Monday, August 01, 2005

WHY DO SPORTS FIGURES LIE?

Here is a shocker.
Nick Saban lied.
Do you remember when rumors leaked that Saban was talking to the New York Giants for a head coaching job when he coached Michigan State football?
Saban said he never went to New York to talk to the Giants. My sources told me that Saban only told part of the truth.
He went to New Jersey to talk to the Giants.
My sources were correct.
Saban finally admitted last week that he not only talked to the Giants, but he told Miami reporters that he almost took the job. It just was not right for him at the time.
Saban denied talking to the Giants right up to taking the LSU job.
This brings us to the age-old debate of when do you believe sports stars, players, coaches and franchises?
The public is lied to all the time.
A recent example involved the Pistons and Larry Brown. Brown and his agent insist they were fired. Pistons President Joe Dumars swears up and down it was a mutual parting.
Who told the truth?
Players always talk about how they love their teammates, then complain about them privately.
We hear lies all the time.
And I understand why. When an athlete is too truthful it often causes an uproar. The old movie line "You can't handle the truth" applies in sports.
Players do not want to provide bulletin board material or tick off communities who often lash back.
The truth often lands ESPN's Game Day crew in trouble. They need extra security and screens to protect them from rabid fans simply because they may predict the road team to lose on a remote broadcast.
When I covered Michigan football in the Bo Schembechler era he spent all week telling us about the fine virtues of Northwestern and Wisconsin football. And after blasting those teams 62-0 would tell us the following week they expected an easy time, but the real tough opponent was coming up the next Saturday.
I understand the truth is not always the right thing to say. That is why lies are an acceptable part of sports.
By the way ladies I am 6-foot-2, 180 pounds and have a full head of hair.
Wink.

21 Comments:

Blogger The_Real_Right_Way said...

They lie just like everyone else who is looking for that next, "grass is greener" opporutnity.

I can't imagine having to explain to your boss that you are looking at another job. Worse, telling the fans that you have lied to, about being the best fans ever, that you are looking for some better fans to replace them.

All you can do is LIE, LIE, LIE. Like you said, they can't handle the truth.

And as far as Larry Brown goes, he did what most people don't have the guts to do. Leave on their own terms. He saw his dream job and left, "what appeared to be a great situation" to get it.

The real issue is what appeared to be was not reality.

I applaud Larry for not sticking around until he was well passed his effectiveness here. I applaud him for going after what he really wanted, and I applaud him for taking a team that otherwise was destine for nothing and making them champions.

I don't know that he earn the right to lie his way into his next opportunity, but as you have so well stated. Fans can't handle the truth.

7:06 AM

 
Blogger PERALES said...

Truth,

Does being a writer and a radio host force you to lie? Aren't you lying when you tell Mike you like him? Tell us the Truth, we want to know your real opinions of your co-host. Give us Foster loyalists the run-down on his personality and how much of it is bs.

9:21 AM

 
Blogger billionaire said...

Clerical Issues
Detroit Casinos are getting over big time. I just got back from a gamblers paradise Las Vegas at least over there when you lose the money you don;t feel bad. Another issue has to deal with is the City Council Race. You've got over 120 people applying for the positions. I have no doubt that the folks that should get booted will be back in unforntunately I.E Alonzo Bates.

Terry now you folks lie all the time. It;s not just athletes or entertainers. Prime Example say if you cheated on your girlfriend or wife ( NOt saying that I advocate it) and if your confronted with it Your first reaction is to lie and deny. Just like players say it's not about the money. Or when a player or Mayor Kilpatrick says it's the media making stuff up. Hell when GMS tells the media this player is untouchable or their are no trades in the works and boom the player is gone.

10:53 AM

 
Blogger The_Real_Right_Way said...

billionaire...

I don't go to the Detroit Casinos. After going to Vegas there is no reason to waste your time.

Secondly, speak of lies, how about the biggest one in Sports.

"The age limit in the NBA is good for the league." David Stern has put that BS out there and surprisingly, the NBA players association went with it. Also, there are alot of fans that think it's a good thing.

Sadly, society has conditioned people to see it as a good thing.

I have yet to hear a legitimate argument for it.

11:04 AM

 
Blogger Robbie said...

Mike.. Joey Harrington is a loser, until proven otherwise. You can not put him over winners, regardless of talent. Winning is all that matters.

