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Posted on: May 27, 2011 7:22 am
Edited on: May 27, 2011 11:32 am

Tiki Barber:
He's always been a brilliant idiot. Easily one of the most intelligent people I've covered and also one of the more tone deaf. It's not a stunner that he made some truly insensitive comments in an interview with Sports Illustrated in which he compared himself to Anne Frank. And, in a nutshell, that's Barber. So much good, and so much phony. When in New York, he was always vastly underrated as a player. I covered Barber for most of his career and he remains one of the most versatile backs I've seen. He was also among the most arrogant. Most Giants players hated Barber. I mean, hated him. They thought he was a pompous putz on a lifelong journey to show the world he was smarter than most of his football peers. He worked some members of the New York media (and by worked, I mean suckered) into them portraying him as a combination of Jim Brown, Walter Cronkite and Marlon Brando.

Instances like this one were the reason why he was so disliked. Frank died in a concentration camp as a teenager after hiding from the Nazis for two years. I'm trying to think how a football player who cheated on his pregnant wife compares to a victim of the Nazis. Nothing comes to mind. Maybe it will later. There are a few things athletes should never do: compare themselves to slaves or victims of the Holocaust.

As for Barber, my guess is, his comeback will have moderate success. Barber always had a lot of heart. He was tough and he didn't leave the game because he was physically battered. Barber left because he thought he was on his way to one day host the CBS Evening News. He'll catch on somewhere and one day, I bet, he'll compare himself to Martin Luther King.

See you Monday.

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Posted on: July 1, 2011 10:08 am

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well well well

Since: Oct 16, 2010
Posted on: May 30, 2011 6:17 pm

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Man, this burning sensation in my knee ! Whew, take a deep breath, every one is counting on me. I gotta get it together. There he is. taking warm up pitches. I can't stand that half smirk on his face. I just want to wipe it off with a brillo pad ! Damn, 96mph. Its going to be a long night. _Play ball !!!!!!! Ok, its time. Maybe if I take a half step back I can at least get a grounder out of this prick. Strike one !!! Man ! I'm just gettin to old for this. Just to old. Ok, here it comes,,, Strike two !!!!! I'm not believing this. Lord please , just give me a piece of it.  Time out !!!! I gotta get a grip, I gotta do what I have always done. I gotta be a ball player ! Alright, bring it!!! Whack!!!!! The lord is my Shepard...

Since: Dec 28, 2006
Posted on: May 28, 2011 3:07 am

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thanks billsabres-CO. people can be quite amazing sometime. 

Since: Dec 7, 2009
Posted on: May 27, 2011 5:17 pm

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Tiki was not attempting to compare himself directly to Anne Frank. He was making a joke, saying that he was the "reverse Anne Frank" because he is a gentile being hidden in the house of his Jewish agent, where she was a Jew being hidden by gentiles. There was no comparison to WHY she needed to be hidden, the conditions, etc.
Very valid remark -- but only up to a point.  To ignore the reasons they felt the need to hide, though, is to imply that they're not relevant.

And when Tiki hides because he was caught being a sleazy douchebag and is afraid of facing accusatory questions by a nosey press, while Anne hid because she was born Jewish and was afraid of being brutally executed by genocidal maniacs, the moral difference is big enough to render the two cases unworthy of comparison.

Did I take personal offense at Barber's infidelity or his low-class remarks?  No; but only because I didn't expect better from him.  But I can't blame others who have a more personal connection to Tiki's scandal or the Holocaust for being upset.

Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: May 27, 2011 5:05 pm

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I will help with this:
Our intrepid messenger demonstrated his ignorance here as well.  He no doubt intended to write YHWH which is the Hebrew for "the unspeakable name of the Lord".  Even though it is unspeakable, many to attempt, and it sounds like "Yawhey".

stevieisgod, thanks for a cogent explanation for the differences between slavery and genocide.  Mulattoking is clearly a very disturbed individual; he needs a lot more help that anything he'll read on this message board.

Since: Dec 7, 2009
Posted on: May 27, 2011 5:01 pm

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The Tiki Barber thing is just another example of the egocentricity of most sports stars, who think sports field heroism is as meaningful as real-world heroism.  It's sad that so many here shrug off Tiki's offense, just because rank infidelity is business as usual for big celebrities (e.g. Tiger Woods, Kobe Bryant, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and many others).  But to cheat on your pregnant wife and dump her for your mistress is truly world-class sleazy.  The only way it could be sleazier is if the girlfriend was Tiki's wife's best friend or Tiki's best friend's wife (e.g. Gavin Newsom).

So Barber is hiding out because he's been caught being an epic sleazebag, and he thoughtlessly compares himself with an innocent Jewish girl who hid from genocidal maniacs (just because he hid in a Jewish man's attic).  Dollars to donuts many people here who are upset that others took offense at that will, themselves, turn around later tonight and express fury at some ref's unfair, game-changing call.


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