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2717 clicks; posted to Sports » on 19 Oct 2012 at 5:41 PM (5 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2012-10-19 06:44:17 PM  
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What difference does it make what the league was like a generation ago. Hey, they used to allow head-slaps, too. Guess that makes it OK today, because at one time it wasn't banned.

Saints fans continue to reach to justify something that ought never have happened in the NFL circa 2010. It would be amusing we're it not so pathetic. Football tu quoques. What's next, I know you are but what am I?
2012-10-19 01:54:19 PM  
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Aarontology: GAT_00: That is a really good point that quite honestly hadn't occurred to me.

It's a bounty without calling it a bounty. It's just not specific.

Having Vilma say "I''ll give ten grand to bulldoze Favre" isn't really all that different than saying "If you get 10 sacks, you get an extra half million"

GAT_00: Hush, the facts are unimportant. The poor Saints are the victims here, remember? Not the scumbags of the NFL.

For me, it's the bullshiat sanctimonious attitude the NFL is taking about the issue. I agree that the Saints should have been punished, but the reason they were so harsh is because Goodell wants to appear tough on player safety now that all those lawsuits are on the horizon. They claim to care about bounties, but allow them to be written into contracts.

That's why it's about "protecting the shield" and not "protecting the players"

You aren't going to find too many Saints fans who don't agree that Payton and Loomis should not have done more when they were warned the first time, but at no point had any team ever been disciplined for what we know had gone on in the League for many years without a problem. And, the problem the League did have was when money for such pay-for-performance schemes came from the team or other sources. At no time has the NFL ever had a problem with gifts or anything from one player to another. QB's buy the linemen dinner after a game without any sacks quite often. Troy Aikman used to buy Rolex watches for his entire O-line at the end of a good season. The NFL added the "intent to injure" angle and played it up after the fact. Note that Gregg Williams' own affidavit that the League is waving as evidence states payments were made only for good, clean, LEGAL hits. So, yes, Payton and Loomis should not have left the Saints vulnerable to the Commissioner's apparently arbitrary wrath, but the scope of the penalty seems way out of proportion.
2012-10-19 01:39:17 PM  
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If they were really concerned about bounties, they'd ban those incentives from contracts related to the number of sacks, tackles, etc.
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