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Debate emerges regarding Monday night laugh-in

Derek Anderson, Beanie Wells

Amazingly, a largely irrelevant game has sparked a discussion that has become very relevant to the question of the acceptable behavior of a player on a losing team.

Last night, ESPN’s cameras captured images of Cardinals quarterback Derek Anderson and guard Deuce Lutui sitting on the bench and smiling/laughing/generally acting like two guys on a team who weren’t seeing their season essentially come to an end.  The fact that ESPN’s Jon Gruden, who if he were a boxing announcer would have said that Mike Tyson bit Evander Holyfield’s ear because Tyson possibly is an undiagnosed diabetic,  called out Anderson made the situation seem to be even more of an affront to the unwritten rules of team sport.

After the game, a reporter posed a fair and appropriate question to Anderson about the situation.  And Anderson opted to fly off the handle about it.

Former players in the media have defended Anderson.  Rams, Giants, and Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner, who now works for FOX, suggested on Twitter that the laughing wasn’t inappropriate but the question was.  Long-time Raiders great Tim Brown, in an appearance on The Dan Patrick Show, seemed to think  the question went too far.

Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post disagrees with Warner, and the pair went back and forth a bit on Twitter.  Hubbuch eventually said that if Warner “thinks the Anderson laughing question didn’t need to be asked, FOX needs to rethink hiring him as an analyst.  What a joke.”

We think the question was appropriate, and that it was asked in a professional way.  We also think Anderson acted like a jerk in response to the question, possibly in the hopes of deflecting attention from the fact that he was yukking it up while the team’s 2010 hopes became a pile of ashes from which nothing but the stench of defeat ever will arise.

And stuff like that does indeed drive fans crazy.  In fact, true fans despise those post-game shots of players from the two teams acting out the lyrics of Same Auld Lang Syne at midfield after a hard-fought game.  But those images are usually fleeting and by then the commentators have taken off the headsets.

It’s not that players should storm off the field after losing, but there’s a middle ground that suggests disappointment and dejection after a loss, and there’s a way to act that way without coming off as a jerk.  Either way, the paying customers want to see that the players are upset about losing.  All too often, they sure don’t seem to be.

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  1. PFTiswhatitis says: Nov 30, 2010 11:07 AM

    As a fan I hate to see players yucking it up when they are losing. It implies that they dont care, or are not as emotionally invested in the game as I am as a fan…and they ought to be much more invested than that. I don’t see how the question is inappropriate. I am sure there are many fans that would want to ask that of Anderson if they could. Isn’t that the media’s job?

  2. bobbybythepound says: Nov 30, 2010 11:10 AM

    Even though I do think he was having fun on the sidelines, (even though the team got spanked), I think he overreacted. The storm-off was uncalled for & it’s almost like he made himself angry. The question could’ve been easily answered a la Rosenhaus: “Next Question”

  3. ralphwilsonsucks says: Nov 30, 2010 11:10 AM

    Maybe he was laughing about how bad the Cards are.

  4. darkchilde00 says: Nov 30, 2010 11:14 AM

    When loosing like the Cards were, most teams would have been in “Doom and Gloom” mode. That tells me that they have given up. When DA still had pep in his steep, let me know that he still was going to play with pride. Even though he probably knew there were gonna lose, he was gonna go down swinging.

  5. realitypolice says: Nov 30, 2010 11:17 AM

    Fans who have a problem with players from opposing teams interacting at midfield after a game are idiots.

    This isn’t war, and this isn’t USA v. USSR from the 1970′s. These guys live in the same cities in the off-season, they hang out together in the off-season, and some of them played together in college. For them to act like they all hate each other would be ridiculous.

    Oh, and one other thing. They absolutely could not care less what you think about them. To most player in the NFL, fans are a necessary evil.

    It’s a game, people. A GAME. Seriously.

  6. mean13 says: Nov 30, 2010 11:17 AM

    Toupee man Florio just can not keep from taking shots at Gruden – even when he agrees with him! Florio, Gruden can wipe his rear end with you – if he even knows who you are.

