Dez Bryant: yet another reason why perception is simply a lazy and false view of reality

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He is who he is and exuberant passion for the game allows Dez Bryant to do this.

I gotta let y’all have it. Y’all crazy. Like really really muy loco mang. Haven’t you learned yet to use your minds outside of how you’ve been conditioned to react? Because of the perception of Dez Bryant, many slammed him as if he committed some sort of heinous act on the Cowboys sideline. His reaction was all about passion and inspiring his team to victory. If you noticed the body language of his teammates, you would have understood his “outburst” was absolutely no cause for concern. That all types of punditry were critical of Dez Bryant when the game of football is as emotional as it gets, shows most know nothing about the sport of…nor do they care for you to know. It’s all about entertainment now and game analysis has little to do with the actual games themselves. So…

Are you going to do this again? Are you going to kick an athlete, poke an athlete…emasculate a Black (don’t give me that BS this isn’t a Black thing either) athlete simply because he is on the cusp of greatness and there’s nothing you can do about it? Because the information funneled to your ears, eyes and mouths is constructed in a way simply to garner page views and exacerbate the unfortunate continuance of a distracting perception through a contrived aim of creating a contentious discussion, you do realize you have a choice not to fall for the banana in the tailpipe trick right? Just like so many others, when the athlete you’ve consistently excoriated shoots off into some sickdiculous career arc and becomes a historical standard at his position (yeah it can most definitely happen with Bryant), will the silent crickets become your face, and will you also show the falseness behind your eyes disguising the blind follower mind of the worst kind? Why are you comfortable with the pristine perception of some athletes and not cool with the false narrative of others? Trust, in a lot of cases, the athletes you consider good are straight assholes. If you notice, with some athletes, what becomes the perception of them has nothing to do with their play on the field. Now that we know the perception of what actually went down on the sideline is totally wrong, where are the mea culpas? Is there an app for that?

Instead of apologizing for your BS (dude, what does Bryant’s past have to do with what went down on the sideline even if he was screaming on Romo?), you will cowardly begin to heap praise on the very athlete you hated…and quiet as kept, still hate, as fake praise suddenly becomes the apprehensive narrative of the day because he’s showed and proved everything you say of him untrue. Why can’t you just one damn time, shut the hell up and let a legend become legendary without the delaying and surely fanatical antagonistic ubiquity? If it ain’t Cam Newton, it’s Dez Bryant. If it’s not LeBron James it’s Yasiel Puig. All will be great for time regardless if you shoot them with Lilliputian barbs merely to feel better about yourself or not on their way up the ladder. Just chill. Go grab a beer, eat some wings or spend time with your girl. They aren’t better than you just as you aren’t better than them. Another one of these trips is really not fresh and that we are doing this again says more about how you want to be entertained than the actual player you seek to objectify.

Think about how the Cowboys are marketed. Think about your perception of their success, and think about the reality of that success. Jerry Jones doesn’t need to trot out a Super Bowl contender (don’t read this as not wanting to win) because you will watch anyway and Sunday the obviousness of that fact was on full display. Jerry Jones knows what he has in Dez Bryant and that he publicly stated he absolutely was not concerned with what went down is telling. Dez Bryant is a big reason why so many watch the Cowboys. He’s big, strong, quick and has an amazing ability to score six. He is also what some perceive a consummate train wreck despite all commonsense saying otherwise. Everything that has been a part of his life is why he is starring in the NFL right now. His makeup and everything that comes with it might be overbearing to some because of their own insecurities, but when it’s all said and done, his numbers and highlight reel will surely speak to securing his own legacy. Now, he wants that talent to translate into team success as soon as possible. It’s all about how his developing talent can potentially help the team win now. What Cowboys fans should be more concerned of is Dez Bryant having only three catches in the same game Calvin Johnson scorched the earth. It’s cool to fight fire with fire or is someone envious of Dez Bryant’s talent and doesn’t want him to get all the glory after proclaiming his star is as bright as Megatron’s? Three catches (two for touchdowns) and targeted just six times is unacceptable in any game Dez Bryant is a part of with the obvious exception of a blowout victory where his skills aren’t needed.

The Dallas Cowboys are a sports institution and very few teams in any sport outsell them in merchandise. It’s an honor to play for such a franchise because Cowboys history is rich with everything needed to win multiple Super Bowls. With all of that responsibility also comes a pressure to win and honestly success has been fleeting since Larry Allen was hypothetically benching trucks. For whatever reason, the Cowboys have become a caricature of Tom Landry past class and the player most resembling the hammer to break away from this period of mediocrity, is the same player slammed for something that he’s not. If Dez Bryant makes you uncomfortable because he is passionate about exacting a physical and mental preparation needed to become one of the best, that is your fault. Juxtaposing his talent with that of Megatron is genius because at least you know his head is in the right place and he wants to become an all time great. Wanting what is successful inside of the team dynamic builds a legacy because the totality of growth is apparent. That some choose to be clandestine in achieving goals is none of Bryant’s business and neither is his preparation their business…or yours. NFL football is about everything going down before Sunday and your acting as if what happens on TV is disgusting despite having no sound to rely on, shows you don’t really give a damn about anything but fantasy points.

