Jaime has good news and bad news. The good news? A Playboy.com bracket tournament. The Bad? Bounty hunting.
I’m just gonna dive right in on the Saints posting bounties for hard hits to opposing players.
I think it is pretty arrogant of them to think they’re above the law. There has been a new sheriff in town for a while now and his rules have been made clear: you make a bad hit, you get a bad fine. Who do the Saints think they are that they can just all willy-nilly play by their own rules?
Now don’t get me wrong. You know me. I love a good rough and tumble game of football when the boys are playing hard. In the words of Reese Bobby, “If you’re not first, you’re last.” I think that’s the only way to play, but how silly (and not in the ‘haha’ way) do you have to be to think you can just go around posting bounties on players and get away with it? Or worse to think its ok?
A few rogue players making their own rules I can understand. Not accept, but understand. But this involves the whole team! Owners, coaches, assistant coaches, captains, they all knew! Now, they didn’t all post the money for the bounties but they certainly did not try and stop it. They just turned a blind eye and pretended it wasn’t happening.
I think we can all agree that football is dangerous. These guys are 350 pounds of muscle. Getting hit by one of them on a good day would be like getting run over by a Mack truck, but getting hit by one of them when he is trying to hurt you? Well I just can’t imagine what that would feel like and I don’t think I want to!
That’s why Roger Goodell started cracking down on these sorts of shenanigans. Remember Spygate? $250k in fines to the team, $500k to Bill Belichick AND a first round pick. I think that’s what hurt them, the pick not the money. If the Pats got all that for using a camera to steal other teams plays imagine what the Saints are looking at for setting up an intricate Old West bounty system!
The big concern will be whether star players decide to walk away from the team, and if Goodell does penalize them a few draft picks, how the Saints will continue marching when no one wants to come via free agency and they don’t have any picks in the draft? What happens then? What do you do with a team who thinks they’re better than the other 31 teams and the guy who is running the show?
I’d say at the very least there are going to be a few suspensions. Probably some draft picks taken away. I think Sean Peyton is probably too proud to resign but there will be more than a few words between him, the owners and the league. You just can’t do that sort of thing and not face the music.
Ok. That’s it. End Rant.
On a cheerier note, I’ve got good news for all you sports fans. Playboy and I are going to be hosting an online college basketball bracket competition this year and I’m pretty confident you’re all going down. I’ve been brushing up on my college hoops and I think I’ve got the whole thing figured out. I hear perfect brackets are tough to pull off, but I’ve got a few tricks up my sleeve and you’re all in trouble.
So make sure you check back to Playboy.com on Wednesday to get yourself signed up…TO LOSE! Hahahaha! Let me and @playboydotcom know who you think is gonna win this year’s tournament, then fill out your bracket on Sunday to win some awesome prizes and see if you can beat me!