An Ordinary Halftime Report

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Will Truman

Will Truman is the Editor-in-Chief of Ordinary Times. He is also on Twitter.

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  1. Avatar Mal Blue says:

    Your network ad photo doesn’t look at good as your gravatar. You should request another meeting with the photographer through the network.Report

  2. Off-topic, San Francisco beat a team they should have lost to, while Denver did the opposite. I guess the 49ers’ problem was Vernon Davis all along.Report

  3. Avatar Tod Kelly says:

    Man, that graphic on the FP is all kinds of awesome.Report

  4. Avatar Stillwater says:

    Interesting stuff. Lots to think about. First, I have to say that I agree with Will that Tod totally missed important subtleties in the turnover issue, reducing what might have been an interesting topic to a poorly concealed attempt to malign both teams as equally unable to maintain ball control. That’s just inexcusable, really, and shows not only an inability to discern FACTS, but an insensitivity to other points of view as well.

    I also agree with Blue that Tod’s fixation on the score board as a definitive metric for determining which team is “winning” leaves something to be desired. Even more, I’d say it was question-begging, disrespectful of other methods of evaluation, offensive to individuals who prioritize those different metrics, and, speaking frankly, blatantly pandered to the worst aspects of observer-bias in sports-team “critics” generally. In short, it exposed Tod as unsympathetic to the real, felt emotions people experience when watching football games, folks who are aware of the serious structural inequalities entrenched in the “score board” metric.

    Shame on you.Report

    • I am now officially on strike! No more puns until Tod is fired!Report

      • Avatar Brandon Berg says:

        That’s a bit extreme. How about until he resigns?Report

        • Avatar Stillwater says:

          Either one works, BB. The issue at stake is making The Halftime Report into an environment where people feel safe to express their views. Both Trumwill and Blue, quite obviously, felt very threatened by Tod’s lack of understanding of their sincerely held views. Of course, neither one of those guys would admit feeling threatened, and they might even deny that they were, probably out of fear of repercussions. Which proves how unsafe the Halftime Report actually is. Their silence speaks volumes. And their speaking would speak volumes too. The same volumes.Report

    • Avatar Burt Likko says:

      Oh, that’s wonderful, @stillwater , David freaking Brooks couldn’t have done a better job of BSDI’ing it up than that comment. I mean, really, do you think that @tod-kelly ‘s “misapprehension” of @trumwill’s point is even roughly equivalent to his totally burying the lede on @mal-blue ‘s point? The forum’s uncomfortable and unfair, all right, but not equally so.

      Check your privilege, man.Report

  5. Avatar LeeEsq says:

    Tod looks hyper, Will unenthused, and Mal Blue like he had some really good drugs. ;).Report

  6. Avatar Patrick says:

    No mention of special teams? 😛Report

  7. Avatar Will H. says:

    Too cool.Report

  8. Next time, can you guys do one about how having the best record and winning the playoffs proves nothing at all?Report