  7. FinFan68 says: Nov 30, 2010 11:18 AM

    He should have just said something like “I was very upset about the way I was playing and ____ made a joke. I thought the joke was funny and it lifted my spirits. To assume I was happy or laughing about my team’s situation is absurd.” End of story, zero controversy.

  8. radrntn says: Nov 30, 2010 11:18 AM

    at least they were not chewing on a hot dog on the sideline

  9. rockstart42 says: Nov 30, 2010 11:20 AM

    I don’t by that laughing means they don’t care. These are professional athlete’s this is there job. Do we get yelled at when we have a bad day at work?

    This after all is there job. We may even take it way to serious than some of the players who get paid to play for even a team they don’t care about, lol.

  10. dgforreal says: Nov 30, 2010 11:21 AM

    And stuff like that does indeed drive fans crazy. In fact, true fans despise those post-game shots of players from the two teams acting out the lyrics of Same Auld Lang Syne at midfield after a hard-fought game.

    This is actually one of my favorite moments in any game. It’s good to see guys go at it for 60 minutes then when it’s over they greet each other. Let’s not forget that these guys are human beings just like we are.

  11. ygkr85 says: Nov 30, 2010 11:22 AM

    If Anderson handled the question professionally this would not be such an issue. The reporter asked a tough question, but not an over the line question. A modest response and a little context from Anderson was all that was required.

  12. chc36 says: Nov 30, 2010 11:26 AM

    I don’t have a problem with players laughing on the sideline, even when losing. It shows there having fun, football is at its best when both teams are actually playing because they want to and not for the millions of dollars. Who cares if the players are on a losing team, at this point in the season you do start playing for fun. Playoff hopes are gone, there is nothing else really worth playing for, might as well enjoy yourself while you’re at it

  13. sledonne says: Nov 30, 2010 11:30 AM

    Florio Im certain at some point you’ve cracked wise with one of your colleagues about one of your clients legal troubles. Can you please stop focusing on non stories such as this?

  14. stanklepoot says: Nov 30, 2010 11:30 AM

    If anything, the initial question seemed like the reporter was trying to do Anderson a favor. By the sounds of things, the reporter had already noticed a bunch of e-mails and tweets talking about it. By asking the question, he was giving Anderson a chance to try and get out in front of the discussion. Instead, Anderson lashed out at the reporter, which resulted in the reporter pushing back at him to get an answer. Anderson’s reaction was tantamount to blood in the water with a room full of sharks around. So, while the initial question may have actually been offered up as a chance for Anderson to avoid a lot of negative discussions, his reaction created a feeding frenzy.

  15. fartography says: Nov 30, 2010 11:33 AM

    I saw a clip on Sportsline with DA and Lutui and that certainly didn’t look like “yukking it up.” The two guys are obviously tight and Lutui took an opportunity to bust DA’s chops. And by the end of the small clip the laugh was going away. He did a terrible job of explaining it to the reporter, though. Usually anyone who screams about how hard they work is really a slacker.

  16. gridassassin says: Nov 30, 2010 11:34 AM

    The question is, if the team was really getting it’s ass handed to it that badly, then why wasn’t the QB Coach going over overhead pictures with Anderson – so he wouldn’t have time to yuk it up with teammates?

    Also… it appears ESPN is LOOKING for talking points – much like they did when the isolated on Albert Haynesworth when he decided to take a siesta during the play. That happened within the white lines though.

  17. packattack1967 says: Nov 30, 2010 11:35 AM

    “After the game, a reporter posed a fair and appropriate question to Anderson about the situation.”

    Come on Mike—this was out of line. There is no way to know if this was nervous tension. His (there)way of staying loose. The reporter should be taken off the Cards assignment. He’s a tool and has never played a down at any level.

  18. rabidbillsfan says: Nov 30, 2010 11:36 AM

    The question did go to far, and for the reporter who called Warner a joke, well look in the mirrior and see if you have MVP’s or SB Trophys. The game of football is mentally taxing, I have no problem with the laughing, joking around. It seems to me when reports ask questions like these, they actually are looking for responses like DA’s, they try and push you to the brink. I mean, if he wasn’t serious about his team losing, do you think he would have responded to the question like that? I don’t. Oh and by the way, what did him laughing have to do with anything on the field? Did the 9er’s gain a competetive advantage? No! Typical Reporter trying to stir the pot, and make something out of nothing, KEEP THAT PAYCHECK COMIN’!!

