bobalou Posts:5404 Followers:148
On 10/21/2012 01:30 PM in NFL

Two "What Were They Thinking" Stories.

Here are two stories that make me scratch my head and ask... What were they thinking..

#1 - This is just wrong if it's in fact the truth

After taking a 24-point lead against the Broncos last week, the Chargers couldn't stop turning the ball over after halftime to allow Denver to score 35 unanswered points and record the win. But the San Diego loss might be more costly than just a game in the standings.

According to Fox Sports' Jay Glazer, the league is investigating whether the Chargers used an illegal Stickum-like substance in last Monday's game.

The sticky substance has been banned for many years in the league because of the competitive disadvantage, and Glazer said on Fox NFL Sunday that the Chargers potentially are facing “very stiff sanctions.” That could mean a large fine, or depending on how many players might have used it -- or how many people knew about it -- a loss of draft picks.

Reportedly, during the game last week, a San Diego equipment manager ran onto the field during a timeout and handed out hand towels that held the clear-colored illegal substance.

The line judge saw it, and he tried to confiscate the material. The equipment manager refused, but eventually, officials made him empty his pockets, and that's when they allegedly discovered the substance

#2 - This one is just crazy... I don't think the coach meant any harm... he just wanted his players to play tough. But what do I know... I think the Saint's Shit is totally stupid. The NFL just want's to fine people and ruin the game of Football. (However I agree we need to protect our players but it's a rough sport)

Do you know what the Gator truck is?

I didn't. Not until this week, anyway, when the NFL's grammar police came calling after Jerry Gray, the Titans' defensive coordinator, made a reference to the vehicle used to cart an injured player off the field.

"You have to say, 'This is my territory between the numbers,' " Gray said, according to The Tennessean. "And if you throw the football, you better bring the Gator truck. And that's how you have to play. You can't play timid in the NFL."

That's the cue to get indignant. How can he say something like that given the concern about concussions and the emphasis on player safety? How can he reference the possibility of injury as a way to make opponents reluctant to throw down the middle?

It's football — that's why he says something like that.

And when the NFL announced it was looking into Gray's statement, it underscored the hypocrisy in the way that the league and the reporters who cover it are approaching injuries.

There was nothing Gray said this week that hasn't been uttered by football coaches for generations. He didn't advocate playing outside the rules in any way. He simply pointed to the possible consequence of throwing the ball down the middle of the field, referencing the kind of hits that coaches have encouraged and players have executed forever.

But you can't say that anymore. Not with the NFL being sued by thousands of former players, and head injuries becoming a public-health issue.

But here's the problem with governing the language that players and coaches use: It's about managing the image, not about addressing the reality of this sport.

You can't divorce the intent of hitting an opponent as hard as legally permitted from the logical outcome of doing so — which is an injury to that opponent.

Make no mistake, the desire to knock an opponent out of the game is a big part of the mindset of football players, and that sentiment that Gray expressed — don't come over the middle because you'll get clobbered — is the M.O. for any secondary worth its salt.

If that's a mindset that should be vilified, we should just come out and say it. That goes for the reporters who cover this league as well as the men who govern it.

If we've reached the point in professional football where hard, legal hits are condemned because they can result in injury, then the league would be better off stopping all these fines and start rewriting the most fundamental rules of the game and change it from tackle football.

Governing the way coaches and players talk about the game is at best disingenuous and at worst outright misleading. Not only does it fail to address any of the underlying issues, it seeks to hide them by creating an environment where there are things you just can't say.

Gray admitted as much to ESPN when he made a statement after his quote was published this week.

"If I could take that part of it back, I would," Gray said to ESPN's Ed Werder. "I don't want guys thinking about injuring people, and when you say 'Gator truck,' that's probably what comes up. I just want our guys to be tougher."

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yisman Posts:836 Followers:68
10/21/2012 02:39 PM

interesting about the Chargers, I hadn't heard that. Sounds like it could be a big story

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