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  • I Need a New Word To Describe Childish Behavior

    Hello all. As usual I come to you when I need help. After calling back-to-back games in which I have seen childish behavior that has cost teams games, I am looking for a better word to describe it. I called DeSean Jackson's behavior stupid after he tossed the ball to the defensive coordinator for the Giants nullifying a 50 yard gain. After the game I decided that "stupid" is too strong of a word. My plan is to not use it again, but I make no promises. The Lions had three separate incidents of childish behavior that may have cost the Lions the game against the Saints. I called those actions "silly" but that is clearly not strong enough. Somewhere between "stupid" and "silly" is the proper word for these types of actions, but I have yet to come up with it. Anybody have a thought? Childish is my latest word, but somehow I still feel like I can do better. Help!

    Comments 53 Comments
    1. Pruitt's Avatar
      "Immature?" "Boneheaded?" "Haynesworthian?"
    1. Polishguy00's Avatar
      TO-esque

      Frivolous

      Callow

      Unsophisticated

      Guileless

      Sophomoric

      Unrefined Football IQ
    1. Ragar's Avatar
      Definietly needed a McEnroe-nian for childish tantrums.
    1. Curtis's Avatar
      Daft
      Mad as a March hare
      toddler-like symptoms
      gormless
    1. Turk Schonert's Avatar
      Selfish is the best way to describe their actions, they obviously aren't thinking about anyone else but themselves.
    1. brauneyz's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Turk Schonert View Post
      Selfish is the best way to describe their actions, they obviously aren't thinking about anyone else but themselves.
      Wow, great minds thinking alike again ...

      As I read CC's piece, selfish is the word that immediately popped into my head, though I admit it doesn't have the catchiness of some others suggested. Undisciplined and self-absorbed also fit. Regardless, these boys need a time out. Do parents these days still put their kids in the corner?
    1. ScottDCP's Avatar
      Unfocused, infantile, idiotic, foolish, dumb, useless, counter-productive, infuriating, undisciplined, or moronic.

      Childish might be best.
    1. FrzzerBwler's Avatar
      Not sure if this would pass network mustard.

      "He sured fubarred on that play."
    1. buzmeg's Avatar
      From Roget's Thesaurus: "childish"

      Definition: immature, silly

      Synonyms: adolescent, baby, babyish, callow, childlike, foolish, frivolous, green, infantile, infantine, innocent, jejune, juvenile, kid stuff, naive, puerile, unsophisticated, young, youthful

      Notes: childlike refers to a person's temperament, whereas childish refers to a person's behavior

      My choice would be "infantile"
    1. vancemeek's Avatar
      I was thinking childish myself.
    1. NickMykita's Avatar
      Has anyone yet blamed Jim Schwartz as the reason these players are doing all these selfish actions? I think he's the one that created the bad boy culture for this team.
    1. vancemeek's Avatar
      However, sometimes, stupid is just called for.
    1. Ripperlicious's Avatar
      Each game day activated player is one of 46 "CEOs" of their respective company per team.

      In high school (I should say non-recruiting high schools), they'd be "stupid" plays. In the pros, they're more along the lines of "bad business decisions", because a pro's business is winning.

      Unprofessional conduct probably describes it best for me.
    1. Curtis's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Ripperlicious View Post
      Each game day activated player is one of 46 "CEOs" of their respective company per team.

      In high school (I should say non-recruiting high schools), they'd be "stupid" plays. In the pros, they're more along the lines of "bad business decisions", because a pro's business is winning.

      Unprofessional conduct probably describes it best for me.
      I agree with "unprofessional" conduct, which can be applied universally, regarding pro and amateur. Even blue collar and white collar.
      The CEO and bad bsuiness decisions is a bit over the top though.
    1. Curtis's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by NickMykita View Post
      Has anyone yet blamed Jim Schwartz as the reason these players are doing all these selfish actions? I think he's the one that created the bad boy culture for this team.
      It should start there. Schwartz is a hot-head and a boob. His team is reflecting that. Much like Rex and his Jets.
    1. Ripperlicious's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Curtis View Post
      The CEO and bad bsuiness decisions is a bit over the top though.
      Why, that's absolutely what they are. I don't mind the "selfishness" of each player, because it's their own business decision of weighing the potential costs of future physical liabilities vs. the compensation they receive.

      The key is to be "selfish" business entity AND a good teammate, which I believe you can acheive both. Peyton Manning is the gold standard for my example. It would increase your valuation to your employer, which gives you an incentive to be as "professional" as you can be.
    1. GoBigOrGoHome's Avatar
      Lionesque.
    1. buzmeg's Avatar
      No matter how many ways you try to slice it, it is still stupidity.

      To quote the all knowing Forrest Gump: "Stupid is as stupid does."
    1. wxwax's Avatar
      When searching for a description, I usually try to focus on the specific action, rather than going for a general category of behavior.

      Suh, for example, apparently has a lack of control over his emotions. He seems to have anger issues when he's playing. He doesn't know how to find the line between being hyped-up and over the top. I think it's going to be very hard for him to find it and still be an effective player. He's in a tough spot.

      DeSean Jackson's ball toss was showing-off, selfish, unprofessional and immature. He was focused more on himself than the team. Same reason he short-arms balls. His primary focus is on himself, not the team.
    1. StarvinMarvin's Avatar
      Undisciplined? As in somewhere along the line the coach needs to bench his a$$ for his lack of composure and teach him some discipline.