Jeff Duncan's Gonna Jeff Duncan



A few weeks ago, while traveling south to New Orleans, I came across a tweet from one of the columnists that write for my hometown newspaper, the Commercial Appeal.

At the time, the Memphis Grizzlies were battling their hated rivals west on Interstate 40, the Oklahoma City Thunder, in a spirited seven-game series that, thanks to the voodoo of Miss Rach, they would eventually lose in seven games. And while most of Memphis Twitter (myself included) was overwhelmingly supportive towards the Grizzlies, the columnist in their tweet was quick to point out wage inequality in the city.

"I'll support the Grizzlies, but what about wage inequality?," the tweet read, "Where's the outrage about that?"

Like any city in this country (or better yet, this world), Memphis has its share of problems.

However, from October to at least early May, basketball gives people in Memphis an escape from those problems or as one of my friends said, makes the city a much happier place to be in.

That's just like a person saying that they enjoyed the food at a party, but was upset that the party was held in a less desirable part of town.

Or in other words, just being a pitcher of cold water that is waiting to douse on someone.

Which brings us to our old friend, Mr. Jeff Duncan, "proud New Orleanian" and columnist for the New Orleans Times-Picaynue.

At the height of the witch hunt towards the Saints (I refuse to use that other term), Duncan wrote in one of his columns that the Saints got what it deserved as far as punishments were concerned. And while that may or may not be true (depending on who you talk to in New Orleans), writing a column about that was fine in 2012.

Writing a column and invoking that in 2014 is not.

On Friday, Mr. Duncan, in all his infinite wisdom, pointed to that witch hunt as the sign of the changing culture in the NFL that culminated with the drafting of Michael Sam by the St. Louis Rams.

That's right, what happened in 2012 correlated with a guy being selected in the seventh round of a draft two years later.

"The NFL is a much better league now. And it all reverts back to what happened in New Orleans two years ago," Duncan wrote Friday.

When Michael Sam was drafted on May 10th, it wasn't because of what happened (or didn't happen) with the Saints two years ago.

When the mess happened with the Dolphins during the 2013 season regarding Jonathan Martin and Richie Incognito, nothing that happened in New Orleans influenced what happened in Miami.

I understand Mr. Duncan is maybe butthurt about not getting a national job like Mike Triplett or what not, but if you have to constantly bring up the witch hunt of 2012, you're just grasping for straws.

Or just making a dead horse even deader.

This FanPost was written by a reader and member of Canal Street Chronicles. It does not necessarily reflect the views of CSC and its staff or editors.

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