Monthly Archives: October 2008
Santonio Holmes was arrested for possession of marijuana yesterday October 23, 2008.
“PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Santonio Holmes will be charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession after a traffic stop in which police smelled burning marijuana and found marijuana-filled cigars in his car.”
- Source ESPN.com
According to sources, Santonio Holmes was not practicing Friday at the Steelers facility. Typical, Steelers policy is that if you don’t practice on Friday then you don’t play on Sunday. Consistent with this philosophy, Holmes was deactivated today for the game on Sunday. The Steelers hopes may be that by being prompt with their actions that there won’t be additional ramifications set by league commissioner Roger Goodell.
This is certainly disappointing not just to the Steelers franchise but the timing of this incident. The Steelers are approaching the “meat” of their schedule and start by facing the Super Bowl Champion New York Giants. The expectation was that the suspect Giants secondary would have trouble containing the Steelers wide receiver depth. Losing Holmes is significantly damaging to the Steelers passing game.
Look for Limas Sweed, the 2nd round pick from Texas to see significant playing time with Holmes absence. In fact, Sweed may be the wide-out in replacement of Holmes and Nate Washington will stay in the slot where he is most effective.
Troy Polamalu, the normally quiet All-Pro safety let his voice be heard when he openly criticized the NFL in its recent influx of unwarranted fines to teammates including fines to Hines Ward. Steelers players James Harrison, LaMarr Woodley, and Nate Washington have all received fines by the NFL in the past 2 games.
Troy Polamalu voiced his opinion when he said "I think regarding the evolution of football, it's becoming more and more flag football, two-hand touch," Polamalu said. "We've really lost the essence of what real American football is about. I think it's probably all about money. They're not really concerned about safety."
I agree with Polamalu that the NFL is overreacting on some of these fines and suspensions for illegal hits. Big hits is something that the NFL even promotes and makes money from. They fine the player which makes money for the NFL then the NFL consolidates these type of hits and sell them on DVD as highlight reels. Seems a little ironic to us. Seems like the NFL does care more about money than they do than the players as Mark Schlereth of ESPN indicates:
Troy Polamalu continues to say that ex-players such as Dick Butkus, Ronnie Lott, Jack Tatum wouldn't be able to play in today's NFL:
"When you see guys like Dick Butkus, the Ronnie Lotts, the Jack Tatums, these guys really went after people. Now, they couldn't survive in this type of game. They wouldn't have enough money. They'd be paying fines all the time and they'd be suspended for a year after they do it two games in a row. It's kind of ridiculous."
He's right, its a whole different game now than what it used to be. Now, some can say that the players in today's NFL are biggest and faster than ever before. It's true and proven, they're bigger, faster, and stronger. But you can also make the arguement that the equipment, medical procedures/medicine are better and more protective than ever before. Additionally, players such as QB's and WR's are protected in today's game.
However, a similar argument can be made for players in prior years of the NFL. In the past, the NFL players were much more aggressive. A linebacker could basically "clothesline" a receiver coming across the middle or actually "hit" a quarterback without being penalized. These actions were acceptable and the equipment wasn't nearly as advanced as it is now to protect players. These type of actions today results in a fine or suspention.
It seems like numerous people and media outlets agree with Polamalu's analysis of today's NFL. For more details on Polamalu's comments please refer to ESPN's article: