Who’s Going To Protect The Players If The NFL Itself Can’t Do Its Best To Protect Them ?

Who’s Going To Protect The Players If The NFL Itself Can’t Do Its Best To Protect Them ?

It’s becoming extremely difficult to find some reason to give credence to the events that took place on the sidelines of the game between the Miami Dolphins and New York Jets . The actions of Jets’ strength and conditioning coach Sal Alosi and that of a number of players who are on the teams’s injured reserved list . As the Dolphins’ Nolan Carroll raced down the sidelines Alosi made sure that his leg was there to impede Carroll causing him to fall to the ground. Now while an apology has been forthcoming from Alosi , one could clearly see that the move was intentional and not an accident as he was trying to suggest at the time. What might be even more unconscionable is the mere fact that Mike Westhoff the assistant coach to Rex Ryan is now coming to the defense of the beleaguered Alosi and suggesting that the incident was unfortunate mistake by his associate. The question I’d ask of Westhoff would he be of the same opinion were that a Jets’ player and the player in question were Mark Sanchez ? I guess we’ll never know but somehow I do believe that Westhoff and the Jets’ organization would be asking for their pound of flesh with the offender’s head being served up and placed on a silver platter !


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Alosi has since been suspended by the Jets’ organization indefinitely and the NFL is now conducting its own investigation into the incident. Roger Goodell and his office have to do more to stop this sort of irresponsible behavior and furthermore for the players who were on the sidelines at the time of the incident and stated this is done by them all the time, it begs the question why didn’t they speak out at the time of Alosi’s stupidity ? Two of the players who were on the sidelines at the time of the incident have stated that Sal Alosi asked them to be on the sidelines during regular game-time play and to be there as a way of depriving the opposing player room while in motion. Now what I’d like to know is what would have been done had Nolan Carroll been seriously injured during his fall after Alosi’s idiocy ? It’s bad enough that with the repeated injuries such concussions being suffered by a number of players after rather dubious plays in some instances we now have the NFL coming and imposing fines upon the players who are actually enacting these hits. To date the Pittsburgh Steelers’ ____ James Harrison has been penalized to the tune of $125,000 and it’d be fair to say that before season’s end that sum could rise exponentially.

Those of us who may well have seen the game between the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles will have witnessed the mind numbingly physicality of the game between the two teams and there were several hits aimed at Eagles’ quarterback Michael Vick . The player who has been having a tremendous season to the extent that he’s now the top vote getter in the NFL for the Pro Bowl . That asides those hits and the fact that they were not called leads me to believe that Vick was fair game for the Cowboys’ defensive players . Were that say, Tom Brady , Peyton Manning , Philip Rivers or Drew Brees I do believe that the referees officiating the game would have called the penalties …….. roughing the passer ! But invariably the calls were not made even in light of the fact that many of the hits were most definitely after the play. It’s now being left to the league and certain officials after a game to determine what’s fair concerning a hit by a player on another player on the opposing team . If there’s no consistency by the officials officiating during a game then how can anyone believe that a decision made after the result has been determined makes things right ? If anything by perception alone this smacks of incompetency and sheer stupidity on the part of the NFL . But as Goodell’s office now determines what they deem to be appropriate then I guess that the focus and mindset within the game somehow changes in terms of the competitiveness of players and how to some extent a game will be determined.

We all know that the NFL is a ‘star driven league’ that’s essentially about the pre-eminent faces there and in this case those stars are inevitably the highly prized and well known quarterbacks around the game . As I alluded to earlier, the likes of Brady , Manning , Rivers and Brees are well protected by the officials and I’ve no doubt that this is being done at the behest of the commissioner’s office. The Green Bay Packers’ ___ Aaron Rodgers has now suffered his second concussion in as many months this season and is probable for the team’s —— game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts . That being said without Rogers at the helm the Packers’ season could very well go up in smoke as they’re fighting for not only a playoff berth but also with the possibility of winning the NFC North . Things are tightening up within the NFC and it could very well be that the Green Bay Packers who were heavily favored as a playoff contender will now be on the outside looking in.

Speaking of quarterbacks isn’t it now time for Brett Favre to put an end to this farce and the possibility of him now returning to play the final three games of the Minnesota Vikings’ season ? As bad as things have been for the Vikings this season much of it has come about as Favre has seemingly fallen apart not only professionally but also privately , as there’s still an open ongoing investigation into the allegations that the player had sent sexually explicit pictures to Jenn Sterger a former New York Jets’ employee. If that wasn’t enough Favre has admitted to sending explicit messages to Sterger but states that pictures allegedly of him are in fact of someone else. Commissioner Goodell has stated that he’s close to making a decision concerning the player’s actions and that it will be in line with the league’s personal conduct policy. At best Favre would be looking at a suspension and perhaps some form of rehab which to my mind is all too little, too late considering the nature of the player’s actions and the fact that he’s married man, a father and grandfather. The league is all about its image but the fact of the matter is when it comes to doing what’s appropriate they continue to come up short repeatedly. It’s as if at times the league condones misogyny and acts such as this which are so egregious and unlawful. It now begs the question also why weren’t law enforcement officials brought in to investigate this matter when it first came to the fore ? This has been one story that Favre and the NFL wishes would go away.

The season itself now has come down to a number of teams looking to remain consistent and those looking for a backdoor into the playoffs. I’d recently suggested to a patron of my site that I felt it was ludicrous that we could very well see a team from either of the AFC West or NFC West win their division with a sub .500 record . And far be it for me to suggest but when that happens and a team with a much better record within the conference is denied a place merely because of a divisional winner’s record that to my mind smacks of stupidity ! And inasmuch as the league deems it a fair system there is nothing at all on appearance that is really fair. It’s all a matter of perception and what the league itself wishes as a proponent of the present format.