  19. neohiodawg says: Nov 30, 2010 11:38 AM

    He did the same thing when he was with Cleveland. During his “Pro Bowl” year (and I use the term loosely), he threw 4 picks late in the year against the Bengals. And he sits there smiling and laughing after 4 picks and a loss (19-14).

    The sucked then and he still sucks now.

  20. jimjcleveland says: Nov 30, 2010 11:40 AM

    Gimme a break! Who freakin cares about what he and Duece were talking about? Instead of feeding conjecture and making something out of nothing, why couldn’t the reporter ask Derek Anderson what he saw when he threw the ball? Where was he throwing it? Does he think he has done enough to deserve and keep his role as the starting QB? These are responsible questions. “What were you and Duece laughing about while your team was losing?” is not a responsible question. It’s Bush-league and flat out yellow journalism. Further evidence of this is that the d-bag at the Post took exception to Warner’s objection to the question. It was flat out inflammatory, despite the reporters assertion otherwise.

  21. paul1990 says: Nov 30, 2010 11:40 AM

    I think that a lot of times, the media/press makes more out of a situation that is actually there. Personally, I think there are a lot more things the press should ask about rather than that scenario. Stupid question, really.

    Put the press up on a podium and ask them the same stupid questions and see if they like it. Question their legitimacy as writers…why did you have the drink during the game you were reporting on? Don’t you think that wearning jeans to the press conference makes you look under-dressed? Why did you leave your spot to hit the restroom during a key part of the game?

    See? Now you’ll see why athletes get tired of writers and their idiotic questions. I know I do when I listen to press conferences.

  22. Slim Charles says: Nov 30, 2010 11:42 AM

    Yeah, the only fans that get angry about this are ones with no lives outside of sports. I hate when my team loses, but am not naive enough to think that some people just don’t play it for the money. They’re employees at a job and a source of entertainment.

    The people that get fired up about this are the same mouthbreathers that insult athletes they’ve never met on twitter.

  23. savocabol1 says: Nov 30, 2010 11:44 AM

    “After the game, a reporter posed a fair and appropriate question to Anderson about the situation. And Anderson opted to fly off the handle about it.”

    He asked them what they were talking about when DA was smiling. How is that appropriate/relevant to the game of football? You guys are just fishing for a story to try to create something. Discussing what two people are talking about on the bench has no relevance to the game that was played.

  24. rayjayjohnsonjr says: Nov 30, 2010 11:44 AM

    Different time, different place, but for some reason I just can’t see Bart Starr, Johnny U, Dan Marino and the likes acting that way, either on the bench or during a post game question and answer session. I doubt if Anderson will ever have to worry about being postively compared to guys like them. What a jerk.

  25. bbb82 says: Nov 30, 2010 11:47 AM

    I don’t think the issue is the laughing. The issue is that DA went all Ryan Leaf on a reporter that was asked a question respectfully.

  26. 8man says: Nov 30, 2010 11:48 AM

    If you truly gave the game everything you have to give and the other team was just better, then so be it. Move on. Just because you share a humorous moment with a colleague during a loss doesn’t mean you aren’t trying.

    Who of us that have attended funerals have not thought of comical things and had to surpress giggles? Or even made jokes? Honestly.

    That being said, Brady or Manning certainly don’t laugh during losses. Of course, for them, they happen so rarely.

  27. bartpkelly says: Nov 30, 2010 11:48 AM

    The question was an inappropriate one that you can ask once, but not to keep harping on it. Was the reporter really going to run a story on how a qb smiled while losing?
    The reporter was really asking if the qb cared about winning, because to smile while losing just never happens apparently. Come on…you can be getting blown out and smile, laugh, and it doesn’t mean that you don’t care.

  28. grandpoopah says: Nov 30, 2010 11:56 AM

    It is a shame that Gruden didn’t work the Eagles at Bengals game a couple years ago when Donovan was on the sideline laughing with Andy Reid just after going 3 and out on the Eagles’ last possession in OT. Of course, McNabb caught a lot of crap because he supposedly didn’t know that the game was over. For me, however, McNabb’s greater offense was his nonchalant goofing off on the sideline after such a horrible performance on the field.

  29. cornerdenizen0 says: Nov 30, 2010 11:57 AM

    You’re sitting there, in the wake of an ass kicking and one of your teammates says something to you. Maybe it’s a joke you guys always share with one another regardless of the circumstance. And right at that moment you need to make sense of something. And that little joke is it. So you laugh. The same way you might laugh at a funeral or some depressing event. It doesn’t mean you don’t care.

    But…I know all the bitter morons need to rant and rave. So have at it…

  30. thatsrightmike says: Nov 30, 2010 11:59 AM

    I think some people are missing the point that made the question relavent. The video exchange was already out in the media. The beat reporter was giving Anderson an opportunity to put out the fire that already existed. He even explained to him leading into the question that it was already out there. Anderson is a dope for flying off the handle.

    Oh yeah and he sucks as a QB and I wouldn’t hire him to cut my lawn…

  31. sfsaintsfan says: Nov 30, 2010 12:00 PM

    Being a Saints fan, I have laughed many times over the years while sitting in the stands during a game. When your team is terrible (even though they beat the Saints this year), and you know it, why not laugh about it during the game. It isn’t like they were not trying while they were on the field. They didn’t just lay down during a play and not even try to get up and sack a QB (Albert Haynesworth) for instance, or take a swing at an opposing player.

  32. natelan says: Nov 30, 2010 12:00 PM

    Apparently DA thought his performance was as funny as I did. The biggest joke that night was the Cardinals and I fully understand why he was laughing.

    The only thing funnier than their play, was DA’s post-game interview.

    That being said, this is a game people! I have no problem with a QB laughing in that situation. People are using this episode as a scapegoat for their terrible season, which he made worse in the post-game interview by blowing up and walking away. He looked Ryan Leaf-esque, which coming from a Chargers fan, is not a compliment.

  33. profootballwalk says: Nov 30, 2010 12:04 PM

    Win or lose, the paycheck is the same.

  34. wvugrad00 says: Nov 30, 2010 12:09 PM

    I could care less if the players are yucking it up in a win or a loss. The fans care more about it than the players, alway have always will. A loss eats at a fan all week, if not longer but thats because they are emotionally invested in the outcome of the game, the players while invested are not invested in the same way. Just remember, at the end of the day it is simply just a game your raising your blood pressure over

  35. vahawker says: Nov 30, 2010 12:13 PM

    You really think nearly every other player hasn’t had a chuckle during a really bad game? This one was captured by the camera man(gotcha journalism IMHO) and the announcers in the booth made a big deal out of it.

    DA should have said Duece asked him if he thought ALL reporters were idiots or just this guy?

  36. gallopingghost says: Nov 30, 2010 12:14 PM

    “In fact, true fans despise those post-game shots of players from the two teams acting out the lyrics of Same Auld Lang Syne at midfield after a hard-fought game. ”

    How dare you try to act like an authority on what true fans like or dislike.

    I’ll put my fan-dom up against anyone in this country, but I’m also a sportsman and appreciate the comaraderie NFL players share, particularly from across the line of scrimmage. There is no shame or disgrace in rubbing elbows with your opponents(that’s opponent, not enemy).

    They are part of an elite group of men and obviously very attuned to on another’s careers and lives. I’d argue they have more respect for each other than us as fans could really understand. No one wants to see hand shakes in between plays, but at the end of the day what’s wrong with a little class and comaraderie?

    Florio, you are a tool.

  37. kotcha23 says: Nov 30, 2010 12:17 PM

    If he wanted to be like Peyton Manning, he’d would have had a look on his face like he just ate some sour grapes…that’s what he does when things aren’t going his way.

