Klosterman Inverviews Brady


Chuck Klosterman / Tom Brady

First things first, I’m a bigger Chuck Klosterman fan than Tom Brady fan.  Klosterman is witty, a huge sports nut, and his popular culture references are always spot on.  Tom Brady is a fine QB who is leading my fantasy team to a 7-3 record and in 1st place for the league.  For this I like him.  For his team winning games, I’m indifferent.

This interview with Klosterman and Brady is a gold mine.  It’s filled with nuggets of why I love Klosterman and why I still will never truly care for Tom Brady.

Without re-copying all of the interview, Tom Brady will not answer the question whether he was “generally aware” of the deflated balls.  He won’t answer yes or no.  He quite simply says he won’t talk about it.

Klosterman accurately attempts to explain this with:

Deny, Deny, Deny

Deny, Deny, Deny

I strongly suspect the real reason Brady did not want to answer a question about his “general awareness” of Deflategate is pretty uncomplicated: He doesn’t want to keep saying something that isn’t true, nor does he want to directly contradict what he said in the past. I realize that seems like a negative thing to conclude about someone I don’t know. It seems like I’m suggesting that he both cheated and lied, and technically I am.

It’s hard to come up with any other reason for why Brady will not answer the question.  I particularly liked this question that Klosterman never got a chance to ask, “Do you now concede some of the balls might have been below the legal limit, even if you had no idea this was happening? Or was the whole thing a total fiction?”

resizeDude.  You did it.  You freaking did.  You would have 100% said you didn’t have any awareness in this interview if you honestly didn’t have any general awareness.  You can’t answer the question because it digs at you deep inside to lie by answering no.  Now, do I really care?  Not really.

I personally loved the way Klosterman categorized a cheater.  “A deficiency of character adds character, somehow. It proves that the cheater cared.”  “It’s also what makes Brady different from normal people, and from other quarterbacks: He will do whatever it takes to win, regardless of what that win represents”

People like Brady are playing a different game.  They have physical abilities that are superior than ours and they have the gall to work every single angle that’s available for an edge.  They are just different.

By |2015-11-30T11:12:18-05:00November 19th, 2015|Sports|0 Comments

Sad that this day will come

I read a great article by my man crush Chuck Klosterman. Nothing physical but I love this guy’s writing style. I wasn’t even aware of this grantland.com but he writes for it along with other esteemed colleagues. I thought the Noel Gallagher story was great as well as the Tim Tebow one. Getting off Klosterman’s dick, I read what I thought was an intriguing scenario that makes me sad to consider.

Reza Noubary, a professor of mathematics, computer science, and statistics at Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania, has estimated “with 95 percent confidence” that the ultimate time for the 100-meter dash is 9.44. That number seems as good a guess as anything else. But if Noubary is correct, it would force us to accept a depressing, unreliable notion — it would essentially mean we’re about 25 years away from the pinnacle of human performance. It would mean that most of us will see the fastest man that could ever exist within our own lifetimes. And something about that just seems unlikely.

I agree 100% about the unlikely part. I’m not sure how this guy Noubary is so confident at predicting the future. He’s basically putting limitations on something that is as unpredictable as the next bball player to score 100 points in a game. I look at the way technology has evolved and the way we communicate today is something that people 50 years ago would have never even comprehended. I have to think that this translates somewhat to physical evolution. Who’s to say what type of advancements there will be made in everything from diet, exercise, genetics and everything else that comes into play for being the fastest human alive. I for one am not surprised by anything anymore. If one day we start being able to teleport from the start line to the finish line, I’m pretty sure that would set some new records.

I also wanted to touch on the depressing part about this idea of the future. People who were born in the 50’s are seeing this huge advancement in technology in 2011. My generation gets to see breakthroughs for the next 50 years. When you die, you don’t get to find out what awesome stuff is being unveiled. Ideally everyone would want to be in their prime (while living forever) and see what amazing things this Earth has to offer. People are really unbelievable in their ability to continue advancing in every single avenue. Knowing that you are going to die and not being able to see the future is a sad thing. I just imagine a completely different world in say, 200 years from now that it would blow my mind living in 2011.

By |2016-10-29T13:55:34-04:00December 15th, 2011|My Brain|0 Comments

! and too many letters

I just finished reading Chuck Klosterman’s book Eating the Dinosaur and he is a much more intelligent person than me. I know this as I sit here trying to think of it’s then me, than I, then I. He is able to explain ideas on why people do things instead of the way I do by just saying “I think they’re stupid.” I’m going to quote a paragraph from his book to give you an idea of what I mean:

“If you’ve spent any time trolling the blogosphere, you’ve probably noticed a peculiar literacy trend: the pervasive habit of writers inexplicably placing exclamation points at the end of otherwise unremarkable sentences. Sort of like this! This is done to suggest an ironic detachment from the writing of an expository sentence! It’s supposed to signify that the write is self aware! And this is idiotic. It’s the saddest kind of failure. F. Scott Fitzgerald believed inserting exclamation points was the literary equivalent of an author laughing at his own jokes, but that’s not the case in the modern age; now the exclamation point signifies creative confusion.”

I’m obviously not smart enough to put this in words as well as Klosterman but I agree completely. I think the majority of the population is just confused. I’ve written before how I don’t just throw exclamation points into my writing and I’m happy to see some validation to my thoughts previous to reading this book. The same thing applies to people who throw a ton of letters while texting into words to try to be cute. They aren’t stupid people they are just confused about being an individual because society has made them think that this form of writing is accepted. All their friends text this way so they are going to do it too. By trying to be different, they are just conforming.

So where am I getting with all this? I’m not really sure. It’s not like from now on anyone who texts me with words spelled like this “whhyyyyy”, I’m going to stereotype as a moron. It really has nothing to do with that. I’m think I’m just trying to make myself feel better about my own human existence. When I see Bud send texts and emails with perfect punctuation, I think it says something about his personality. He’s a no nonsense conformist who doesn’t like breaking the rules. It’s not entirely true but still I think it’s a good example for the post. I sometimes don’t like capitalizing my texts so that should give you an idea of the rule breaker I am. I also want to point out too that there is such a generation gap with me and “young adults” that I’m probably becoming an old fart. When I see facebook updates like Thx, I’ll c ya, my head spins. As every person getting older thinks, the younger generation is doooooomed.

One other thing I took out of the book was authenticity. People who lie aren’t people you want to be around. They will never be successful, and if they are, it’s usually done underhandedly. Honest people who tell the truth have a far greater chance at “making it.” It’s why I hope this blog will eventually catch on. I don’t fabricate story’s and I try to be as honest as I can with my posts. I give you my thoughts straight from my brain as I think them. This is my work. Rnningfool.com is me. I don’t steal ideas and this is something that even if I never achieve stardom, I know I can be proud of. If you’ve read this post this far you’ll know that you are reading my work and everything that comes along with it. I hope you, the reader, take something productive out of reading about my life because this is my reality.

By |2011-06-23T18:06:45-04:00June 23rd, 2011|My Life|0 Comments

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