by Adam Gretz
Every Friday the National Football League announces which acts of violence/celebration from the previous week will result in a fine. Some of them border on the ridiculous, some of themare ridiculous, and some of them are so stupid that the players on the receiving end have absolutely no idea why they are getting fined.
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Today is a perfect example. First, we received word that Giants defensive end Justin Tuck was fined $7,500 for his hit on Brooks Bollinger. Pay no attention to the fact Bollinger makes the play appear 1,000 times worse by thinking he was Brett Favre and attempting to jump into the air as he released the ball, just as Tuck was trying to do his job and sack him. The call the ref makes on the field: "Tackling the quarterback with his full body weight."
Perhaps this Sunday when Tuck goes for a sack, instead of using his full body weight, he should gently cuddle the quarterback to the ground, while placing a series of pillows on the grass to soften the tackle.
If that wasn't bad enough, Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley was given a $10,000 fine for, literally, sacking Redskins quarterback Jason Campbell. That's his job! That's why the Steelers pay him. Defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau spends long hours thinking up new and creative ways to put him into a position to put the quarterback on the ground.
Naturally, all of these fines and penalties handed out to guys for simply playing football have started to annoy quite a few defenders. Troy Polamalu, if you'll recall, thinks Roger Goodell and his crew of punishment are turning the game into a pansy game.
Mike Pereira Doesn't Like It When Players Criticize Officials for Being Idiots originally appeared on NFL FanHouse on Fri, 07 Nov 2008 16:05:00 EST . Please see our terms for use of feeds.