About that NFL bounty system
My dad could care less about football. He’s watched more games than I’ve watched opera performances (like me, he’s never been to the opera), but only slightly more. Still, I grew up to be a passionate Packer and Badger football fan. My wife and I have fond memories of attending Bucky’s first Rose Bowl victory.
Anyway, I was so busy running candidates for local office past the Gazette Editorial Board on Wednesday that I hadn’t heard about the fines the National Football League was dropping on those involved in a bounty system that targeted key opposing players for injury.
Before I’d caught up on the NFL news, Dad emailed me, claiming confusion.
“I don’t understand the big controversy regarding injuring players on the opposing team. Isn’t that the name of the game, to injure opposing players so they are out of the game? I thought that was what football was all about?”
I think Dad was only half being facetious. As any fan will tell you, some thugs in the league (anyone recall last season’s actions of a certain Detroit Lions defensive lineman?) would answer a resounding “Yes!” But Wednesday’s fines and suspensions suggest just the opposite.
Were you surprised by the NFL’s actions Wednesday? Were the fines and suspensions appropriate or too extreme given the violent nature of the sport and the personalities it often attracts?