There are bounties in all professional sports

I hate to be the bearer of bad news to all those wholesome thinkers out there, but athletes in contact sports get paid to do horrible things.

A boxer gets paid to literally knock a person unconscious, a hockey player gets paid to smash another person’s body against glass and football players get paid to knock one another to the ground.

What is the difference between a hit meant to hurt and a hit meant to…well…hit?

The New Orleans Saints have gone a tad overboard what with having a ledger apparently commending players for “cart offs” and “whacks” in their bounty scandal. Didn’t they learn anything from “Casino” or “The Untouchables”? Never keep a book.

Nevertheless, is a safety or linebacker really thinking, while a play is developing, whether or not the tackle they are about to make is going to get them a “cart off” or a “whack”? These are split-second decisions and moves by NFL players, not mobsters planting a car bomb.

It’s sick to think that people would get paid for hurting other people, but what if that’s your job? Athletes do things the average person physically cannot do or mentally can’t stomach, so where do we draw the line between an athletic play and a play meant for pain?
The whole Saints scandal smells like it is going to go around in circles with pointed fingers and players saying, “Hey, it wasn’t me,” just as the steroids issue in MLB has played out.

So, let the long annoying games begin.

Players involved in the Saints scandal would be smart to follow their roided brethren and deny, deny, deny until proven guilty.

If proven guilty, and for some reason you believe you still have a chance at the Hall of Fame, see Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds for further instructions on how to lie in a court of law.

If you’re insane, speak another language and feel you have a chance to get in the Hall of Fame, see Sammy Sosa for further instructions on how to forget the English language. Bleach may be required for that transformation.

If you’d like to just own up to your mistake and move on with your life, see Andy Pettitte or Jason Giambi on how to just admit to doing something wrong.

Either way, I’m sitting this one out. I’ve seen this movie before.