team right now. In a fruitless exercise like that one, it’s more important to me to get the right players in the slot than to match perfectly team to player, particularly 2.5 months before the draft.
WOMEN NEED TO BE RESPECTED. One thing that struck me about the whole Richie Incognito-Jonathan Martin affair and came to the fore again with the Ray Rice video is how the released texts and tweets showed the really poor opinion and treatment of women by the players. I think this is an under-reported aspect of the Incognito story. These two recent high profile cases, and maybe add in the Darren Sharper rape accusations, make me think that there should be some coverage of the attitude towards women and the culture that supports it.
Well put, Brian. Thanks.