12:48 PM

 
Blogger The_Real_Right_Way said...

Hey Terry,

I thought you were a little rough on R.W. McQuarters yesterday on FOX SPORTS. I don't think he is that bad, he can hold his own. Now Bryant hasn't proven anything so I can't fault you on that.

1:56 PM

 
Blogger bassthumpa said...

Dang, talk about good timing. Raphael Palmeiro just reiterated your post 100X over.

2:22 PM

 
Blogger The_Real_Right_Way said...

Midnight,

The only thing worse than a lie is a lie on top of a lie.

"In a conference call Monday, Palmeiro said he never intentionally took steroids and could not explain how the drugs got into his body."

The old BS alert is going off just like it did during the Piston/LB fiasco.

2:46 PM

 
Blogger The_Real_Right_Way said...

Speaking of liars, I love this quote:

White House spokesman Scott McClellan said President Bush considers Palmeiro "a friend and he believes him" when he says he never intentionally took steroids.

One liar to another.

Terry your topic of the day goes all the way to the White "Lie" House.

2:48 PM

 
Blogger bassthumpa said...

Raph must have dropped a pretty nice campaign contribution.

3:13 PM

 
Blogger billionaire said...

Clerical Issue
Why is it hard for folks to pay up when they own money and then try and argue how much the total is. Glad I kept a paper trail.

Other example of public lies. I will fire anyone associated with the Valerie deal according to Bush and Mcclellan. OOps Carl Rove was associated then the story changed to I will fire anyone if they are convicted. I do take note of Canseco and how much truth there was to his book. I remember the brethren of Terry including Mike dogging out Canseco is it time for apologies. Also I wonder how history will look back on this will the writers swallow their ballots or vote for the players under the ROID"S Era. Here's is another great lie Were the first station to break this and that news. Or when sports journalist say I have it on authority but when things don;t work out they come up looking silly. I wonder if they just made up stuff aka Peter Vescey

5:51 PM

 
Blogger billionaire said...

I must say this just like I strongly feel that XYT lucked up on Sports Inferno ESPN2 lucked up on Quite Frankly. I wonder if Fox Sports will luck up on a TErry Foster slash Mike Valenti type show. If they Had IMAX I am sure Mike and Terry could do no worse

In addition to age limit in the NBA lie is that NFL Teams really care about us NFL Fans they want our money and that is it the money

7:25 PM

 
Blogger T Foster said...

Perales,
I am not lying when I say I like Mike. There are times I actually like the guy. I chose to say I like Mike when I do like him. So it is not a lie. Now Little B never lies. He does not like Mike.

9:11 PM

 
Blogger T Foster said...

Midnight,
You are right. the Palmero thing is perfect timing. He not only lied before congress but he shook an angry finger and said he did not use steroids. Yipes!

9:13 PM

 
Blogger T Foster said...

Hey guys. I missed Stephen A. Smith's show tonight. How was it? I am sure I can catch a replay.

9:14 PM

 
Blogger T Foster said...

How about this lie?
I did not have sex with that woman. Miss Lewinski.

9:15 PM

 
Blogger T Foster said...

How do steroids accidently get in your body? Is someone playing darts with a needle and they accidently hit you with it?
I am confused. Can someone help me with this?

9:15 PM

 
Blogger The_Real_Right_Way said...

Who will be next. Baseball is a bogus sport. Someone in an earlier post had brought up the falacy behind, " America's favorite pass time." ANOTHER LIE

It will be interesting to see how many players continue to drop weight and muscle mass.

Baseball is a recreation. The most talented athletes are playing football and basketball...hell tennis for that matter.

10:58 PM

 
Blogger The_Real_Right_Way said...

There is still alot of noise out there about the possible NBA trades and free agent signings that will insue tomorrow at 12:00noon.

I think the Jerome James signing is a good move for Isiah. Actually, I think it is one of his better moves.

I guess I am still wonder what the Pistons will do, they are either working very quietly or changes will be minimal.

11:13 PM

 
Blogger Tom said...

Just about everything that is told to the fans in sports is a lie. How about how Illitch wants to spend for a winner now? That's obviously a lie. The difference is, it's called spinning instead of lying.

11:48 PM

 
Blogger David Fryman said...

See my post.

3:29 PM

 

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