Originally posted on The Saints Nation  |  Last updated 3/5/12
It's amazing how much optimism can be found around Who Dat Nation even on the heels of such troubling news. I'm getting numerous responses that "this isn't that big of a deal", "the media is blowing this out of proportion", and "Gregg Williams will get stiff penalties but the others won't". I think it's incredibly naive to think that way. My personal take: this is really bad Saints fans. The Saints are going to get hammered, and cut off at the knees because of this. Roger Goodell will make them pay by delivering, wait for it, a "remember me shot".The reality of this situation is the Saints got caught doing something against the rules at the absolute worst of times. The media is already saying the punishments will be severe and unprecedented. You've already been made fully aware of the NFL's heightened stance on player safety. The game has already been softened substantially to protect quarterbacks and defenseless receivers. The league also moved the kickoff point to the 35 yard line
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