Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

14 Feb 2007

Getting Tough (2004)

Since it's a quiet week here at FO, I decided to link to one of my favorite pieces from the past few years.

John Clayton's an excellent football writer, one of the best in the business. He also has a very nifty faux-library backdrop whenever he appears on ESPN that I'm jealous of.

That being said, this piece about Mike Martz is one of the funniest articles I've ever seen on ESPN that wasn't written by D.J. Gallo. Enjoy.

Posted by: Bill Barnwell on 14 Feb 2007

22 comments, Last at 15 Feb 2007, 7:15pm by Bjorn


by Clod (not verified) :: Wed, 02/14/2007 - 8:30pm

Well it is interesting...but "one of the funniest articles I’ve ever seen on ESPN that wasn’t written by D.J. Gallo"....i don't know about that.

by Mark (not verified) :: Wed, 02/14/2007 - 8:45pm

What am I not getting?

by Spoilt Victorian Child (not verified) :: Wed, 02/14/2007 - 9:19pm

The trick is to imagine what Clayton's expression was as he was writing that.

by throughthelookingglass (not verified) :: Wed, 02/14/2007 - 9:37pm

hehe. thanks Bill

by Sundown (not verified) :: Thu, 02/15/2007 - 12:48am

What a riot. The best part was how they had this, like, headline at the top, then moved into these paragraph-looking things explaining what they were talking about. I think they even had some photos and a pull quote later on, but I'd already fallen onto the floor laughing by then.

Seriously, does the article become funny if you're drunk or something?

by DavidH (not verified) :: Thu, 02/15/2007 - 12:58am

I'm glad I'm not the only one who doesn't get it.

by jimmo (not verified) :: Thu, 02/15/2007 - 3:08am

re:5, No it doesn't. Trust me.

by Crushinator (not verified) :: Thu, 02/15/2007 - 3:13am

I like to make fun of Martz as much as the next guy, but I'm with 2, 5, and 6 with this one.

by Compucrazy (not verified) :: Thu, 02/15/2007 - 3:35am

I miss Mike Martz as a head coach.

by irishfan (not verified) :: Thu, 02/15/2007 - 7:12am

As a rams fan I remember that season well. Jump out to a 10-0 lead away to Buffalo and then get hammered. Najeh Davenport ran for 200 yards on us. Adam Vinatieri threw a touchdown pass to Troy Brown. Won a play off game after going 8-8 then give up record yards to a returner and Vick, Dunn and Duckett run for 3,000,000 yards on us in a playoff humiliation.

But for the first 18 minutes of that game against the seahawks it was like 99 or 01 all over again. (i recall the announcer even said at the time it was like the GSOT was back).

The rams have not started a game so well since.

PS Bierra really jacked up Holt in that game

by andrew (not verified) :: Thu, 02/15/2007 - 9:29am

Martz hasn't been mentioned in the San Diego job hunt, has he?

by John (not verified) :: Thu, 02/15/2007 - 11:20am

Does anyone else here find DJ Gallo completely predictable and not at all funny? Because I do....

by vijay (not verified) :: Thu, 02/15/2007 - 11:40am

While I agree that I must be missing something here, I must disagree with #12. DJ Gallo is genius if you ask me. Sometimes he gets formulaic, but generally, he's great!

by Sophandros (not verified) :: Thu, 02/15/2007 - 2:31pm

12: He has his moments, but his stuff is often predictable and it seems forced a lot of times.

by sam (not verified) :: Thu, 02/15/2007 - 3:03pm

The thing with Gallo is too often he kind of goes too far, kind of detracting from the punchline. Kind of like explaining your joke to somebody, makes it less funny you know.

by Clod (not verified) :: Thu, 02/15/2007 - 3:54pm

Ahh, the season is over and all the old timers are all that’s left…love it here at FO this time of year…its just like ‘03 again…

by DMP (not verified) :: Thu, 02/15/2007 - 4:03pm

Atlanta RULEZZZZZZ!!!! FO dont get, sux!!! ha ha

Sorry, just rekindling some of the best moments of regular season posts.

by coltrane23 (not verified) :: Thu, 02/15/2007 - 4:13pm

Wow, I remember the game and the article. And how frustrated I was with the Seahawks for their season-long inconsistencies. This was Round 2 after blowing that 17-point lead at home . . . before going on to lose again at home in the playoffs to the *same freaking team* that they'd absolutely trounced for the first 3-1/2 quarters in the series.

And I remember thinking at the time how pathetic it was that all of a sudden after this game the Rams were "tough." And suddenly Martz was a "genius" HC again.

Um, just realized, I guess I just don't see the funny here, but I'm probably biased.

by Not saying (not verified) :: Thu, 02/15/2007 - 5:14pm

I'd say much of D.J. Gallo's best stuff doesn't show up on ESPN. Censoring and all that. I would still say he's the least forumlaic of all of the ESPN writers.

by Bruce (not verified) :: Thu, 02/15/2007 - 6:13pm

This was worth a reset?

by Crushinator (not verified) :: Thu, 02/15/2007 - 7:09pm

DJ Gallo is alright. He occasionally has a gem or two, but for the most part, it's very "meh" to me.

by Bjorn (not verified) :: Thu, 02/15/2007 - 7:15pm

Perhaps there was no batter example than Aeneas Williams' hustle in the fourth quarter. Seahawks halfback Shaun Alexander broke a 35-yard run down the left side of the field. He maneuvered around Rams defenders, but Williams, who had been in man coverage, chased him down and stripped the ball from his hands at the Rams' 14.

I remember that play very well. As soon as Alexander started weaving around with his arms flailing about, I said "Fumble coming." I felt like Nostradamus, or perhaps Desmond Hume, when that happened.