From all the yellow hankies flying on every other play to teams bitching in the media over perceived dirty play, this softening of the National Football League has to stop – NOW.
Why has this gotten out of hand, you ask? Let me count the ways…
Exhibit A: The Atlanta Falcons
The Falcons bitched over the trash talk and dirty play of the Detroit Lions, namely Ndamukong Suh. The Falcons whined over what Suh allegedly said to their QB Matt Ryan when he went down (“Get the cart!”). Atlanta also thought that Suh was over-aggressive.
Are you serious? A team complaining about another team being over-aggressive and talking too much trash? REALLY???
Memo to the Falcons: this (spit) ain’t Monopoly (or as a friend once called it “Exemption” [inside joke]), it’s football! Hey Atlanta, if you had a big problem with Suh, try doing a better job blocking him!
The Falcons are officially the softest team in the league.
Exhibit B: the proliferation of “roughing the passer” penalties
The refs need to chill with those penalties. I mean, that call on Clay Matthews during the Packers-Vikings game last Sunday was especially horrific. I am seriously waiting for the day when the NFL will rule that the QBs do two things: dress in a pink jersey and wear a skirt. This is ri-goddamn-diculous.
Exhibit C: the numerous defensive pass interference penalties
Every time there is a pass play break-up – especially if it’s a long pass play – I find myself looking for a ref to throw the flag because it has been happening a lot this season. It’s as if a defender cannot come within a 10-yard radius of a receiver.
God, the NFL has gotten so soft. Before we know it, the NFL will rival the Lingerie Football League.
That said, I still love the hell out of it.