Posts Tagged ‘NFL’

Unfortunately, many times it does not. A couple of weeks ago, I plopped my ass down to watch some tv on a Saturday morning. As I was flipping thru the channels, I stumbled across an episode of Outside the Lines on ESPN. Normally, I really enjoy this show as it usually delves into a sports issue much like a newsmagazine show would.

On this particular Saturday, our boy Bob Ley of Outside the Lines was interviewing former QB for the Chicago Bears, Jim McMahon. If you don’t recall, Jim McMahon was the QB of the Super Bowl Champion Bears in 1985. Unfortunately for the Chicago Bears, he is probably the most talented QB they have had in 30 years. However, that is a whole another issue.

 

Wow, what a douche

Anyways, Jim McMahon was being interviewed because he played during an era in the NFL where concussions were not as carefully examined as they are now. He estimates that during his playing career, he received a number of concussions that went undiagnosed. Because of that negligence by the NFL (as he calls it), he is now suffering from memory loss, chronic headaches, and is losing the ability to walk. So what does he do about this? He, along with six other former players decide to sue the NFL because it is their fault. As he says “back then you just took an aspirin and went back out there.”

Oh ok Jim, I guess there were guns pointed to your head saying that if you didn’t go back out onto the field, the people holding those guns were going to shoot you. And those same guns were telling you that you should play football…..OR ELSE!  The other thing that our boy Jim said was that he wasn’t sure when he had a concussion or not. The trainer would just do the finger and eye test and if you cleared that, you were good to go. From personal experience, I know when I received a concussion. So, I am not quite sure what Jim is even talking about. When I received a concussion, I had instant memory loss of the entire event that had occurred, I had the worst headache of my life, and my eyes could not focus.

Why in our society, when something goes wrong in our lives, do we just immediately look for someone to blame? Why do we never, or seldom take responsibility for our actions? I am reminded of the woman who made millions by suing McDonald’s because she spilled hot coffee on herself. That was McDonald’s fault obviously because there was not a warning that the coffee was hot on the cup. It wasn’t her fault for spilling it on herself, just like it isn’t Jim’s fault that he decided to play a violent, hard hitting football game for his career. Of course it is the NFL’s fault. I mean they are the ones who strapped on his helmet, and made him go back out there time and after time. If you decide to play football, fine, but that doesn’t make you oblivious to the risks that you are exposing yourself too.

If you choose to participate in something, whether it is a job, a sport, a crime etc. Fine, but instead of pointing fingers, let’s look inward and notice that by choosing to participate, you also choose the risks that may be involved. If I choose to get a cup of coffee, I run the risk of spilling it on myself. It is not the cup nor the coffee company’s fault.

Unless you have been living under a rock these past few weeks, especially in the last couple of days,

you are aware the Gregg Williams is a bounty hunter. Well, not really a bounty hunter, but the dude has some issues.

If you don’t know the story, Gregg Williams, former defensive coordinator with the New Orleans Saints, Jacksonville Jaguars and Washington Redskins has gotten into a lot of trouble recently with the NFL. During his time with the Saints, (and probably other stops along the way) Williams would offer up cash to his defensive players, if they injured someone during a game. At first I thought eh who cares, this kind of thing probably happens all over the NFL.

I mean, it isn’t like these players are playing two hand touch.  What are you, as a defensive player trying to do when you rush the QB? In the end, you are probably trying to knock Rodgers, Manning or whoever else is back there out of the game.

However, recent news that has come out has changed my attitude. A new audio recording captured by documentary filmmaker, Sean Pamphillon details the chilling events by Williams before a playoff game between the Saints and the 49ers this past year. Among other things, Williams suggested that Michael Crabtree becomes human when you take out his ACL. Look, football is a dangerous game, it is a violent game, but this is a line that has been drawn way too far down. The NFL absolutely must do something about this, and clean it up.  

However, it is going to be extremely difficult to know where to draw that line. How does the NFL combat this, and not make it a game of two hand touch?