I remember back in 2007 when the NFL came down on the New England Patriots for the spygate issue. Yes, whether or not Patriot fans want to admit it, it was cheating. At the same time, whether or not fans of every other team wants to admit it, everyone else was doing it too.
The Patriots were made an example of by the entire NFL community. They used it as motivation to lay waste to the rest of the league on their way to the Super Bowl (which they did indeed lose).
Last year, the same was done to the New Orleans Saints.
Countless NFL veterans have come forward and talked about how there was some sort of “bounty” program everywhere they played throughout their career. It was a game within the game — a competition amongst teammates in the spirit of extra motivation. Quite simply, bounties are as old as football.
People don’t like to hear it and often forget it, but this game is about hitting people. Sure, you gotta score points to win games, but to do so, you have to knock a few people ...