This Ain’t Intramurals Brother Brooking

After an embarrassing loss to the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday afternoon in Minneapolis, MN, Dallas Cowboys LB Keith Brooking spoke words that leave me feeling no sorrow, pitty, or empathy for what he had to say.

“I thought it was totally classless and disrespectful. This is the NFL, that’s not what this is about. I don’t think there’s a place for that … I was looking for [Vikings coach Brad] Childress. I didn’t think it was right, but they’ve got to see us next year”, said Brooking in response to the fourth-down eleven touchdown pass Vikings QB Brett Favre threw to TE Visanthe Shiancoe to put the Vikings up 34-3, further pouring salt into the wound of the Cowboys’ defeat.

While I understand Mr. Brooking’s mindset about a team running up the score, I completely disagree with Mr. Brooking’s feelings about the situation. Professional football players on defense are paid to stop the other team from scoring points, just as the offensive players are paid to score points. A team scoring a touchdown in a game that was seemingly all but decided, may not have been the classiest move in terms of sportsmanship, but it was fair game nonetheless. This game was not being played at the Pop Warner, high school, intramural, or collegiate levels. There is a different code of ethics when a person is not being paid (technically) to compete.

So I say to Mr. Brooking, “If you did not want them to score, then make a play and stop them from scoring! Granted, your offense was not playing up to par and the defense can only do so much; instead of yelling at the Vikings bench, I think you should go over and shake their hands, kiss their pinkies, then dart back to his own bench and star yelling at your own offensive and defensive teammates letting then know how much they embarrassed you, because the Vikings only did everything they were paid to do…WIN!”

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