You are the emotional outburst you assumed of Dez Bryant and if you don’t believe so, check how you react during games when something doesn’t go your way.

This was easy to see. In almost all of these instances, all a writer has to do is sit back and let the screaming inhumane frustration fade and write what truly went down. It was incredible to watch social media of all forms during Bryant’s sideline exchanges, and what is more incredible is the same reaction wasn’t screamed on social media as well as media outlets (as loudly. read: Tom Brady) when any number of quarterbacks historically have cussed out their receivers and quarterback coaches in plain view of cameras and ear shot of NFL Film mics. Those are dismissed as putting players in their place, but the man who could be the next great Cowboys #88 is scrutinized undeservedly for something no one actually heard? Wow. Dez Bryant isn’t worthy of firing up his team because he isn’t a quarterback? Leadership comes in many forms outside of a team’s perceived leader.

Perception is not reality.

Dez Bryant wanting to compete with the greatness that is Calvin Johnson complements the team. It doesn’t take away anything because he’s expecting greatness of himself. If you see that as selfish, then you surely don’t recognize the measure of what competition truly is. Is sports still a competition or has it all become about the drama? Damn the latter. It’s not that he doesn’t take every game seriously. Professionals use anything to get up for games, and to think any other player doesn’t care about what his counterpart does on the field is absurdly naive.

(Thank you Ryan D.)

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That is the look of a burgeoning winner and nothing of anything failing.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with publicly articulating a goal and then seeking to achieve it in earnest. It proves you are focused on  greatness and nothing else. Dallas needs a fire starter and there is no other player offensively on Dallas’ team that has any passion for anything but upholding what they assume “The Star” represents, in my opinion. The star should be about winning Super Bowls and not putting on sideline airs so the paying public doesn’t criticize what should most definitely be criticized. This isn’t a beauty pageant and it honestly appears the Cowboys have become as soft as tissue paper. The only way to shake that up is to give the keys to Dez Bryant and watch him drive the franchise into a new reality not based on perception. It’s not that Tony Romo doesn’t have talent. He plays very well at times in spite of his coaching staff, but it’s time to move on and honestly, it might do Romo some good to get from under such a Jerry World glare. He seems jaded in a sense because of all the love and hate and if fans and press are protecting him sight unseen and hearing unheard as if he’s above criticism (Sunday), that’s a problem.

Yeah I’m going to play the comparison game…

Say Tony Romo was Cam Newton. Imagine the difference in that narrative. Imagine the difference in your perception if Dez Bryant was screaming on Cam. Newton’s leadership ability would be called into question and Hello Kitty references would suddenly resurface all across the land. To those saying Cam Newton isn’t Tony Romo, exactly how many playoff wins does Romo have more than Cam?

One.

Oh…

A complete change of culture needs to happen in Dallas and if fans of the Cowboys are smart, they’d hitch their wagon to the only horse on Dallas’ offense that has a clue about transferring astounding passion to winning performance.

Emotion is feared and if channeled correctly, it shoots you straight to glory because your focus is much more different than the actual game itself.

Vote Dez Bryant…

I alluded to distractions earlier right? Let me ask you something, if employees of any kind failed to achieve quarterly goals and ultimately failed just the same at the end of the fiscal year, how many heads would roll regardless of actual hands on accountability? How does Tony Romo still have a job and will he still be the Cowboys signal caller if Dallas fails to make the playoffs this season and actually win a game or two? How does this team operate with that one playoff win being a dubious distinction since 1996 and still expect to be taken seriously?

Instead, the distraction becomes Dez Bryant and his name is scraped in all colors of mud as if those speaking from the mud aren’t actually the mud itself.

I asked Kenny Masenda, Dallas fan and one of the dope writers over at The Sports Fan Journal what he would tell those critical of Dez Bryant. His response:

“Search the truth. Don’t be lazy. Don’t go with the obvious. You don’t have to be in a hurry to say I told you so. There’s no I told you so there. All of his teammates love him. Jason Witten won’t say a bad word about him. Tony Romo loves him to death. Dez is probably going to be one of the best things that happened to Tony Romo. People should quit waiting for Dez Bryant to fail man. Especially if you’re a Cowboys fan. Cowboys fans have a lot of damn nerve if they’re getting pissed off at Dez Bryant for what he did Sunday when we have been associated with mediocrity for the last 18 years. Those who are supposed to be objective, don’t jump on this man’s back because as we all know now, you’ll have to eat your words. Go apologize. I know you. You stepped through the LeBron hate through 2009…2010 and 2011. There were times when you stepped up and said what you have to say and there were times when you stepped back and you let the vultures do what they were going to do. You sat back and watched all the non-believers and blasphemers…you listened to them talk and waited. When it was time to eat crow, they backpedaled and never owned up to what they said previously. People just need to chill out. All this dude wants to do is win football games. All he cares about is winning.”