  38. prior0knowledge says: Nov 30, 2010 12:21 PM

    It is very individual. I don’t think it is fair for fans to judge a player by how he reacts to or during a defeat. Some players cry, some are stoic, some try to ignore it and some laugh it up.

    So layoff. There is no “right or wrong” here. And that goes double for Florio’s opinion (because he is a professional sportswriter and thus should be more knowledgeable) that players should be act somber in defeat. It is still contrived behavior.

  39. zaggs says: Nov 30, 2010 12:25 PM

    Geez Floor-Boy, where did you learn english comprehension? The question was not legit. The question was about all the fans seeing him laugh on Monday night football. When the reporter asks (well before Anderson responds) about fans pointing to that as a problem with the team, its not a fair question. Anderson had every right to get pissed about the question. Just because he laughs one time on the sidelines doesn’t mean he doesn’t care. The reporter questioned his professionalism. Of course you’re going to get a harsh reposnce from anyone who cares. Anderson’s response about not laughing was on the whole of his performance, which is exactly what was asked by the reporter. But simply because for some asinine reason NBC hired you that you think you get to decide what you want Anderson to be responding to.
    Doesn’t work that way and I would say you were giving NBC a bad name from making things up out of thin air, but the name has already been tarnished enough.

  40. PFTiswhatitis says: Nov 30, 2010 12:25 PM

    Anderson lacks professionalism. All he had to do is say that it really bothers him to lose this way. Instead, he reacted to the reporter and question like it was out of line, which it certainly was not.
    No worried though, he’ll be out of football soon enough.

  41. metalhead65 says: Nov 30, 2010 12:28 PM

    it would be one thing if they had spent the game laughing but it looked liked it lasted what 30 seconds?guys now half to tell every single word said between teammates?

  42. mean13 says: Nov 30, 2010 12:34 PM

    Maybe he was laughing at his completion percentage. The rest of America was.

  43. cowboylover says: Nov 30, 2010 12:35 PM

    I have to admit, the thought crossed my mind when I saw Anderson smiling, “what could be so funny?” but that’s the most I thought of it. That being said, Tom Landry cut Hollywood Henderson for smirking and mouthing “Hi Mom” to the cameras on the sideline when the ‘boys were losing. Not saying DA should be fired; I’m just sayin’.

  44. coachstram says: Nov 30, 2010 12:43 PM

    What, in times of frustration and stress, its a sin to have a chuckle?

    The reporter was dead wrong to keep badgering Anderson. He asked once, Anderson said “what Duece and I talk about isnt anyones business”.

    And he’s right.

    Another case of some pinhead reporter thinking he knows the locker room / sideline protocol better than the men that actually play the game.

    True, it looked bad – real bad.

    But still, none of our business.

  45. awdlmd says: Nov 30, 2010 12:46 PM

    Professionals are able to separate their emotions from the outcome of the game. When a losing player shares a laugh with an opponent after the game it’s not a sign of not caring, it’s just sportsmanship. Sometimes it’s not a terrible thing to lighten the mood during the game if things are not going well either.

    The question afterword was a bit stupid. It was understandable for Anderson to blow up given the frustration of the game, although all it accomplished was to make himself look bad.

    In the end not a big deal. A little embarrasing for him, mildy amusing for the rest of us.

  46. tdhawk says: Nov 30, 2010 12:49 PM

    Anderson got defensive over a legitimate question, like a child caught doing something wrong with no defensible excuse. Instead of being a professional, he reacted stressfully, like a guy who knows his days in the NFL are coming to a close.

    Regardless of what he was discussing, he and all the players know that eyes/ears are on them 24/7. His lack of awareness and acknowledgement of this slip-up demonstrates a sloppiness similar to staring down one’s receivers.

  47. ravensrule says: Nov 30, 2010 12:49 PM

    Anderson played awful and he acknowledged that. He made a facial expression on the sideline, its not like he was having a good time. Sounds like a slow news day to be discussing this…..

  48. Florio's Lawyer says: Nov 30, 2010 12:52 PM

    Stories like this are a staple of PFT.

