Daily Archives: November 1, 2010
Thaddeus Gibson, the Pittsburgh Steelers up-and-comer 2010 4th round pick from Ohio State was claimed by the San Francisco 49ers. Gibson was showing a lot of promise but the Steelers had to release him prior to the New Orleans Saints game to make room for an additional defensive tackle due to the injuries to Brett Keisel and Aaron Smith.
Per ESPN reports, James Harrison is expected to be fined by the NFL for the questionable late hit against Drew Brees. Harrison hit Drew Brees in the back with the crown of his helmet shortly after Brees released the ball. At the time, the hit was borderline legal and again a judgment call. Harrison almost retired after his last fine. It will be interesting to see how Harrison reacts to this news.
As everyone now knows, the National Football League (NFL) commissioner, Roger Goodell is cracking down on helmet-to-helmet and “devastating hit”. As far as “devastating hits” go, I couldn’t begin to define what that means or how the NFL plans to categorize such hits.
I think everyone agrees they don’t like seeing plays getting carted off the field on stretchers. Likewise, no one would wish neurological damage.
With all that being said, the NFL are hypocrites by fining and possibly suspending players for unintentional hits. The NFL makes millions of dollars from these “illegal” hits. It will interesting to see who will be the first agent or player to sue the NFL for monetizing a hit that was classified as illegal by the league and fined the player. Here are just a few items where the NFL is cashing in:
1) A picture of James Harrison’s “illegal” hit being sold by an NFL vendor (Click link for details)
2) The “Moment of Impact” DVD. (Click link for details)
3) Fining the Players (Where does the money go???)
4) NFL Network (segments that glorify illegal hits)
5) ESPN (formerly the “Jacked Up” segments)
6) FOX / CBS / ESPN announcers & replays that glorifying these hits