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Posted by Tony Massarotti, Globe Staff  October 8, 2010 10:02 AM

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Tony's Top 5

Dumbest arguments in sports

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"It was an aggressive mistake." Maybe so. Or maybe it was a stupid mistake. Frequently, discretion is the better part of valor. Think a little.
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"There’s no I in team." Technically, this is true. But there is a (it)me(end). Lots of winning teams have had selfish players. You just can’t have too many of them.
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"They lack leadership." Good one. Generally, good players are leaders. If you don’t have enough leaders, it probably means you don’t have enough good players. Get it?
2
"Defense wins championships." Wrong. Defense keeps you in it. Balance wins championships. Someone made this up because no one likes to play defense.
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"He’s never won a title." Maybe this works in golf … or in tennis … or in bowling. How can we preach T-E-A-M and then blame individuals? Dumb.

Tony's Top 5

Favorite blog entries

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The final chapter on Teixeira and How Red Sox pitchers work the strike zone Jan. 7, 2009 and July 17, 2009. Some actual reporting – an obsession with Mark Teixeira and the art of pitching.
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For 2011 Red Sox, there was plenty of blame to go around Oct. 1, 2011. The disgraceful collapse of the Red Sox stoked the fire in all of us.
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Behind Garnett and James, Celtics and Heat are digging in June 4, 2012. Improbably, the Celtics pushed the Heat to the limit.
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Thrill is back for Patriots Jan. 30, 2012. Another Super Bowl has even Bill Belichick musing.
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You’ve got to believe June 15, 2011. On the morning of Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals, we all had reason to believe.
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Tony Massarotti is a Globe sportswriter and has been writing about sports in Boston for the last 19 years. A lifelong Bostonian, Massarotti graduated from Waltham High School and Tufts University. He was voted the Massachusetts Sportswriter of the Year by his peers in 2000 and 2008 and has been a finalist for the award on several other occasions. This blog won a 2008 EPpy award for "Best Sports Blog".

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