    Take a situation that you have absolutely no clue about, add some meaningless video and inject whatever freaking meaning to it that will generate the most page hits, then beat it to death for a week.

    IOW, act like you know what was going on when you clearly didn’t.

    Go ahead, censor this…

  49. brintfatre says: Nov 30, 2010 12:53 PM

    When it is BrINT Favre laughing on the sidelines while losing the game the media(including Gruden!) talk about how much fun he’s having and about how it’s still “sandlot” football for him.
    This kind of crap is why I watch games with the mute on…

  50. steelers6pack says: Nov 30, 2010 12:53 PM

    Of course former players are going to say it went too far and media will say it didn’t! Hopefully Whiz makes Anderson 3rd string and starts Skelton! If Anderson starts Sunday the fans will boo him relentlously!

  51. acmepacker says: Nov 30, 2010 12:54 PM

    Seems like a non issue to me. You see shots of players on the sidelines talking and laughing all the time. A player needs a huge competitive drive to make it in pro sports. I don’t think that drive would let a person take a loss lightly. nobody likes losing. On the other hand, he’s a professional and that requires dealing with the press maturely.

  52. 8dollarbeer says: Nov 30, 2010 12:58 PM

    kotcha23 says:
    Nov 30, 2010 12:17 PM
    If he wanted to be like Peyton Manning, he’d would have had a look on his face like he just ate some sour grapes…that’s what he does when things aren’t going his way.

    ******************************************

    No if he wanted to be like Peyton he would have thrown his linemen under the bus, but told everyone he was trying to be a good teammate. When things are going PM’s way he’s the hero, when they arn’t they are having protection problems.

  53. artbyshan says: Nov 30, 2010 1:05 PM

    What’s the guy supposed to do? I’m sure he knows he’s playing badly. I’m sure he knows his team is bad. Is he supposed to walk around with a frown? Would that make you non-sports playing writers feel better? Maybe it was an inside joke. Maybe he was laughing at you. Gee whiz- and the media can’t understand why people accuse them of making the news.

  54. paulienuts says: Nov 30, 2010 1:05 PM

    Good job, Derek. He apparently took a page out of Aaron Brooks’ book. Look for Anderson to to be land developing next season. I think Brooks still could need help…they can have some good yuks together.

  55. kupski says: Nov 30, 2010 1:05 PM

    Grueden MORON

    “The fact that ESPN’s Jon Gruden called out Anderson made the situation seem to be even more of an affront to the unwritten rules of team sport.”

    Typical Gruden Behavior. Runs his team like an A- hole and wonders why the Bucs never went anywhere AFTER Dungys players were gone off the team. Ran off the Public affairs rep also (went to atlanta). Ran off serveral Pro bowlers, basically ruined the team and FINALLY got let go.

    Truth is that team sucks bad…real bad. They knew that D.A. was a crummy Q.B. when they got him wholesale from the Browns who dumped him and Quinn.

    Fans are dogging him out for laughing? wasnt it just a short time ago that we had TWO “PROFESSIONAL” football players fist fighting on national T.V. with young children watching and yet neither of them were suspended?

    SAD, SAD, SAD, SAD, SAD,

    JOHN GRUEDEN IS A SCHUMCK AND A HORRID COACH..HORRID.. ask the bucs, ask the raiders…. SICK THING IS….. some poor unsuspecting foolish owner might get a chubby from the comments he spewed that will qualify the idiot once again to ruin another N.F.L. team.

    NUFF SAID.

  56. savocabol1 says: Nov 30, 2010 1:11 PM

    After reading some posts you guys bring up good points. Every one of us Cleveland Cavs fans saw Lebron yuking it up every time we lost. He would smile, dance, make jokes when we were losing. Most of the time he would also go over to the other team after the game and mingle. I didn’t see ANYONE bringing this up at all. I don’t mean to bring Lebron into a football argument but there is obviously a double standard with superstars and duds. This story will go away in a day that fade into oblivion after next week anyway. Might as well let this reporter get his 15 mins….

  57. steelers24019 says: Nov 30, 2010 1:12 PM

    You say it was a “largely irrelevant game” but SF is only one game back. This game did not excite me much but it was not irrelevant.

