Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Players should concentrate on football; not Twitter

Joe Tiller, former head football coach at Purdue University, was right about modern day players.

On an ESPN broadcast last season, Tiller said it’s hard to know what you will get from Saturday to Saturday because players sometimes “take a day off.”

Tiller further elaborated on the distractions of some players being more interested in spending the pregame making sure they know where friends are sitting so they can wave “hello” during the game than paying attention to a pregame pep talk.

Maybe Tiller has said goodbye to football, but we continue to say hello to the 21st century player who has trouble focusing.

First of all, the current generation has been raised to think they are special. It’s all about “me, me, I and I.”

Take the latest case of San Diego Chargers cornerback Antonio Cromartie sending out the following tweet on his Twitter account:

“Man we have 2 have the most nasty food of any team. Damn can we upgrade 4 str8 years the same ish maybe that’s y we can’t we the SB we need.” It cost Cromartie a $2,500 fine.

“I just thought it was harmless. It was just me talking about the food and stuff. I took it as a joke. But other people took it as a different kind of way,” Cromartie told the Associated Press.

One of the reasons San Diego did not make the Super Bowl in 2008 was a huge regression by Cromartie. He went from 10 interceptions in a Pro Bowl 2007 season to just two picks last year.

Then, we found out that Cromartie has seven children (under the age of 5) by five women in five different states.

Between having kids all over the place and his Twitter account, no wonder some in the Chargers organization question his concentration involving football.

Don’t blame it all on Cromartie, though. He’s just a typical example of the many players that drove Joe Tiller nuts.


sam said...

Tiller was right. These guys need to quit fooling around and pay attention to football. No wonder there are so many more mental mistakes than there used to be.

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