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Old 12-27-2011, 02:29 PM
 
Location: Chicagoland
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This debate comes up a lot in football. I read this article today:

Were Saints right to run up score for Brees' record? - NFL - Yahoo! Sports

Basically the author thinks it wasn't classy for the Saints to run up the score just so Brees could beat Marino's record.

People also complained about running the score in the historic Patriots season when they won all 16 of their season games.

I'm of the opinion that you can either put up or shut up. If you can't stop the opposing team from scoring on you, then that is your problem, not theirs. There is nothing unclassy about winning, if by 1 point or 100.

My only exception to this would be if the opposing team you are playing has a lot of injuries and they are playing with a lot of reserves, which happens from time to time.
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Old 12-27-2011, 02:56 PM
 
Location: The City
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What comes around goes around. Running up the score is perfectly fine in the pro game; but remember by doing so a team takes on the risk of injuries.

Running up the score in the college game to me is far worse and one of the biggest issues I have with the college game IMHO. Watching UT run the score up on Rice is about as exciting and meaningful as watching paint dry.
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Old 12-27-2011, 03:06 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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When it comes to sports I stand firm: if you don't want your opposition to score, stop them.
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Old 12-27-2011, 03:07 PM
 
Location: Back in the gym...Yo Adrian!
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Meh, it's the defenses job to stop them. If they don't, then I don't think an offense should just lay down. It's one thing if you've got the ball on the 2 yard line, first and goal, and your ahead by 20 points with only seconds remaining. Go ahead and take a knee or boot a field goal versus going for a TD. But, if there's more than two minutes on the clock then play every minute of football.
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Old 12-27-2011, 03:13 PM
 
Location: southwestern USA
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In this case I cant blame Payton and his staff-----I think bringing the attention generated by the record to a conclusion was fine.

The Saints can now have a week to prepare without constant media attention and a circus like atmosphere surrounding them.

Anybody who watched the Brees post game press conference cannot possibly accuse this man or his teammates of not being classy------he is a solid and classy guy and I congratulate him on his feat.

I dont think the Saints were trying to embarrass and humiliate the Falcons.
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Old 12-27-2011, 03:15 PM
 
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When it comes to sports I stand firm: if you don't want your opposition to score, stop them.
Couldnt agree more.
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Old 12-27-2011, 03:44 PM
 
Location: Arlington, VA and Washington, DC
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When it comes to sports I stand firm: if you don't want your opposition to score, stop them.
You really think Payton would let a chance to get the record on MNF pass Drew by? If the Falcons objected to Brees getting the record against them they should have stopped the other 300 yards he got before his final drive.
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Old 12-27-2011, 03:48 PM
 
Location: NJ
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I'm not a huge fan of teams running up the score, but I don't put that in this category. There was a very specific reason they were doing and that was only to get Brees the record. I'm guessing here, but I think if the last pass is caught at the one yard line that would be it. He needed 30 yards and they started at the 32.
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Old 12-27-2011, 05:10 PM
 
Location: Two Rivers, Wisconsin
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I don't have a problem with it. Sour grapes for the Falcons, a team does a great deal of talking and if you want to talk you better be able to back it up.

Drew Brees is a class act, it wasn't about the Falcons although they tried to make it an issue, too bad.
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Old 12-27-2011, 05:41 PM
 
Location: Sierra Vista, AZ
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This debate comes up a lot in football. I read this article today:

Were Saints right to run up score for Brees' record? - NFL - Yahoo! Sports

Basically the author thinks it wasn't classy for the Saints to run up the score just so Brees could beat Marino's record.

People also complained about running the score in the historic Patriots season when they won all 16 of their season games.

I'm of the opinion that you can either put up or shut up. If you can't stop the opposing team from scoring on you, then that is your problem, not theirs. There is nothing unclassy about winning, if by 1 point or 100.

My only exception to this would be if the opposing team you are playing has a lot of injuries and they are playing with a lot of reserves, which happens from time to time.
The score difference is and has been, the tie breaker in Divisional Games.
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