It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt. ~ This quote has been attributed to Abraham Lincoln, Mark Twain and Samuel Johnson, among others.
There is a new day coming to the opinion pages of your favorite newspaper but before I get to that:
Drew Brees: It breaks my heart to know the pain I caused ~ Josh Alper
Here in Saints land this has been big news since word of Brees remarks to Yahoo Sports broke and once again people are again demonstrating the sheer capacity to not get a damn thing. The first commenter to the above piece illustrates what I’m saying:
June 4, 2020 at 8:40 am
Shouldn’t have to apologize for your opinion
The ignorance Flash displays is common in not knowing the difference between a fact and an opinion. I’ll spell it slow for everyone:
a view or judgment formed about something, not necessarily based on fact or knowledge.
“I like blue more than yellow” would be an example of an opinion.
Learn to pronounce
a thing that is known or proved to be true.
“Ronald Reagan was president from 1981 to 1989” would be a fact.
When your opinion is based on willful ignorance, it is liable to be hurtful and that is exactly what happened here. You see, it was never a secret the players knelt to protest police brutality of minorities, George Floyd being the latest example. It was never about the flag, the troops or disrespecting the flag until our divider in Chief built that straw man and like a Labrador Retriever chasing the tennis ball down, people that wanted to ignore the very real problem of police brutality got their out and closed their minds and ears. Ignoring problems is the lazy way out in life and it is certainly costly as we are finding out today yet there are dividers for profit that would continue to build straw men to racially pit people against one another. Dan Fagan at the Advocate is one such person: Continue reading “It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool: Drew Brees saves the season his remarks endangered”
The Advocate’s Nick Underhill strongly implied on a podcast last week before the Rams game that Drew Brees had some sort of undisclosed injury. Whatever injury he has wasn’t evident from the film but the deterioration in his mechanics beginning with the Dallas game strongly implies an injury as his first pass against the Eagles illustrated. This is not the first time this has happened, Drew Brees is a warrior who is tough enough to play with a knee needing surgery.
Worse for Brees was that four of his five offensive linemen were also hurt. That every one of them played through the pain is a testament to the pride they all take in their craft. It doesn’t make the loss to the Rams sting any less but it does explain why the offense faded in the last quarter of the season.
Sean Payton is notoriously secretive with player injuries. I imagine if Brees was hurt that news will officially bubble up sometime before the next training camp is done.
Has the Who Dat Nation seen the last of guard Carl Nicks? There are a bunch of dominos fixing to fall into place one way or the other with our beloved Saints. Mike Triplett over at the T-P has some analysis of the Drew Brees contract talks. Meantime Grandmaster Wang over at Moosedenied figures guard Carl Nicks will be a casualty of the Brees contract.
I remain cautiously optimistic Brees, Nicks and Colston will be back. Neither Jonathan Vilma nor Sedrick Ellis 2011 performances are worthy of the scarce 2012 salary cap dollars they command.
Not only are our boys world champs they love mixing with the fans. The mutual love literally oozes from the video.