Posted August 29, 2013

TWO days ago I wrote "DEATH BY 1,000 CUTS" ( ). 

Already (sooner than I expected) the first glove has been dropped, by Vikings star DE Jared Allen, as he sounded off on the dirty hit that his teammate suffered in a preseason game last weekend. In the article he makes mention of the rules that tip contact in favor of offensive players at the expense of defensive players. 

Particularly upsetting to him was the fact that the NFL bailed on calling a dirty hit a dirty hit. And it was PLAINLY a dirty hit. Even in street fighting, many fathers (me included) teach their sons not to "sneak" a guy, or hit an opponent when his back is turned. That hit was almost as far outside the concept of sportsmanship as you can get. 

Worse than that hit itself, was the NFL's re-action to it. Instead of eliminating dirty play wherever it is, they showed they'll turn a blind eye when it's perpetrated by an offensive player. This sends the signal that defensive players have no advocate. That they are on their own out there.


This also proves that Roger Goodell has no clue what type of men that make up his league. The man who would be the "Crusader for Safety", is about to preside over one of the most horrifically violent periods in the history of the sport.

Football players are not the sort of men to take an assault lying down. Jared Allen has already made it clear that he is willing to part with cash to speak out against what he sees as an injustice. Do you think he'd not risk money to protect himself? This man who has made a reputation and millions of dollars being an Alpha-male. This avid hunter of both man and animal. Do you for a moment believe he would not commit money to a sport where he has already committed his body?

Do you believe it would stop at him alone?

The NFL used to be a more brutal league, but most of it was sanctioned by rules which players stayed well within. But if NFL players start to go off the reservation; if things devolve into a cesspool of score settling; if NFL players go the way that NBA players went for a while a few years ago, when there seemed to be at least one major brawl a month; if these things happen in a sport with THIS MUCH sanctioned aggression, you WILL see players begin to lose their lives on the field, and you WILL see players leaving the field in cuffs.

The playing field MUST be made level.

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