Post-midnight thoughts 9.17.2017: Night Train Lane

A legendary footballer. Really just a baller. And an unrelated story about a really stupid professor. These are the things matt thinks about past midnight.

Night Train Lane

It’s football season again. I’ve been getting into that football mood – I’m reading everything about every team, I’m watching and re-watching Gifs of great plays from over the weekend, my day is ruined because I stop to pause for 3 hours watching the Tennessee-Florida game (what a finish huh?!), and I’m up late looking up facts about the late Night Train Lane.

This isn’t a train that you ride on tracks that go “choo! choo!” across the countryside. But he’ll hit like one, and take you for a ride – straight into the turf! Night. Night. Welcome to one of the most ferocious and feared footballers in American history.

Night Train Lane picks a pass off in a game (1952)

Richard Lane (April 16, 1928 – January 29, 2002), commonly known as Dick “Night Train” Lane, was an American football player who played cornerback for the Los Angeles Rams, Chicago Cardinals (now Arizona), and Detroit Lions, and Pro Football Hall of Famer (1974).

“MY OBJECT IS TO STOP THE GUY BEFORE HE GAINS ANOTHER INCH. I’M USUALLY DEALING WITH ENDS WHO ARE TRYING TO CATCH PASSES, AND IF I HIT THEM IN THE LEGS THEY MAY FALL FORWARD FOR A FIRST DOWN. THERE IS NOTHING I HATE WORSE THAN A FIRST DOWN.” – Dick “Night Train” Lane

At the end of 14 seasons, Night Train Lane had amassed 68 career INTs, 1207 return yards, 6 All-NFL selections of 7 Pro-Bowls to boot. But outside of numbers, Night Train Lane’s most iconic aspect is his tackling, the ferociousness, the sheer primal violence that exudes from the force of his hits. He absolutely loved to hit.

He’s compared to Dick Butkus, stalwart middle linebacker of the Chicago Bears nigh-impregnable defense. Night Train is actually the reason why the facemask tackle is a penalty. Night Train is actually the reason that the clothesline tackle is also illegal in the game.

But behind all that raw force, Night Train was also an extremely skilled cornerback and special teams player – some would say a complete package. Today, his style would be deemed crazy and VERY dangerous and risky (because it is!!!), but seeing his play today unleashes all kind of pent up testosterone rage that… I think this has gone off the rails.

WATCH:

#30: Dick “Night Train” Lane | The Top 100: NFL’s Greatest Players (2010) | NFL Films

And a highlight video:


Professor who tweeted about teaching “future dead cops” gets suspended (Story link)

Here’s the tweet:

Here’s his defense:

“Oh, that s—? Everybody dies,” Issacson said.

“I was talking about police as an agent of control that is actually in less control of the public than it’s supposed to be,” he said. “I don’t have a problem with individual police officers – I mean, I teach them – but I don’t like policing as an institution. Police officers are agents of that institution.”

I’ll leave it up to you to ultimately decide whether or not this guy is an idiot.

But this one gets me on multiple levels. First off, what a terrible tweet. Second off, this guy is one professor who got caught tweeting this kind of mess. I assume the ones who haven’t been suspended for borderline advocating violence against the police are smart enough to not tweet massively stupid things like this (imagine losing your job over attention whoring on Twitter – priorities!!!). But think about how many professors with this kind of thinking a) already exist and b) are entering academia.

This is absurdly irresponsible and falls in line with Antifa’s one-step-backward, two-steps-backward method of PR. It’s becoming clear that the kind of prejudice and hate coming from this end of the political spectrum is mirroring what they are fighting. And they don’t see it, they don’t have the self-awareness to see that they are becoming the very villains they face. I hope he enjoys the attention he’s getting, though.

I’d be afraid to send my kids to that college, considering whom they are okay with hiring. Which would bring me to another topic about why teachers are undervalued in this society but that’s for another night that I can’t find sleep. We shouldn’t stoop down to violence – we’re a civilized society, and we can make things work like civilized people.

Remember, love over hate.

matt’s favorite football players are the ones that work hard to achieve preternatural results in the game. Most of these hits from Night Train Lane’s highlights reels would be egregious penalties, and his all-or-bust style of play at CB would be curtailed severely. matt’s probably also said plenty of things on social media that would get him in trouble, so he relates a little. Follow matt’s creative outlet Twitter @brapachinensis

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