    I realize it’s a game and all but I’m not a big fan of players from opposite teams being too friendly, even after the game. There was a time where players themselves would not have tolerated their teamates being too friendly with opposition. Jackie Robinson retired from baseball rather than going to play for the Giants.

  58. blackcatnfl says: Nov 30, 2010 1:12 PM

    I was laughing too (all the way to the bank)

  59. Nevis says: Nov 30, 2010 1:18 PM

    There was nothing wrong with Somers asking the question and he CLEARLY STATES he was merely seeking context.

    Kent Somers is a well respected journalist who has covered this team for a long time, not some hack looking to push buttons.

    He obviously wants to maintain to good professional relationship with the players and DA was just flustered and embarrassed, end of story.

  60. baddegg says: Nov 30, 2010 1:19 PM

    In fact, true fans despise those post-game shots of players from the two teams acting out the lyrics of Same Auld Lang Syne at midfield after a hard-fought game. But those images are usually fleeting and by then the commentators have taken off the headsets.

    ————

    I’d like to see a poll on this. I am a huge NFL fan, and this does not bother me. One of things I always loved about playing football myself was, you tried to rough up the guys on the other side from you the whole game, but after that, you could laugh and joke as friends. Football is kind of like “playing war” but it’s not “real war,” get it?

    Same is true in boxing. Two guys will try to literally knock each other’s head off for 10 rounds then hug at the end of the fight.

    This is sportsmanship. Do true fans really dislike this? Is there some sort of poll that illustrates this?

  61. kupski says: Nov 30, 2010 1:28 PM

    Nevis
    And is it ok for people to deny questions or be visibly upset after a game? or no ? you must answer when asked questions JUST because hes a well respected journalist ?

    You forget a small thing here. The guy is an athelete and is under a hell of a lot of pressure unlike the guy writing the ink on the fish wrap.

    Keep a balance here that if maybe the guy would ask D.A. a question an hour later or the next day, maybe he would of been more calm about it?

    The press is only entitled to ask questions because they are invited to. Its not their privilege but it seem as though they make it seem as it is their privilege.

  62. zombierevolution says: Nov 30, 2010 1:32 PM

    8dollarbeer says:
    Nov 30, 2010 12:58 PM
    No if he wanted to be like Peyton he would have thrown his linemen under the bus, but told everyone he was trying to be a good teammate. When things are going PM’s way he’s the hero, when they arn’t they are having protection problems.

    Manning is one of the most quoted athletes in the NFL for many years now and you are hard pressed to find more than one or two quotes where he throws somone “under the bus.”

    Hatred is as bad as ignoring the mistakes of athletes, they are human.

    Reporters need to cut guys like Anderson some slack and put themelves in the athlete’s shoes, even though 99.99 percent of them could never play the sport they report on.

  63. gergie1957 says: Nov 30, 2010 1:34 PM

    This is a non issue brought up only to fill in 24 hour sports news cycles.

    I have been on the bad end of a football beat down, and one of my buddies said “Get ready for some nasty wind sprints Monday.” I chuckled a little about that statement. I was not happy about what was happening at the time and was not laughing because we were getting clobbered.

    And neither was Anderson. Get over it.

  64. awhayes says: Nov 30, 2010 1:38 PM

    Hey – look back over Favre’s career and tell me how many times he joked around with a defender after going down for a costly sack at an inopportune time. Why has it always been OK for Favre to do this and not Anderson? Look, the game is 3+ hours long – if a player doesn’t laugh in a 3 hour time frame, something is probably wrong with the guy. It’s not like they’re at a funeral.

    I also don’t have a problem with the reporter’s questions – they shouldn’t have been so hard for Anderson to answer. Here’s what Anderson should have said: why is laughing a problem? Something funny was said, so I laughed. Can you not laugh if you’re losing? If I were stone-faced and morose but still playing like crap, would it have been any better?

  65. patpatriotagain says: Nov 30, 2010 2:06 PM

    the question was ok. the tone of voice was disrespectful, and sounded like a person who thought he already knew the answer. also the 5th follow up was beyond reasonable.

