Thursday, October 30, 2008

Pressing Issues

Sometimes, after the game is when the real fun begins. In this era of the 24 hour news cycle, a player's or coach's performance off the field is almost as important as their performance on. Press conferences are done before and after the game, and in the case of the coaches, during the games as well. The thing that I love is when these press conferences go off the rail. In this blog I want to name my top five favorite press conferences. I know that this is a sports topic, but even if you're not into sports, you will definitely find comedy in these.

Recently, one of my childhood heroes, Mike Singletary, was named head coach of the San Francisco 49ers. On Sunday they lost to the Seahawks. In the game, Niners tight end Vernon Davis was penalized for taunting. In response, Singletary sent Davis to the showers early. This interaction between Davis and Singletary was the backdrop for this classic press conference! My man Singletary came out the gate swinging. With that, its my number 5 most memorable press conference.

Although we've used this video before in one of our Man Up Rules, the Dallas Cowboys made an unexpected exit from last year's NFL postseason. In their loss to the eventual Super Bowl Champion New York Giants, quarterback Tony Romo gave a less than stellar performance. Given that he had gone on vacation to Mexico with girlfriend Jessica Simpson during the team's off week, Romo was under heavy scrutiny after the loss. T.O. to the rescue. Here's my number 4 most memorable press conference.

I don't even know how to really describe this one. I guess Oklahoma St. coach Mike Gundy had just had enough. Oh don't get me wrong, his team won the game. Mike just felt the need to undress the members of the media who were present. And after you watch this interview, you may feel a little naked yourself. My number 3 best press conference.

At the end of the 2001-02 season, the rift between Philadelphia 76ers guard Allen Iverson, and their head coach Larry Brown had reached a boiling point. The point of contention between the two of them will become very apparent when you watch this video. This is no practice, Iverson has my number 2 best press conference.

And drum roll please. My choice for number 1 press conference goes to Dennis Green. Former coach of the Arizona Cardinals. On October 16, 2006, his Arizona Cardinals held a 20 point lead going into the waning seconds of the 3rd quarter against the Chicago Bears. What ensued was probably the second best comeback I've ever seen in my life. (Second only to Frank Reich's 35 point comeback against the Houston Oilers). Well lets just say that Coach Green was not as enthused at what he had just seen. The following is his reaction.

The press conferences has become a an essential to life in sports. I can't imagine having to stand front and center, and field questions from people who believe they can do what you do better than you. Even though they haven't thrown a pitch since their stellar little league season at the age of 11. So as long as there are reporters who ask a player who just lost a game "so how does it feel"?, I'll continue to update my list of the best press conferences.



Just Jasmine said...

I don't really follow football but I caught that Mike Singletary conference and I was proud and happy. I couldn't agree more with his words.

Anonymous said...

I guess I'm the only one who have no clue what you are talking about lol. But yeah I understand.

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Lovebabz said...

Good psost! I agree with all your Press conferences...LOL! I am aDallas Fan, but not a T.O. fan...YUCK!

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Torrance Stephens - All-Mi-T said...

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One Man’s Opinion said...

I don't follow sports, but I would like to talk about practice at some point during this comment.

The True Urban Queen aka Sharon said...

5 skip

4. Crazy sexy T.O. I would of held him til the pain ended.

3. Did he wish that someone's child gets bullied?

2. A.I. *sigh* Oh the things I like to practice with him.

1. skip

There was this conference I was watching on one of those sport stations. It was the best of something or the other. Well, this coach was going off on I wish I could remember who he was. I think he slapped the mic. I was cracking up.

Brothers Blog said...

clnmike has left a new comment on your post "Pressing Issues":

Lol, those were some good ones but Singletary would have been my choice. I wont ever forget that rant.

sorry rejected this comment on accident.