New Orleans Saints Bounty System: My Reaction

The New Orleans Saints are just playing football though the extra money, I guess that's just the team having fun.

After news broke last week that New Orleans Saints assistant coach Greg Williams was in charge of a Bounty Program which had a Bounty Pool of up to $50,000 in it, people began putting The Saints off as not too “Saintly.” Many began calling them “dirty,” “cheaters,” “embarrassments,” to the game, and other things along those lines.

However, I disagree with all of them. Personally, these bounties that were put out against quarterback’s Brett Favre and Kurt Warner (Which are just rumors) are a good thing. Now people would say do you honestly think that hurting another player or knocking him out of the game for money is a good thing? And my answer would be yes, that’s the NFL.

And I bet you that at least a handful of those people that are outraging against the Saints and saying “how dare they!” are the same people that sat in those stands or sat at home and cheered as Dallas Cowboys Michael Irvin laid there on the field helplessly.

Irvin called it a “Bounty Bowl” when they played the Eagles, but did anyone put a stop to that? No, they didn’t and everyone continued on as if nothing happened because it’s football.

So let me ask you a question, do you honestly think that Chicago Bears linebacker Dick Butkus didn’t want to hurt anyone? What about Detroit Lions corner-back, Dick “Night Train” Lane? Or four time Super Bowl Champion linebacker, Bill Romanowski? The answer was yes, they didn’t care.

“I felt I could take myself to a place where other guys weren’t willing to go because come Sunday after a game, I already started hating the next opponent. I started hating the guy I was going to go against,” says Romanowski. “I hated the coaches. I hated their fans. I hated their family. You name it. And by the time I got onto that field come Sunday, watch out because there was rage.”

Romanowski was known as the NFL’s “hit man” as every tackle that he made he was going for a knockout.

You heard him he hated his opponent and in a game of hard hitting and a ton of contact can you really blame him? So players are putting out bounties on players, so what. I can guarantee you that if you went in a locker room with Butkus, Lane, Romanowski, or anyone of the great defensive players to play in the NFL that they would be doing the same thing. The only difference is they wouldn’t do it for money; they would do it because they wanted too.

And that’s the only real concern that I have with this bounty system is, is that players should not have to be bribed by money to go out and hurt someone, knock someone out, or tackle them, they should just want to do it.

With that being said, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell don’t suspend or fine these players and coaches for wanting to play the game of football. Suspend or fine them for cheating the game of football and what I mean by cheating, is the extra money that they put on the table to hurt or knockout the opposing players also known as football.

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Will The Madden Curse Strike Again This Year?

What will it be this year? Or will it be nothing?

Its official Peyton Hillis, running back of the Cleveland Browns will be this year’s cover boy for EA Sports Madden 12. A great honor that comes with one very horrific perk; known to most as the “Madden Curse.”

The Madden Curse usually consists of an injury which may last a few games and then go away or may turn into a season ending injury. However sometimes it doesn’t end there as that injury may turn into another injury the next season or maybe even a career ending injury.

Though last years cover boy Drew Brees, quarterback of the New Orleans Saints survived the Madden Curse but still managed to get injured. Though it wasn’t as severe, Brees played with a low grade MCL sprain for most of the season.

Does that mean that the curse that petrifies players and ruins team’s seasons is finally over? Or was the curse just taking a break? Who knows?  In the meantime let’s have a quick history lesson.

2011, Drew Brees: Brees played in every single game, however played with a low grade MCL sprain, then they were upset by the Seattle Seahawks in the playoffs.

2010, Troy Polamalu/Larry Fitzgerald: Polamalu only played five games due to reoccurring knee injuries, Steelers go 9-7 and just miss the playoffs. As for Fitzgerald, he wasn’t affected much, 97 receptions, 1,092 yards, 13 TD, and made the Pro Bowl.

2009, Brett Favre: Comes out of retirement, fights with the Packers management, then traded to the Jets, starts off hot but then goes horrible down the stretch as the Jets lost 4 of last 5 games.

2008, Vince Young: Missed 1 game with quad injury; led the Titans to their first playoff appearance in four years.

2007, Shaun Alexander: Fractures his foot then goes onto miss six games; less yards and Touchdowns in 2006 and 2007 then what he had the previous seasons in 2004 and 2005.

2006, Donovan McNabb: Gets a sports hernia in the first game of the season, goes onto miss seven games; fights with Terrell Owens all year long; then after making it to five straight pro bowls, McNabb not only misses it that year, but hasn’t been to one since.

2005, Ray Lewis: Breaks his wrist, however only misses one game; has his first season without an interception; misses 10 games next year with thigh injury.

2004, Michael Vick: Fractured his fibula one day after Madden was released, he would miss 11 games; Pro Bowl next 2 seasons; then had off the field issues and was sent to jail.

2003, Marshall Faulk: Hurts his ankle and misses two games, and never rushed for 1,000 yards again.

2002, Daunte Culpepper: 4-7 record to start the season then injures his knee ending his season.

2001, Eddie George: Has a career season, but then in the playoffs he fumbles as top-seeded Titans lost in the first round to the Ravens.

2000, Barry Sanders: Retired one week before training camp.

So what will the curse be this year? A bad season for the Cleveland Browns? (Not like they haven’t had that happen before). An injury? Could happen, but how long would it last? How serious would it be? All questions, that will eventually be answered whenever wherever by the glorious, famous, Madden Curse.

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Jacksonville AFL Fan Grabs Player And Stops A Kickoff Return

Never before would I have thought that a fan could punch a super bowl ticket for a team.

C.J. Johnson of the Georgia Force waited for the ball to drop into his hands from the kickoff. Johnson caught the ball then caught two arms wrapped around him. Though it wasn’t a player, it was a fan. A Jacksonville Sharks fan grabbed Johnson and then held him back against the wall so that Johnson couldn’t move. The play was blown dead and the Sharks were penalized.

Sharks players then gave the fan high fives and praised him. The fans were on their feet cheering and clapping, it was a super bowl feel coming from an arena football play. As for the fan he would later be ejected but it was all worth it.

This Sharks fan now has a story that he can take home that’s worth more then a souvenir, a foul ball, or bag of cotton candy. This fan took down a player and got away with way. He didn’t have to run across the field and steal the ball from Brett Favre. Or run on the field and get slammed down by James Harrison. Or he didn’t have to call out Ron Artest and start a brawl. No this fan will not be known as Steve Bartman or the Idiot or the knuckle head or that drunk guy from 4c, no he’ll be know as the greatest fan ever who single handily stopped a kick off and got away with it.

Call it Drew League, call it WWE, or call it unacceptable but what this fan did was just plain awesome. He put Arena Football back on the map. I don’t know about you but I one barely even knew that there was an Arena Football season going on right now but I had no idea that the Arena Bowl was this Friday. So congratulations Jacksonville Sharks fan you brought the Seattle Seahawks 12th man to life. Not only does this fan deserve a couple high fives from the players and a couple things of the wave from the fans, but he deserve another sideline seat to this Friday’s Arena Bowl and maybe even a spot on their team. So congrats Sharks Fan rest up you have a big game ahead of you on Friday.

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