Well, the charges of simple battery against Odell Beckham Jr. have been dropped – as they should have been. I cannot believe that anyone watching the video of that “event” could possibly conclude that:
- Beckham intended to injure the security officer – – or – –
- Beckham interfered with the officer’s attempt to do his job.
There is, however, an interesting thought experiment that might be conducted here.
- Suppose the security officer who received that pat on the fanny had been a female and not a male?
- I suspect there would have been an even greater furor over what is nothing more than a tempest in a spittoon…
Here is my perception of Odell Beckham, Jr. – which has only been reinforced by this fanny-slapping incident and his handing out cash to the LSU players after the win over Clemson:
- OBJ is fortunate that being an attention whore is not a criminal offense because if it were, he would be in jail for about 99 years by now…
I recognize that the NFL is a copycat league; there are myriad examples to demonstrate that. Well, now that John Lynch has gone from the TV analysis role to successful GM who built a Super Bowl team, I wonder if some other club owner will try to replicate that model. If so, I have two names to offer an owner hunting for that sort of big game:
- Ronde Barber: He had a sterling career as a DB in the NFL from 1997 to 2012 and then took up broadcasting. He is the color analyst paired with Kenny Albert on FOX for NFL games. [Aside: I also saw him do a game with Chris Meyers this season.] He graduated from Virginia with a real degree in a real major; that certifies that he is an intelligent man.
- Louis Riddick: His playing career was not nearly as accomplished as Barber’s, but it did last 10 years with various teams in the NFL and the Arena League. He has been a scout and involved in the pro personnel department for the Eagles. He is a regular contributor to ESPN studio shows where he has demonstrated that he is insightful and focused. He graduated from Pitt with a real degree in a real major; that certifies that he is an intelligent man. [Aside: I do not ever recall hearing him do game analysis for ESPN so the comparison to John Lynch has a small deviation here.]
Let me return to the MLB sign-stealing business again here. I have heard/read derisive comments in many places about the issue of “sign-stealing” writ large. The commentary takes the form that MLB is being disingenuous here because it seems to allow sign-stealing as part of the game unless a team uses technology to do the stealing. That assertion is simple and straightforward; it presents a collision of values and therefore it seems to gain traction. It also misses a significant point:
- The technology in a home field is far more available to the home team than it is to the visiting team. In fact, it may be denied to the visiting team.
- “Sign-stealing” by a runner on second base or by a third-base coach is something that is equally available to both teams; there is no lack of access for the visitors.
A big problem with technology-based sign-stealing is that it tilts the playing field in favor of one team while the other form(s) of sign-stealing do not. The reason that rules are in place to prevent various forms of cheating is to assure a level playing field. MLB may indeed be feckless in the matter, but it is not being disingenuous.
One more point from the sign-stealing saga today… More than a few folks have suggested that the Astros be forced to vacate their World Series win in 2017. Now, if you want to talk about “feckless”, there is a model suggestion. However, a few people seem to have taken that bad idea and augmented it all the way up to a stature somewhere between battiness and asininity. Those doubled-down folks want MLB to name the LA Dodgers as the World Series Champions for 2017.
Let me pose a question for those folks:
- Since we know the Astros used technology based sign-stealing AND we know that the Red Sox probably did too AND we now have one player asserting that the Cardinals did this as far back as the 1980s, how can anyone be sure that the Dodgers have not been doing this at Dodger Stadium over the past umpty-doodle seasons?
I am not saying that the Dodgers have ever done that; I am saying that it is a tad presumptuous to assume that they have totally clean hands here when the same could have been said about the other teams until recently.
Finally, here is Dwight Perry’s comment on Odell Beckham Jr. getting a simple-battery citation for slapping a security guard on the butt after the LSU win over Clemson:
“Though he hopes to get the simple-battery charge reduced to illegal use of hands.”
But don’t get me wrong, I love sports………