Found March 12, 2013 on Queen City Sports:
April Fools Day has apparently come early this year… News broke today that Bills GM Buddy Nix & Buccaneers GM Mark Dominik unknowingly had their phone call recorded thanks to a couple of amateur pranksters. If you read my stuff regularly, first off thank you, second of all you know that I tend to take a sarcastic/humorous tone when I write… Well not today. (Photo courtesy of The Buffalo News) There’s a reason I’ve chosen to steer clear of my typical witty nature when it comes to what many are already referring to as “Buddygate.” It isn’t because I think Deadspin was unethical or crossing the line by publishing this story, if you know anything about their site, it’s what they do. It isn’t because I feel sorry for the 73-year-old technologically challenged Buddy Nix. It isn’t even because it happened to my hometown team, in turn giving the national media another piece of kindling for their “Buffalo Sucks” fire. The reason I don’t see the humor in this situation is because it kills part of what makes the National Football League so majestic. The NFL has always been the “be-all and end-all” when it comes to professional sports. It’s one of the only sports that is talked about 365 days a year. The Super Bowl ends and we’re already discussing free agency, offseason trades & next season’s hopes and dreams. In a way many of us grow up believing the NFL is this unparalleled entity that we will continue to love & admire even if our team doesn’t qualify for the postseason for 14 consecutive years. However, when stories like this break the untouchable NFL suddenly becomes touchable… How is it that a couple of kids were able to cause this mess? Shouldn’t the greatest sports league in the world have better security in place to prevent this sort of thing from happening? While the actual conversation between Nix & Dominik really didn’t provide any sort of earth shattering information that we as fans didn’t already know, there HAS to be better systems in place. After all, No one wants to see how the sausage gets made. We all knew the Bills were looking for a new QB and that they aren’t willing to pay Ryan Fitzpatrick over $7 million to be a backup. Fine, but that’s not the point. The point is that this is a conversation we were never supposed to hear. It’s a conversation that I don’t want to hear. It causes that childhood allure of the NFL to be dulled and the previously herculean NFL GM to become pedestrian. (Photo courtesy of Bleacher Report) While it’s not the reason I avoided taking part in the prodding of Buddy, I do feel sorry for him. I feel sorry for Tampa’s GM. I feel sorry for both secretaries that could very well lose their jobs over this. I feel sorry that Ryan Fitzpatrick has to endure the public hearing what he probably would rather not hear himself. While feeling sorry for all these people isn’t going to do much, it’s all that I can do. In a society where growing up is imminent, I want to maintain my childlike admiration for the National Football League, even if it means being a bit naive in the process… and you should too. Feel free to let me know what you think on Twitter at: @BradleyGelber The post The Prank Heard Round The World appeared first on Queen City Sports.
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