Blake Griffin on why post-game interviews are stupid

I owe this one to Barstool Sports. I love their content versatility, and this is one of many. Their piece on the stupidity of post-game interviews is funny and right-on. I will explain.


Blake Griffin is a personality with a Capital "P". Interviewing an athlete that has just worked out for two hours is a lost cause. Blake is right. It is stupid. So much of the blood nourishing the brain needs to go to the muscles being worked during exercise, and athletes (or Personal Training clients in my case), get stupid.

My clients need close attention after the first-half of the session is over. They forget my name after working with me for decades. They butcher the exercise. My clients tell me they stay with me so the workouts become mindless - and do they ever. I joke with them all the time. "Okay, too much blood has left the brain. Let's try it again." But it's true. That's literally what happens.


What was meant as humor works very well as such, but there is much truth in it. When the brain is deprived of some of its blood supply, or oxygen specifically if too much alcohol has been imbibed, we become stupid. It is very analogous to, "Hey, let's go interview the drunk." So give the players some leeway if their post-game ramblings are slow and somewhat dim-witted. There is a biological reason for that. What excuse can the media folks use?

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https://www.barstoolsports.com/barstoolu/blake-griffin-hilariously-explains-to-jimmy-fallon-how-stupid-postgame-interviews-are






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  1. Brain dead after being on the court for 30-35 minutes, with timeouts and commercial breaks? When the Persians first invaded Greece, the Athenians sent the runner Pheidippides to ask for help from Sparta, which was 95 miles away. He arrived there the next day, and then ran back to Athens on the next one. When he returned, however, he was immediately sent to join all the other able bodied men to fight on the plain of Marathon. Legend has it he was wounded in the battle, which started before dawn when the Athenians ran a full mile in a running surprise attack, and lasted until midday. He was asked to run the 25 miles to Athens anyway to announce the victory and warn about possible Persian ships coming to counterattack the city. He relayed the message and dropped dead. I understand it that he was unable to be interviewed, but not a guy who plays 35 minutes and gets a 7 or 8 figure salary for doing so.

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    1. I think Greeks have a ton of stamina. I do remember that story from way back.

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    2. A little over a hundred years ago, pitchers sometimes threw both games of doubleheaders. Don't think any were Greek back then. And they did not make the money of today's NBA stars, nowhere near it, even accounting for the roughly 100 to 1 inflation. And 50 years ago, didn't Bill Russell play close to 48 minutes a game in his last, victorious playoff series, while coaching, yet? And we're worried about players being too drained to give interviews after showering?

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