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The latest player fined $50,000 is...

Posted on: November 3, 2010 5:41 pm
Edited on: November 3, 2010 5:50 pm
 
Posted by Andy Benoit
E. Sims
There is another member of the NFL’s 50K Illegal Hits Club: Eagles outside linebacker Ernie Sims. Sims has been docked for a hit that occurred in Week 7 against the Titans. CBS’s Charley Casserly first reported that Sims’ hit did not draw a flag but that the NFL would meet about it this week.

NFL spokesman Jon Zimmer told Pro Football Talk that Sims was $50,000 for unnecessary roughness.  "Specifically, on a pass play, he unnecessarily struck his opponent, a defenseless receiver, in the head and neck area with his forearm," Zimmer said.

Sims’ fine is heftier because he is a repeat offender (he was flagged for unnecessary roughness in December ’08 and September ’09). Sims’ next illegal hit could get him suspended.

The Eagles probably aren’t thrilled, though those who have watched Sims on film the past two seasons are probably thinking in the back of their minds, “Hey, at least the former first-rounder is finally playing with aggression again.”

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 30, 2012 3:44 pm
 

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Since: May 4, 2008
Posted on: November 6, 2010 12:38 pm
 

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It's the dumbest rule in sports. Players are not allowed to lead where their heads. Guess where the head is, on top of the shoulders. It's IMPOSSIBLE to not lead with the head. What are they supposed to lead with, their knees?

If you don't want to be hurt, stop playing. Offensive players get fame and fortune for the risks they take, then they want to be little girls about it and keep the fame and fortune, but don't want the risk. Bailout Nation at its worst. Just the the US economy, it will FAIL.




Since: May 4, 2008
Posted on: November 6, 2010 12:32 pm
 

The latest player fined $50,000 is...

@spilla

NFL = NO FUN LEAGUE




Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: November 4, 2010 5:50 pm
 

The latest player fined $50,000 is...

Phightlins- I think you're just taking these analogies to the extreme.  Can race car drivers remove their safety equipment. No I guess not, but football players can't remove their pads or helmets either. Can hockey players leave their feet to deliver hits?  No, they are penalized. Which is exactly the extent of how helmet to helmet or chop block hits should be treated. With a flag.  Make it a 30 yard penalty, who cares. But fines and suspensions to de-rail the whole violent act of hitting is taking things too far.  As for the NASA analogy, I'm not drawing any parallel so you might have to enlighten me on that one.

Like, the guy below states- this is a consumer driven sport- football is the real pasttime here because of it's violent nature, you take that away or diminish it and you've got a water-down product.  Again, why not get a desk job if they're that worried about brain damage or walking upright at the age of 45?  Are these guys great athletes, capable of doing things that most of us aren't. Yeah they are, but what really sets them apart is their physical toughness.  Meaning we're subsidizing lavish lifestyles because we admire their freakish toughness...so if we water that down, what are we paying for...a touch football league?  I'm not saying you have to agree with me, but as a consumer I think it's fair to ask for a better product and violence unfortunately makes this a better product.



Since: Nov 3, 2010
Posted on: November 4, 2010 2:40 pm
 

The latest player fined $50,000 is...

Either take the helmets away from the players or stop griping.  It is a high risk, violent game.  Everyone knows what the stakes are involved.



Since: Nov 10, 2008
Posted on: November 4, 2010 1:19 pm
 

Maybe things changed when ....

... kids stopped playing pick-up football.  You'd find a field and choose sides.  No pads allowed!  Spikes only.  If someone went head-hunting there'd be a fight.

Tackle with your head?  Only an idiot would do that.  Forearm another kid in the head and the rest of his team was looking for you ... and yes, pay-backs were a b!-ch.



Since: Jul 22, 2008
Posted on: November 4, 2010 11:31 am
 

I agree--Game is being Ruined

Keep it up, NFL, and we'll start our own league called 'Actual Football'.  I keep half-joking that baseball used to be America's pastime but with these pussy rules constanly being implemented, it may reclaim the title once again. 

There is a reason these guys make millons/year, there is a reason it is America's favorite sport.  Let's face it, Americans love violence and you start taking away the modern version of the Gladiator sport, they will eventually turn away and spend their money on a league or sport that will give them what they want. 

It's called economic reality and what the consumer desires:  The consumer desperately wants huge hits, gut-splitting screams snd big  exciting downfield plays.   Above all, to witness the fastest angriest, what otherwise would-be-criminals&n
bsp;trying to basically kill each other week after week. 

If you can't deliver that, pure and simple, someone else will. 

As the old adage goes, NFL, or get off the pot. 




Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: November 4, 2010 9:37 am
 

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Sims is a loose cannon.  He was hitting his teammates like that in summer training!  Andy Reid had to sit down with the guy and tell him to tone it down.  I am glad to see he got fined.  I remember seeing the hit he got fined for and was surprised the announcers didn't say much about it.  As soon as saw the hit I said, "There's a fine."  Maybe the NFL can come out and watch the Eagles practice next summer to protect our players.


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