I think it’s funny that sooo many talking heads are up in arms over the New Orleans Saints having bounties on opposing players the last three years.. They think it’s like the worst thing in sports.
Here’s a memo to those talking heads: IT’S FOOTBALL!
Football is a violent game. Football is a game where you see big hits – lots of them. Some of those hits are quite vicious (see Steelers-Ravens, Giants-Cowboys, and Patriots-Jets).
Sure bounties are against the rules, but guess what – it happens EVERYWHERE. Remember when word got out that the Ravens had bounties on Hines Ward and Rashard Mendenhall a few years ago during a Monday Night game? Anyone remember the “Bounty Bowl” in 1989?
Everyone is doing it folks. It’s just that the Saints were the ones who got caught.
If those talking heads do not want to see bounties in sports, take up badminton. Talk about making a mountain out of a God-dang mole hill…
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I think it’s pretty ironic that the NFL has developped a culture of “winning is everything,” yet this is unacceptable to them.
I get where you’re coming from but I think it’s still going to be real interesting to see what the NFL does about this because I think they have the opportunity to really make their point about player safety. With regards to the bounties themselves I think it’s absolutely horrible that this is necessary in a league that is based on violence. But with that being said we know this isn’t the first and probably won’t be the last instance of the bounty program. The Saints and Gregg Williams and the rest have done a terrible thing and should be punished. It’ll be crazy to see how this affects their reputation and how this punishment as well as the public ramifications compare to that of Spygate. Also, you think you could take a look at my blog cuz I’d love to know what you have to say http://chrisross91.wordpress.com/2012/03/03/saints-bounty-scandal-overblown/
Who cares it’s football. They get paid to hurt each other already.
Way to attract the attention of the IRS, Saints!
There’s no problem with players congratulating each other with prizes for good plays like interceptions, tackles for loss, sacks, etc. It’s good for morale and friendly wagers’ just seem to be in competitive athletes DNA.
However, the line is crossed when you reward illegal plays or causing injury. That’s not what sportsmanship is about.
The Saints are in all kinds of legal trouble:
And if the NFL doesn’t crack down hard, then they’ll be in legal trouble too, for condoning what the Saints did.