On The Fence
Bobby Leach "The Rooster" | 2/4/2015, 10:53 a.m.
After nearly falling asleep in the first half of Sunday's game between the Patriots and the Seahawks then watching the snow pile up on my driveway even after I shoveled it three times and coming back to the game with my teeth chattering from the cold, the game finally lived up to its billing.
While the story has been told as to who won the game, the real story is why would a professional coach with the game on the line and the league's best running back choose to throw a 1-yard pass at the goal line instead of just running it in for the win. I can't really get inside the coaches heads but the whole thing was sort of poetic justice for a sports writer like myself.
Seattle's Marshawn Lynch has been lees than cooperative with the media for the better part of the season and has refused to answer questions posed to him over and over on point. Instead he rattles off topic responses to direct questions in a clear effort to avoid answering them with an on topic response. The fact he wasn't given the chance to win the game at that moment is in my opinion fantastic.
I understand that media in general can be difficult to deal with at times but when you are a public figure and are told by league officials that you have to make yourself available to the media but play instead a game of go around, well then I for one am very happy to see him go home without a ring.
Media personalities have a job to do and trust me the professional leagues out there as well as those interested in them are dependent on media professionals to tell their stories, record history and in the process promote their leagues to the masses. Guys like Lynch again in my opinion, have an obligation to the media but should show a willingness to share with the world who pays their salaries a few thoughts an opinions of their own to keep interest. The league is bigger than any one player and what happened this season with Lynch reflects on the league good or bad depending on where you stand on the matter.
My stance is clear, the professional leagues should continue to tighten loop holes to avoid situations like this and if the players don't agree? Leave your fat paycheck on the desk and find a new job.