Originally Posted by ASG0531
Mallett did come in after that score. There is no "sportsmanship" in professional sports. It's a media-driven narrative. These are grown men paid to win games. If you want to **** on a coach for being "unsportsmanlike," look no further than Schiano with his tactics against a victory formation.
The Pats are the only team that gets called out for running up the score because they are the only team that is capable of doing it while also having a negative background (BB's demeanor and Spygate). No one said the Saints ran up the score last season when they blew out the hapless Colts 62-7, did they? Drew Brees was still in and passing while up 41 points against a team that had no chance to do anything. But, at the time, the Saints were beloved and Brees was a great guy, so it's all good.
Funny that you mention Schiano and refer to Payton, two of Belichick's closest friends in the pro coaching ranks, when discussing unsportsmanlike play. Birds of a feather, or something like that.
Anyway, the part I never got about the "running up the score" criticism is why doesn't similar logic extend to the losing team? Down 59-24 yesterday with under 4 minutes to play, the Colts had Andrew Luck running the no huddle/shotgun and winging it on every play. Why wasn't Curtis Painter (or whatever scrub is backing up Luck these days) in there taking a knee?