The “Tom Brady Rule?!?!” Come on NFL…you might as well put Pampers on these guys. Quarterbacks are real people too you know! Yes, they’re considered more “delicate” than all the other NFL position players, but with these bogus set of protection rules, you might as well have a Mississippi count to come and Two-Hand-Touch the quarterback instead of tackle him. Goodness knows, we wouldn’t want anything to happen to our precious quarterbacks…and by precious quarterbacks I mean delicate flowers (pansies perhaps ?!?!?). Instead of babying them, tell the guys behind center to grow some hutzvah and take a hit like a man . Why? BECAUSE EVERYBODY ELSE ON THE FIELD DOES!
Yesterday, the NFL enacted (among four others) a new rule that will penalize defensive players for tackling the quarterback from the ground. In other words, if a pass rusher gets knocked to the group, he cannot “lunge” at the quarterback from that position. He basically hast to get back up and then tackle the QB.
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Does anyone else think that this rule is way over the top? I mean, come on now. If Tom Brady, NFL’s American Idol and Playboy, wouldnt’ve been the one to get his knee torn to shreds, do you think the NFL would’ve cared? Heck no. If Jason Campbell or David Garrard or even Kerry Collins would’ve dealt with the same thing and been sidelined for the entire 2008 season, the NFL wouldn’t have even blinked an eye. That’s the sad part….popularity bias. Because everything is about money these days, the NFL can’t stand to be without their primetime players and moneymakers on the field. No superstars? That means no extra generated profit from tickets sold simply to see those megastars and not the home team. Sooner or later, any eye contact with or gestures made at the QB, including glaring or barking, will be penalized. It’s turning into PowderPuff out there…
Furthermore, is the NFL really trying to take everything away from the game nowadays? First Touchdown celebrations now tackling the quarterback…come on NFL, you’re losing entertainment value! Who didn’t enjoy Joe Horn, Chad Johnson, and T.O.’s antics in the end zone after a long TD catch?
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If you didn’t, you either are lying or have absolutely no sense of humor. Sharpees, Pom-Poms, 40 Yard Dashes, and Cell Phones? Ridiculously entertaining and none in which mocked the opponent. What’s wrong with that? Nothing in my book; it’s just good ‘ole fashioned fun on the gridiron. If the NFL is trying to turn people and players off, they’re doing a good job. What’s next? No contact on the defensive or offensive line? No plays longer than 40 yards allowed? No overtime, only ties? All insane and unnecessary, but unfortunately not out of the realm of possibility apparently for the NFL Rules Committee. In the words of the Sandlot’s Great Hambino, Hey NFL Rules Committee: “You’re killin’ me smalls!”