What’s the biggest story in sports right now? Many would say its the New Orleans Saints putting bounties on players, trying to knock them out of games. Coaches might lose their jobs, draft picks might be forfeited and the Saints are going to get hit with a hefty fine. There has been outcry all over the sports world since the story broke. I just don’t understand what the big deal is. Here are two major reasons:
1. NFL players make millions of dollars a year. Everytime an idiot like Ochocinco or TO gets fined for saying something stupid, or James Harrison gets fined for a dirty hit, the fines come out to 25,000-50,000k. Everyone always says “eh, thats not much money for a pro athlete, not a big deal”. Well, the Saint’s bounty was for much less money then that. It was for about 1,000-1,500 bucks according to reports. What is the incentive for these players. I think the desire to win the game would be much stronger to knock out a player than a supposed “bounty” which amount to pocket change to most of these guys.
2. Also, this scandal is about a time period in which the Saints won a Super Bowl. They were good, the players inflicted pain onto the opposing team. If the bounty is the reason they won as much as they did, then I wish the Jets would do the same (being a Jets fan). I don’t think the few thousand dollars could be the driving force of the desire to knock out an opposing player. If a defensive player is trying to hurt the other team, thats what makes him good. The most violent players are the ones who get paid the most. The entire NFL pay system rewards these players, so James Harrison, Ray Lewis and Troy Polamalu get paid sick amounts for hitting players.
Like I said, I don’t think a bounty is at all responsible for their desire to hurt their opponents, and if it is, then the Saints are smart for instilling one. I know they sure as hell aren’t going to be required to return their Super Bowl Title, so in retrospect, it was all worth it.