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Yeah, I have no problem with how he handles these interviews. I'm not sure how saying some bs clichè would be more affective than literally saying nothing, but that's just me.

I just want to know what's behind this whole thing. He isn't shy, that much is for sure. The story I keep hearing is that some reporter twisted his words so now he isn't giving them anything to twist.

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Why doesn't Belichick get this much hate for his unnecessary snorting noises during press conferences, muttering "I'm trying to do what's best to win the football game" after every question, and generally treating the media like crap? I know he's started trying to be all talkative now since he got caught cheating again, but still.

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Yeah, I have no problem with how he handles these interviews. I'm not sure how saying some bs clichè would be more affective than literally saying nothing, but that's just me.

I just want to know what's behind this whole thing. He isn't shy, that much is for sure. The story I keep hearing is that some reporter twisted his words so now he isn't giving them anything to twist.

As long as dude can keep his nose clean, keep his fingerprints off the police blotters and his face out the tabloid media for doing some dumb ish like mowing somebody down at 3:30 am after throwing back shots all night or impregnating half of the state of Washington, I don't mind his antics one bit. Besides...the NFL NEEDS more personalities. It's also why didn't much mind the antics of Chad Johnson or Terrell Owens...sure they drove folk bat:censored: crazy in between the lines, but barely got into much trouble off the field, which is more than what can be said for some pro athletes.

I know ol' Jolly Roger expects all his players to be some upstanding torchbearers of professionalism and virtue and moral character and all that--and for that matter so does the lot of society, especially up in here. The thing is, how the hell we gonna expect them to be some model upstanding citizens when we ourselves ain't? (Speaking in hypothetical generals here.) Methinks that's a bit hypoctitical there, and it's a problem I see the lot with society--oh its easy to vilify pro athletes and people we see on TV when we see or hear of them doing something stupid somewhere, poke fun at them, make jokes about all that--all the while just casting aside all the dumb :censored: we might do sometimes. "Oh but it's ok for us because we ain't all up in the national spotlight. No it ain't, either...because it comes down to two things: hypocrisy, and integrity. We all know what a hypocrite is; integrity, though? In layman's terms, doing what's right even when no one's looking--or a national spotlight is cast on you (us, even the lil' ol' common folk). And if we can't say we ain't never done nothing wrong or stupid or broke the law at some point, then we really ain't got no right to try to vilify anyone else either, pro athlete or not. Because at the end of the day...we are aall imperfect human beings.

Agree, disagree, it's whatever...I just felt that needed to be said (and I been wanting to for a long time)--not just about Marshawn Lynch, but in general.

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"I'm just here so I won't get fined."

I love this guy.

Some media-types are whining about it, too, saying that it's us fans that are losing out. No, you media people are missing out on the "scoop." It's 2015, I think it's time for the NFL to abolish the mandatory media obligations.

I disagree. It's part of the job, and I'd bet most players know that going in. If you don't want to talk to the media? Don't become a professional athlete.

Now yes, I get it. The post-game interviews rarely produce anything other then stock answers, but you know what? That's fine. Again, it's part of the job and the fame that comes with it. It seems silly to rework the way the league and its players interact with the press just because a few guys get pissy about fulfilling the obligations they agreed to when they took the job.

No, it's not part of the job. A professional athlete is to perform on the field/court/ice/etc. It is not to give reporters answers: that's the PR guys jobs.

Oh no it is not. Nobody gives a damn what a PR guy says or thinks or the message they're trying to put out. People do care what the players have to say or think, especially in this case of the starting running back.

And to the people criticizing the reporters, I can almost guarantee none of them want to do it either at this point. But it's alao become a storyline. "What line is Marshawn going to use this time? Especially on media day? Ohhhhh." As a reporter, I know it would piss me off if I still had to follow that, but that doesn't matter because an editor will want it because that's what the story has become. Sure, I see why people see the story as #ReporterProblems, but it's an NFL requirement. They're public figures/personalities, and I know some of you don't care what they have to say, but there's a ton of people that do.

