Posts Tagged ‘New Orleans Saints’

He’s 32 years old now and his debut seems long ago. And so far Michael Vick has failed to achieve those lofty expectations. Now the clock appears to be ticking down on a career that can at best be described as a disappointment.Yes, there have been truly unforgettable, sensational moments, when Vick has done the seemingly unbelievable, by either running or throwing the ball. But there are also huge gaps in-between, marked by inexplicable fumbles, untimely interceptions and numerous injuries.

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As bad as the on-going “bounty-gate” scandal has become, especially now with the release of the damning audio from the Saints locker room, I’m just not willing to act like it’s the worst thing that has ever happened in sports. I’m growing weary of the hypocrisy that “bounty-gate” has inspired.

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Peyton Manning is a Bronco. Bounty hunting is severely punished. And Tim Tebow takes Tebow-mania to the Big Apple. Just like that, in the span of only a few days, the very predictable NFL world has been turned inside-out.

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While the nature of the game dictates that injuries will always happen, it is clearly out of bounds to deliberately do harm to another player with a so-called bounty payment as incentive.

That said bounties have a long, if undocumented, history in the NFL. But bounties have been implicitly tolerated for years because no one talked publicly about them. Bounties were always whispered, and speculated about, which meant the league and the commissioner never had to take action. In other words – boys have at it, but please don’t embarrass the game.

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The Indianapolis Colts never had a chance. The Who Dat Nation and the New Orleans Saints were not to be denied on Super Bowl Sunday. Call it fate, destiny or whatever, but something intervened. This was the Saints’ Super Bowl. The Saints reaped the benefits of every break, hit a bit harder and seemed to […]

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