Word to @soulonice6

Interesting the good brotha Kenny mentioned how I viewed LeBron as he found his way. I tried to tell you then before this Heat dynasty, now many are wasting so much time and missing out on the developing star that is Dez Bryant as if he cannot possibly become one of the best as well.

What will be the story as his career peeks and those after him want to emulate the soul model that on the field currently is him?

From the looks of the 31-30 lost to the Lions, Cowboys and their fans need to focus on what should be the priority and that’s winning football games. Writers and NFL fans should as well.

Anything less would be uncivilized.”

 

Dez Bryant’s career numbers:

Receiving Stats
SEASON TEAM GP REC TGTS YDS AVG LNG TD FD FUM LST
2010
  • DAL
12 45 72 561 12.5 46 6 27 0 0
2011
  • DAL
15 63 103 928 14.7 50 9 48 1 1
2012
  • DAL
16 92 138 1,382 15.0 85 12 54 2 1
2013
  • DAL
8 45 77 641 14.2 79 8 37 1 1
Career 51 245 390 3,512 14.3 85 35

 

11 Responses to “Dez Bryant: yet another reason why perception is simply a lazy and false view of reality”

  1. michelle says:

    Good read!!! I totally agree. The lack of fair sports reporting is just another example of stay in your place negro…….Players like Cliff Lee throw at Sosa’s head and goes after Victorino in the dugout during the game and silence…Black athletes need to have a problem with the lack of people of color in the press room…..Many of the few members of the media who are black are purchased errand boys. I’m really sick of those rat, cowards. Bring back the 60’s when we were proud of who we are.. Stood up for each other and wouldn’t tolerate this disrespect…..It’s out of control!!!! ALI AND JIM BROWN WOULD NEVER TAKE THIS BS!!!!!

  2. DN says:

    Kapow… and yup!

  3. michelle says:

    I’s crazy…….Cashman telling A-Rod to shut the f up.. It’s open season on men of color….Hundreds of years of hell and it doesn’t stop…We are terribly letting down all the people of all races who died in the hopes we would be treated equal.

  4. michelle says:

    America is like the husband who keeps cheating on you but can’t understand why you can’t get over it…..NO EMPATHY JUST CONTINUED DECEPTION AND DISRESPECT…….WHEN YOU THINK HE’S STOPPED AND THINGS ARE GETTING BETTER HE DOES IT AGAIN…..

  5. michelle says:

    America is like the husband who keeps cheating on you but can’t understand why you can’t get over it…..NO EMPATHY JUST CONTINUED DECEPTION AND DISRESPECT…….WHEN YOU THINK HE’S STOPPED AND THINGS ARE GETTING BETTER HE DOES IT AGAIN…..

  6. michelle says:

    I SHOULD SAY……HE DOESN’T CARE IF YOU GET OVER IT….HE JUST WANTS YOU TO SHUT UP ABOUT IT……YEAH THAT’S AMERICA..

  7. Thanks ladies. Expect one of these a week. The gloves are off.

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  9. CAvard says:

    Money quote for me: “Instead of apologizing for your BS (dude, what does Bryant’s past have to do with what went down on the sideline even if he was screaming on Romo?), you will cowardly begin to heap praise on the very athlete you hated…and quiet as kept, still hate, as fake praise suddenly becomes the apprehensive narrative of the day because he’s showed and proved everything you say of him untrue. Why can’t you just one damn time, shut the hell up and let a legend become legendary without the delaying and surely fanatical antagonistic ubiquity? If it ain’t Cam Newton, it’s Dez Bryant. If it’s not LeBron James it’s Yasiel Puig. All will be great for time regardless if you shoot them with Lilliputian barbs merely to feel better about yourself or not on their way up the ladder. Just chill.”

    I could highlight a lot more, but that’s my fav. Thanks, Mike.

  10. cdf says:

    I’ve essentially tuned out and mostly unplugged from the MSM in most things, especially sports. Too sensationalist and spotty…:/

  11. Miranda says:

    I was watching the game at the time and when the cameras first went to the sidelines to capture Dez, the commentators immediately started bashing him. My first thought was “how do they know what’s being said?”………they never hesitated once, there was absolute conviction in their voices that Dez was being a “cancer”…a “distraction.” There was not one ounce of giving the benefit of the doubt that I have routinely seen given to others. It was sickening.