  66. db105 says: Nov 30, 2010 2:11 PM

    Looking like you don’t care about your quality of work or service usually won’t go over well with your customers. This goes for any business.

  67. lebronsinsecurity says: Nov 30, 2010 2:14 PM

    This just seems crazy to me.. Who cares if he was smiling on the sidelines.. The fact that anyone had an issue with this shows that some people take this crap way to serious.. No surprise that the one person in this article that has a problem with Anderson’s laughing is a media member.. The media has seriously become a disease that plagues the rest of society

  68. tdurk34 says: Nov 30, 2010 3:13 PM

    Gruden and ESPN are just trying to keep the fans watching a sad, sad game. When all said and done does it really warrant this reaction? Some producer in a trailer saw that on one of the cameras and thought it would be a good thing to get Gruden started to keep the viewers watching to justify the high cost of advertising during a terrible game. And look what it got them, a fire storm of reaction and people want copies of the video, and ESPN being splashed all over the internet. Chuckie continues his self promotion campaign.

  69. tramonisland says: Nov 30, 2010 3:42 PM

    PFTiswhatitis says:
    Nov 30, 2010 12:25 PM
    Anderson lacks professionalism. All he had to do is say that it really bothers him to lose this way. Instead, he reacted to the reporter and question like it was out of line, which it certainly was not.
    No worried though, he’ll be out of football soon enough
    ————————————————————
    …..and laughing that he has gotten paid over 25 million to play a sport and suck at it. derek anderson is a joke. espn should be ashamed to put such a crappy game on mnf. all afc west teams should be banned from primetime.

  70. falstaffsmind says: Nov 30, 2010 3:58 PM

    Some of the funniest stuff I have ever heard was said when the chips are down and things look bleak. And you know what, that kind of gallows humor, it helps you break the tension. Maybe somebody on the sideline said… ‘You think this is bad, I started Randy Moss in Fantasy’.

  71. jrat33 says: Nov 30, 2010 4:08 PM

    From a different news site:

    “Late in the loss to the 49ers, TV cameras showed Anderson sharing a laugh with guard Deuce Lutui on the sideline. When initially asked about the exchange after the game, Anderson quietly said Lutui had told him something to keep them positive, and that they can hopefully get on the same page.

    Anderson calmly answered another question about a different topic, then started to lose his temper as the reporter came back to the shared laugh.”

    So, Anderson DID answer the question and the reporter continued to badger him about it. Hey Florio, how about reporting, I don’t know, the WHOLE STORY, before you start defending some idiot reporter who was trying to get Anderson’s goat after he didn’t get the emotional response from the quarterback that he wanted.

    Fact of the matter is, sports reporters always stick up for other sports reporters because they have to fool themselves into thinking their jobs are RELEVENT.

  72. cschick2317 says: Nov 30, 2010 4:53 PM

    Yes…how dare they have fun on the sidelines when they are losing…oh the horror >_<.

    It might be just me…but I didn't see the game as all that important. I could understand finding it odd if they were laughing when losing the Superbowl or something, but that wasn't the case here. The most that was at stake was being a game behind the conference leader while having the chance to end up 9-7…not a whole lot to be serious about.

  73. gamustangdude says: Nov 30, 2010 6:50 PM

    Hey Mike, were you on the bench with Anderson? My guess is probably not, so we don’t know what was said therfore the context of his laughter. Maybe Lutui said, “At least the season could be worse, we could be playing for Minnesota.” Would the laughter be justified then? Maybe Lutui was just trying to cheer up his QB so they would be a little more relaxed and put some points on the board. It didn’t work, but you never know. We can assume a lot of things, but we all know what happends when we assume.

    I wasn’t there I have no clue what went on. I can speculate just as easy as the next guy, but why should I. I don’t know the situation, neither do you so before you proceed to comment and sugest that he was “…yukking it up while the team’s 2010 hopes became a pile of ashes,” maybe we try to figure out what really happend before we make asses out of ourselves. Just a suggestion.

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