This just in: NFL players deliberately attempt to injury each other. Maiming rival players is all in a day's work.
Take the case of San Francisco 49ers punt returner Kyle Williams. The New York Football Giants targeted him for extra abuse because they knew he was vulnerable.
“The thing is, we knew he had four concussions, so that was our biggest thing, was to take him outta the game,” Giants special teams member Jacquian Williams told reporters after the game.
Sure enough, Tyler Sash landed a crushing blow in kick coverage.
“We were just like, ‘We gotta put a hit on that guy,’” Giants coverage man Devin Thomas told the Newark Star-Ledger. “Sash did a great job hitting him early and he looked kind of dazed when he got up. I feel like that made a difference and he coughed it up.”
That’s just pro football, but it does make you wonder why NFL commissioner Roger Goodell goes overboard disciplining players for victimless off-field transgressions.
These guys are ordered to cause mayhem on the field – trimming life spans in the process – but they can’t smoke a little weed in their spare time?
CRUMMY EFFORT OF THE NIGHT
The Orlando Magic scored 10 points in the third quarter at Boston last night. Then they scored 10 points in the fourth quarter, too, giving them 56 for the game.
That was the worst offensive effort in team history. It also wasn't nearly enough to beat the Boston Celtics.
“It didn’t start well, and it got worse as the game went on,” Magic coach Stan Van Gundy told reporters. “That’s the most dominating defensive performance at least that I’ve ever had against me. There’s no singling anybody out. It’s the first game, I think, in my career I’ve ever been through where literally not one guy played well. We didn’t play well. So there’s no finger-pointing, and it’s why you get dominated. Not one guy had a good night, and I’m foremost among them.”
Is Prince Fielder enjoying the free agent recruiting process?
FROM THE TWEETDECK
Mark Kriegel, FoxSports.com: “Listening to guys at the bar talking about Eli's a better quarterback than Tom Brady. Maybe someone spiked their beers with #SuperBowlhype.”
The Fake ESPN: “49ers issue protest over NFC game finish when they noticed Ed Hochuli still explaining the overtime rules this afternoon.”
Sports Pickle: “Tim Thomas didn't show up for tonight's debate either. He's one pissed off goalie.”
Eric Stangel: “Tim Thomas refuses to go to International House of Pancakes because he doesn't like their dependence on foreign syrups.”
Tripping Olney: “THE BLUE JAYS AND TIGERS ARE STILL FRONTRUNNERS FOR MATT GARZA. SEE? SOME STUPID TOOL WILL RETWEET THIS LIKE IT MEANS SOMETHING.”
FROM THE BLOG-O-SPEAR
Sounds like the folks are Kissing Suzy Kolber aren’t totally looking forward to the Super Bowl:
At long last, New York and Boston gets to settle an overblown regional rivalry through the medium of professional sports. It must be very cathartic to finally get that opportunity.
Did you know that Week 9 against the Giants was the last game that the Patriots lost?
Were you aware that that very game ended with Eli Manning throwing a touchdown pass to Jake Ballard, who wears the same jersey number that David Tyree wore as a Giant? A David Tyree who made a Giant Snatch, which was the Official Bill Simmons These Are My Readers Most Luckiest Leg Sweep In Rocky IV History?
These will be IMPORTANT COINCIDENCES used to create an extra sense of drama for a game that doesn’t really need it, but you’ll be bombarded with them nonetheless. But it’s the Super Bowl. If it weren’t these, it’ve been something about Jack Harbaugh whipping both of his sons with the sticks that correspond to the colors of the teams they now coach.