If you were watching the Texas vs. Texas A & M game on Thanksgiving night, you met A & M QB Ryan Tannehill's finance. Wow. She has quickly become an Internet sensation thanks to ABC/ESPN's constant crowd shots of her. She's a bit of awright.
Ok, I get it, Ndamukong Suh made a stupid mistake today. He should not have stomped on the arm of a Green Bay offensive lineman in frustration, but this national outrage is just ridiculous. Every national columnist is lining up to take shots at Suh, Schwartz and the Lions and much of it is just a gross over-reaction to a dumb play by a football player. Part of me thinks it is just the anti-Detroit bias rearing its ugly head, but that isn't all of it. We are seeing a typical reaction of the "waiting to be outraged" American public.
I'm not sure when it started but people in this country are so quick to be outraged in this day and age that we should all be walking on egg shells for fear we might make a mistake and be skewered on social media. What most don't understand is that these national pundits are paid to overreact, they are paid to whip up your emotions for fear of falling into obscurity in a media world full of noise. How else can you explain the abu ghraib-like outrage over a stupid emotional football play where NOBODY was hurt and the victim was actually quoted as saying "it was just two guys playing football?"
Before you give me the "Suh has a reputation" routine, stop. This wasn't anything like a late hit on a quarterback. This is hopefully the first and last time Suh lets his emotions get the better of him, but you certainly can't believe the bad outweighs the good. Suh is the leader of a group of players and coaches that have completely changed the culture of Detroit Lions football. He is passionate and plays with a fury not seen in these parts since the 50's on the gridiron or since Kirk Gibson was crackin' skulls with the Tigers!
Personally I welcome the change in attitude and fully expect this team to channel the rage and fury as they age and mature. I can't tell you how many times I've been in Philly, Green Bay or Chicago as our "classy" lions were being punked up and down the field. I for one don't wish for a return to those "glory" days. I am damn tired of the Lions always wearing the white hat and being the lovable loser; hell the rest of the league loved the lions when they sucked and rolled over....no more!
This team is a work in progress and if you are a lion fan you are better off embracing Suh and hoping he can channel his rage than ostricizing him over a stupid mistake. Get a grip, football is a violent game and people are going to lose control.
Here is a list of some of the other "dirties" players in the NFL past and present, I defy you to tell me you wouldn't give your left arm to see them play in a Lion uniform.
1. James Harrison (Steelers)
2. Rodney Harrison (NE)
3. Bill Romanowski
4. Andre Waters
5. Conrad Dobler
6. Chuck Cecil
These are just a few of the "dirties" players of all time, they all played for championships.
To me the most disdainful thing Suh did all day was play us for fools in his denial that he actually stomped on another player.
So lets all stop the rest of the season suspension talk. This wasn't Haynesworth.
As Kwame's momma once said "this is y'all boy." Get over it and watch him grow into a great player and an even better ambassador to Detroit.