Rich McKay who’s the President of the Atlanta Falcons has proposed that the league re-seeds the teams once the regular season is over and wherein teams with a better record than those of a divisional winner within their respective conferences are given a higher seeding and home field advantage. This isn’t as complex as it might first sound but there are a number of detractors of McKay’s proposal and the fact that those teams who’d be affected aren’t entirely with these changes. But to my mind these changes would be far more beneficial to the league and for the fans but as we know the league has an aversion to change in a number of ways. Change is normally seen as being good but somehow I feel that at this moment in time the NFL would rather be at a standstill as it deals with a number of other obligations. Case in point they are no further along in their negotiations with the NFLPA and DeMaurice Smith the Executive Director of the union. And one would have thought that speeding up the labor negotiations and coming to an amicable agreement would be a great deal easier given the things at stake and possible loss of goodwill amongst the fans. In many ways I view the NFL hierarchy , owners and players as top heavy bureaucracy that’s laden with a group of idiots at all levels from the top on down.



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What thoughts if any do you have on the NFL , the season and how the direction that things seem to be going for a number of teams around the league ? Chime in with a comment on your thoughts and views .


Alan aka tophatal …………………… 🙂



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13 thoughts on “Who’s Going To Protect The Players If The NFL Itself Can’t Do Its Best To Protect Them ?”

    1. Bob’s Blitz

      Goodell , the NFL hierarchy and owners are a bunch of lame ass screw ups who more often than not are afraid to do what’s right when common sense ought to prevail. Is there any other reason why they’ve dragged their feet concerning Favre ? The evidence is there to show the guy broke the law but they simply are kissing Favre’s ass because he’s meant to be the iron man and legend of the league ? Fu_k them and the horse they rode in on !

      tophatal ……………………


    1. Chris Humpherys

      And last night the Giants at times were looking for ways to tee-off on Vick . Fortunately Vick and his teammates had something for their lame ass !

      The only other way for the Giants to embarrass themselves last night was for the entire team to simply bend over and kiss their own ass ! But then again they should be use to that considering how badly they played last night !

      Alosi and the Jets’ coaching staff are a bunch of goons and it simply represents what Ryan as such is all about as those antics simply mirror his demeanor !

      tophatal ……………


  1. The NFL is doing what they can to protect the players, but unless the coaches, officials, and players themselves adhere to the rules, men will continue to be injured unnecesarily.
    Unfortunetly the prevailing attitude in sports today is that if you ain’t cheatin’, you ain’t tryin’.


    1. aero

      The NFL are simply not doing enough as the officials have been way too inconsistent over the season . Simply look at what took place in the Eagles Cowboys game last week when they were several late hits on Vick by the Cowboys’ defensive players which weren’t at all called by the officials .

      You ain’t cheatin then you ain’t tryin’ is completely related to baseball and NASCAR because that’s been the only thing that the both sports have in common and are use to !

      Even my one of my favorite Brit Lucy Pinder agrees with me . Cause she knows what it takes not to cheat but how to really please a man .

      🙂 ____ 😛 ____ 😉

      tophatal …………………. 😉


    1. al clements

      It’s going to take a tragedy of monstrous proportions before the league and players simply get it’ and until then we’ll continue to see the numerous injuries that simply take place from week to week that could well have been avoided . I know that the game has its risks but much of it can be avoided if the players and officials use a great deal more common sense.

      If this gal stoops forward to try and touch her toes could she automatically give herself a headache and concussion at the same time ?

      Sheyla Hershey

      And the gorgeous Sheyla Hershey would like to see if you’d like to get a hold of rack ? Wonder if she’s a descendant of the Hershey confectionery family from Hershey , Pa ?

      😉 — 😛

      tophatal … …………….. 😉


  2. The NFL is having a lot of problems even if it is the most popular league. I don’t buy Alosi was acting on his own there, and really could care less. I like Chris’s idea of putting him on the Redskins staff 🙂


    1. chappy81

      How’d you have felt had that been McFadden going down the sidelines with him sure of making the endzone having caught a pass from Campbell during a game ? Had McFadden or in this Carroll been seriously injured there’d be a public outcry and I’m sure that fans within Raider Nation would be calling for Alosi’s balls to be severed from the rest of his body !

      The Redskins now make the Clippers , Royals and Pirates now seem ever so special . And this allegedly is an NFL franchise said to be worth in excess of $1.25 billion ? How the f_ck can that be ?

      tophatal ………… 😉


  3. That’s a good point Al. I probably would be upset more about it if it was McFadden. Although I don’t think I’d have to be that mad. I bet Seymour would walk over to the other sideline when they were on defense and bitch slap him!

    I have no idea how the Redskins are worth over a billion dollars that’s just ridiculous!


    1. chappy

      Did you say upset ? Screw that knowing you , mceezy and Steve from 2oldformaxim you guys would’ve hogtied Alosi and cut his balls off , force feed him them and then get some ex prisoner to sodomize the guy just for good measure. Am I right or am I wrong ? LOL,LOL,LOL !!!

      It’s merely because of where they’re (Redskins) situated that they’re worth that much . If they were in Idaho or some po-dunk part of the country you could cut that figure by close to half. But I do believe that Shanahan is on his way into turning the ‘skins into a friggin’ ghost town . If things get much worse the fans will stop going to Fedex Field and become Ravens supporters.

      The only reason to go to a Redskins’ game is for the pregame entertainment as in the cheerleaders ?


      tophatal …………… 😉


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