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.

2 thoughts on “There are bounties in all professional sports

  1. I’ve thought and talked about this a lot. There is a line, but where exactly is it? Football is a contact sport with hard hits. Good players are the ones who hit hard. And good players are coveted and are payed more. When learning about the Saints (for example, listening to the Gregg Williams tape), it’s clear to me that they crossed the line. But I still can’t pinpoint where exactly that line was. And it’s important to realize that the Saints got caught, but how many NFL teams are doing it? Another thing I’ve thought about, and you brought this out well, is how does this work in other sports. In hockey, players can fight. In baseball, pitchers can throw at a batter for over-celebrating a homerun. And I’ve never found any of that unacceptable. It’s part of each game. So should we just accept the fact that in football, the defense is trying to hurt the offense. Because that’s basically right. So after all of it, I don’t even know what to think. The bottom line is that the Saints’ scandal looked bad in the media, so the NFL had to extend discipline. That’s basically it, and we can move on.

    • We aren’t going to be able to prove anyone truly guilty unless they come out and say, “I hit that guy for money,” which, if they’re smart, they will never say. So, you’re right. The line is impossible to draw.

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