And some of you have dismissed it, but seriously, if he just gave boring boilerplate answers, he'd be left alone pretty quick. Yes, he's still not saying anything, but he's not making a show of it either.

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Why doesn't Belichick get this much hate for his unnecessary snorting noises during press conferences, muttering "I'm trying to do what's best to win the football game" after every question, and generally treating the media like crap? I know he's started trying to be all talkative now since he got caught cheating again, but still.

He does, but he does actually give answers more times than not. The no answers and saltiness get played up when they happen, but he does answer questions.

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What would you like him to say and how would that enhance your enjoyment of the game?

"I and the rest of Seattle's roster will perform mass seppuku before the first Rams game next season."

This will enhance my enjoyment of the game because the Rams win.

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I do believe that the media are the bridge between the athletes and fans, and for the most part ask the questions that the fans want to know but can't ask themselves.

Now, with social media, reporters are becoming less and less important, because players can interact directly (though most shouldn't, because they're just dummies.)

Regardless, it promotes the league, it promotes the team, and it does give you something to read about in the paper, as well as get you answers to why something happened some way in the game (if they don't give the lines that they're coached to do.)

Players should be obligated to cooperate with the media. Period.

That being said, this guy cracks me up and I love it. He's funny about it, he actually is kind of showing a personality which in its own way is connecting with some fans, and he's making me like the Seahawks even more (though I slightly favor NE now after this whole ridiculously absurd deflategate nonsense.)

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I do believe that the media are the bridge between the athletes and fans, and for the most part ask the questions that the fans want to know but can't ask themselves.

Now, with social media, reporters are becoming less and less important, because players can interact directly (though most shouldn't, because they're just dummies.)

Regardless, it promotes the league, it promotes the team, and it does give you something to read about in the paper, as well as get you answers to why something happened some way in the game (if they don't give the lines that they're coached to do.)

Players should be obligated to cooperate with the media. Period.

That being said, this guy cracks me up and I love it. He's funny about it, he actually is kind of showing a personality which in its own way is connecting with some fans, and he's making me like the Seahawks even more (though I slightly favor NE now after this whole ridiculously absurd deflategate nonsense.)

I disagree that it is their obligation.

Remember this?

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Some of these guys (and gals) have social anxiety disorders.

http://www.adaa.org/living-with-anxiety/personal-stories/ricky-williams-story-social-anxiety-disorder

Lynch may or may not have one, but I know that no professional sports league is prepared to handle those with disorders/addictions. Next to the military, they are the least equipped.

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If it's a diagnosed disorder, then there could be exceptions, like how you're allowed banned substances if they're in a legit rx needed for treatment. Lynch certainly doesn't seem to have an issue, but who knows what he's like off camera

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I have bad bouts of social anxiety sometimes. When I do, not only do I not want to talk to anyone, I also don't want to enthusiastically fondle my balls in front of tens of thousands of people and millions of people watching at home. I suppose this is just one of many places where Marshawn Lynch's experiences diverge from my own. I'm guessing he just needs more time to decompress after a football game and can't be arsed to talk to people, which is totally fine.

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I just don't see the Seahawks repeating, the Patriots are TOO loaded on offense, when was the last time New England won the trophy? Ten years ago. The Pats are wearing white jerseys so they could win. The last time a team won the Super Bowl wearing the dark jersey was Green Bay. It could be karma.

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Talk about going after the low hanging fruit. What a pile of absolute horse manure this article is.

http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/12250363/patriots-love-deflategate?ex_cid=sportscenterFB

So much so it had to be posted twice!
I wasn't sure it was more worthy for here or the anti thread, so I just went for broke and posted it twice.
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Remember the problem that came up at Super Bowl XLV, where a whole section of ticketed seats turned out to be unusable? Well, another ticketing fiasco seems to be unfolding at Super Bowl XLIX:

Speculators were selling tickets they never had to begin with. Now, some fans might show up to Arizona having paid for tickets they’ll never receive.
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