Should the NFL suspend players for “illegal” hits?

October 22, 2010

James Harrison's hit on Browns receiver Mohamed Masaquoi was one of 3 illegal hits on Sunday that led the NFL to decide to begin imposing suspensions on players

This week the NFL imposed huge fines for 3 vicious hits that took place in Week 6 games on Sunday, and voiced its intent to begin suspending players for these types of hits in the future. In what has become an extremely controversial issue for players, coaches, and fans, the league decided to take a firm stance in an effort to defend the safety of its players.

While anyone who knows the nature of the game of football understands that it is an extremely dangerous game and that often times injuries cannot be prevented, I fully applaud the NFL for its actions. The types of injuries that result from these kind of illegal hits are ones that can be prevented, and should be even if it means suspending players for extended periods of time.

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Should NFL teams be forced to play starters after clinching playoff positioning?

January 7, 2010

 

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell must consider a rule change for teams resting their starters

 

As the 2009 NFL regular season has come to a close, and Wild Card playoff weekend approaches, the normal buzz of playoff anticipation and the firing of coaches is in the air. The end of the regular season has also brought with it talk of an important problem that needs to be fixed in the NFL. This season, talks of how the NFL should handle the problems caused by teams resting their starters in the last few weeks have come to the forefront.

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Bronx Bombers sweep Twinkies and move on to face Angels in ALCS

October 12, 2009
Mark Teixeira hit a Game 2 Walkoff Home Run and helped lead the Yankees to a ALDS sweep of the Twins

Mark Teixeira hit a Game 2 Walkoff Home Run and helped lead the Yankees to a ALDS sweep of the Twins

With Mariano River’s last pitch, which produced a weak groundball to Derek Jeter, it appeared as though no time had passed since the Yankees teams of the late 90s and early 2000s dominated postseason play and earned the opportunities to play deep into October. This groundball, which Derek Jeter threw over to Mark Teixeira at first, concluded a 4-1 Yankees win over the Twins on Sunday night, giving the Yankees a 3-0 ALDS series sweep over the feisty Twins.

NY Giants 2009 Pre Season Analysis

September 9, 2009
The Giants kick off the 2009 season on Sunday against the Washington Redskins

The Giants kick off the 2009 season on Sunday against the Washington Redskins

As opening week in the NFL approaches, one of the most anticipated weeks in all of sports, I thought it would be good to have some pre -week 1 analysis on the Giants and to detail the NFC East, usually the most competitive division in football.

More posts on the rest of the divisions in the league will follow.

As we all know, last year the Giants had an extremely disappointing season, losing as the 1 seed in the first round of the playoffs to hated rival the Philadelphia Eagles. The season was especially disappointing as the Giants had been defending superbowl champions and had started the season 11-1 before the massive turmoil unfolded and led to the team’s ultimate demise. It wasn’t just the 1st round loss itself; it was the way in which the team lost, as it looked like an extremely mediocre team, unlike the one that had charged to an 11-1 start while obliterating anyone in its path.

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Wenger Labels United Tactics “Anti-Football”

August 31, 2009
Haaaaave it

Haaaaave it

Just when we thought the feud was over Wenger reopens old wounds with some choice words for Sir Alex and his team.  Now, we all know the Frenchman likes absolutely loves to whinge, but this has to be some sort of joke:

“I have seen today a player who plays on the pitch only to make fouls.  For me, this is a point that is more urgent than diving. The players who are never punished. Who get out of the game without a yellow card. I think it is more anti-football than a player who did what Eduardo did.”

Wenger also went on to say:

“But I like the stance the English take towards diving. In some countries it is a quality to dive. I’m still more proud to be part of England where they fight against that.”

Some interesting comments from Mr. Wenger to say the least.  Let’s break them down.

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United Win; Arsenal and Arsene Lose It

August 29, 2009
Wenger being petulant

Wenger's petulance delights United fans

Another United v. Arsenal clash, another exciting, drama-filled afternoon.  After reaching the break 1-0 up, Arsenal broke down and gifted United the victory.  Arsenal had a late goal correctly disallowed, and Wenger got sent to the stands for kicking a water bottle.

I think all United fans would admit the side was outplayed today, however, they would also tell you that doesn’t really matter.  What matters is the result, and the team were able to get it.  That’s why we are defending Champions: We know how to win ugly and we know how to win when we’re not the best team on the day.

Now let’s have a look at the talking points.

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Arsenal Fail First Test

August 29, 2009

Same old Arsenal: Frustrating

Same old Arsenal: Frustrating

Time for a reality check.  After notching up 10 goals in their first two premier league games (first time in history) and destroying Celtic to qualify for the Champions’ League proper, people were high on Arsenal and Arsene Wenger’s ‘project’.  They were scoring goals for fun, and looked unstoppable, perhaps this would finally be the year?

It all sounded pretty good, but let me tell you what really happened.  First, Arsenal played a severely, severely depleted Everton side.  In addition, their rock at the back, Joleon Lescott, pleaded not to be picked for the match, as his move to City was imminent.  This was ignored, and Lescott rewarded his manager’s faith by not showing up.  Two of Arsenal’s 6 were gifts from set-pieces: Vermaelen and Gallas waltzed in and got free headers right down the middle.  Wait, isn’t that where Lescott plays?  But still, 6-1 is pretty good no matter the circumstances – I can give them that.  Then they went to Parkhead and were extremely lucky to come away with a 2-0 advantage.  An own goal and a deflection off Gallas’s arse (who was trying his best to move out of the way of the ball).  Flowing football.  Then they beat Pompey 4-1.  Pompey can barely field a team, so that was nothing to get too excited about.  The return leg of the Emirates was marred by Eduardo’s theatrics, which unfairly squashed Celtic’s chances of progressing.  I’m not trying to take anything away from them, but this is what happened, is it not?

United were Arsenal’s first test and they failed it.  The Gunners outplayed the hosts but they continue to show that they have yet to learn how to grind results out.  Playing pretty doesn’t win you the title.  It was the same old Arsenal (which isn’t necessarily a bad thing), so let’s hold off on the excitement for now, o.k?

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