Is Tanking Cool?

Adam Weber

Everybody Needs One, But Not This One

The Celtics did it.  They won an NBA title, almost won another, and got a nickname out of tanking so they could get a good ping pong ball and make the deal that brought KG to Boston.  I’d call that a smart business decision.

Other people might think of it as selling out.  However, since everyone is on the subject of tanking, let’s talk about it.

Somebody is going to get Andrew Luck, and he’s going to be great.  Why?  Because there’s a formula for making young quarterbacks work.  It’s not a 50/50 proposition like some people are saying.  It’s more like a 95/5 proposition.  Sure, Luck could be in the five percent of idiots who don’t get it, but the formula works.

Worked for Ryan, Flacco, Sanchez, Freeman, etc.  So, it should work for him too.

There are a few teams that don’t need him, but most teams, including the Colts, should take him if they have the first pick.  That means you might have to tank some games to get to where you want to go.  In my opinion, you have to do what you have to do.

I’m not saying you intentionally lose games, but if you just don’t put the whole package out there.  If you don’t let hurt starters play.  If you back off–I can understand that.

Andrew Luck is going to change a franchise for at least a decade.  Can’t you take a little losing for a decade of wonderfulness?  I know I could.

I like that the 49ers are good right now, but if they sucked I’d be ok, because that means they could get Luck.  It’s that simple.

I’m not shy about saying it.  I’m not saying people have to like it.  But you have to acknowledge that it would be wise in some circumstances.

Creative Commons License photo credit: Jeffrey Beall

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