The physicality of Michael Bennett

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Following the Seattle loss in tonight’s Super Bowl, the media surrounded Michael Bennett, the team’s standout defensive end. He was asked about the brawl with the Patriots toward during the final seconds, and responded by saying: “It’s down to the final play. People were jumping, pulling. That’s what it is. I know you probably have never played football. You’ve probably never done anything physical in your life besides pick up a microphone, but when you’re out there it’s a battle.”

I love when athletes assume writers lack the ability to grasp the goings-on of sport because, come day’s end, we’re watching, not playing.

And maybe, just maybe, Michael Bennett is right. Maybe, because I’m a writer, I’ve never done anything physical. But maybe, just maybe, Michael Bennett has never done anything requiring brain function. He’s a guy who attended Texas A&M on a full athletic scholarship, and likely had the assistance of tutors, guides and an admissions professional who picked out the easiest possible classes. Upon reaching the NFL, Bennett—like all athletes—has had his needs completely met. Where to live. What to drive. How to leave tickets to a game. Reservations needed to be made. Bills to be paid. Checks to be deposited. On and on and on—whatever Michael Bennett wants, Michael Bennett surely gets.

So, yeah, I can’t rush an NFL quarterback with much success.

But I can write a lede. And I’m smart enough not to get a friggin’ neck tattoo.

Dammit.

9 thoughts on “The physicality of Michael Bennett”

  1. Bennett was put into a tough situation last night. His team had just suffered a terrible, last second loss in the biggest game of the season, even though he had performed admirably, and shortly after it ended – likely with little time for him to process his emotions – he had to sit in front of a bunch of people who wanted him to explain what happened. I’m fairly certain we’d all speak without a filter in that situation, and maybe even take a couple of emotional shots at the people asking those questions.

  2. Now, now… he’s wrong. Writers have to somehow find the strength to staple together 12-page expense reports. That takes muscle.

  3. Funny. The entire Super Bowl is a “battle” and people are jumping and pulling throughout the entire game. The “battle” only became a “fight” when the Seahawjs “lost.”

  4. Why does that hurt your feelings? Isn’t it unfair to expect a guy who just lost a Super Bowl to be able to be level-headed and thoughtful in his answers. There is no context provided. I see that its a part of the job, but to lose a big game like that and then to probably have to answer questions about an incident that the asker can’t comprehend. It’s an emotional game and guys will give emotional answers. They can’t all be Bart Scott’s “Can’t wait!”.
    In short, get over yourself.

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