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Dion Clisso

By Dion Clisso PrepsKC Managing Editor
Posted: January 18, 2011 - 2:18 PM

I love the NFL playoffs. It is the highest form of football available. Great players making great plays on the biggest stage is a great way to spend a Saturday or Sunday afternoon.

There are many great things that high school players and coaches can take from those games and learn from. At the same time there are many things I hope nobody learns from like some of the over the top celebration and a few other things.

One aspect I hope definitely doesn’t trickle down to the high school level is the “We were disrespected” theme you tend to see in pre or post-game interviews. This was on display Sunday after the Jets beat the Patriots. A Jets player started calling out ESPN analysts for not picking them and then congratulating Keyshon Johnson for “getting their back.”

Yes that was it. Keyshon was sticking up for the Jets. He was the only one who wasn’t “disrespecting” the team because that is exactly what every analyst who picked the Patriots to win was doing. They picked the Jets to lose because they didn’t respect them.

It couldn’t have anything to do with the 45-3 beat down the Patriots put on them the last time they met. It couldn’t have anything to do with the Jets poor play during the middle of the season where they lost games and struggled to beat teams they were better than. No it was all about respect.

I guess that is what the Jets needed to get motivated for that game. Spend all week at practice talking about how the media doesn’t respect them and that they show that disrespect by picking their opponent in some pregame show or a newspaper column.

Contrary to what those Jets players or other players seem to think, disrespect is the farthest thing from someone’s mind when they are picking a game. Usually people weight all factors and make that pick. Sometimes they go on a hunch or a feeling or in some cases, like maybe Keyshon Johnson’s, they go with an old loyalty.

The point is, actually being disrespected is really a rare thing. People are generally nice and when it comes to sports the intent is to give respect at all times. In the media it is much the same. Media people don’t want to say just whatever, they usually try to have a reason why they have an opinion.

The disrespect motivation is a little old in my mind. It is time to move on to something else. Unless someone from the media or another team says you don’t work hard enough and you don’t deserve to be on the field with you, you haven’t been disrespected. Lighten up a little it is just a game.