Thursday, October 13, 2011
A Short NFL Rant
So the Giants safety Kenny Philips just got smacked with a $20,000 fine for hitting a "denfenseless" receiver, in this case the Seahawks TE Zach Miller. In other words, he was punished for doing his fucking job. This is becoming a disturbing trend in the NFL.
My late father, one of the biggest diehard Giants fans you could ever meet, often said, "Football is a hard-hitting contact sport. If they're going to make too many rules, they should just put a fucking dress on everybody and forget about it." And ya know, I agree.
I'm all for penalties when a defender picks up a QB and throws him to the ground head first, or someone gets hit out of bounds or someone starts punching the shit out of an opposing player he doesn't like. All that falls into the unsportsmanlike realm. But I'm tired of seeing guys get hit in the wallet for DEFENDING, the job they're actually being paid to do. "Leading with the helmet", WTF? Defenders have been leading with the helmet (or head!) since this great game began! It's not a new thing and it never used to be an issue. Watch some film from back in the 60s or 70s, or even the early 80s. Guys played, guys got hurt. That was football. They knew what they were getting into and they didn't fucking whine about it.
I am also tired of longwinded penalties. I pine for the days of simple, one word utterances to convey a penalty situation. For instance, why is it necessary to say "neutral zone infraction" or "encroachment" or "unabated to the quarterback"? Who fucking cares? Just say "offsides" and be done with it. And don't get me started on the lengthy orations after a challenge. STFU! Spot the ball! Play!
Having replay after every single score is bullshit, too. It slows the game down and it's boring. Go to replay only if it's not clear the receiver had possession or if he was inbounds.
Kickoffs from the 35. *headdesk*
Oh and a "lifetime ban" should be exactly that. Not "you can come back when you've finished your stint in the pen and show sufficient false humility to impress the commssioner". Yeah, Michael Vick, I'm looking at you. Fucking pussy.
This is only a short list. I'm tired as hell and didn't want to be here all night. And the Giants game with Buffalo
is looking a bit scary right now. I really don't want to talk about that. I still haven't quite recovered from the
flukey humiliation dealt by the Seahawks last Sunday. That was all kinds of fucked up and I can't even blame Eli.
Anyway, I am SwearyGeek and I write about the Giants. Mostly. (And I know this is a lame first post. I'll do better in the future.)