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Sal Alosi tripping ordeal is getting ridiculous

Posted on: December 17, 2010 4:31 pm
Posted by Andy Benoit

According to Jane McManus of ESPN New York, NFL representatives met with New York Jets officials to find out exactly who in the organization had knowledge of Sal Alosi’s “sideline antics”. The Jets announced earlier this week that Alosi was suspended indefinitely after the team discovered that he was the one who issued the order to form a wall along the sideline.

But if you pause for a moment, you might notice the funny smell this story emits. WhS. Alosi (US Presswire)y did it take the Jets until Wednesday to discover that Alosi gave the order to form a wall? That’s not the type of thing that requires an investigation. After Nolan Carroll was tripped, Rex Ryan or another Jets coach could have walked up to the members of the wall and said something along the lines of, “Say guys, who told you to stand there?” Or, they could have asked that question after the game. Or first thing Monday morning. Or anytime Tuesday.

Instead, the Jets discovered that Alosi issued the order after the entire country over-reacted to the story. (And yes, the country over-reacted. What Alosi did was cheap and out of line, but at the end of the day, this major controversy we’re talking about here is a case of one man tripping another. It’s easy to say Carroll could have been hurt on the play, but any player can get hurt in any circumstance. The reality is, Alosi didn’t commit a felony – he TRIPPED a guy.)

But let’s get back to the point: the Jets “discovered” Alosi gave the order to form a wall only after the story became a big deal. Then they suspended him indefinitely. Convenient timing, no?

Some might think that Alosi is taking the fall for an order that was issued from someone above him (like, say, Rex Ryan or Mike Westhoff). But do you really think something like people standing along a certain part of the sideline is an official order that comes down from the powers that be? Or, is it possible that it’s something that happens when one person sees a team lining up for a punt and suddenly says, “Hey guys, I have a clever idea…”?

It’s extremely doubtful that there even was an official order given. And if there was, no way Alosi was the guy. The NFL is a very hierarchical culture; no team would give its strength and conditioning coach the power to issue an order of any sorts during a game.
Nevertheless, the media has run with this opportunity to make a story. Can’t blame the media, really. Fans have eaten it up. Which is why here we are reporting the big news that the NFL is formally looking into a tripping case.

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Sal Alosi tripping ordeal is getting ridiculous

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Since: Dec 21, 2010
Posted on: December 21, 2010 4:28 pm

Sal Alosi tripping ordeal is getting ridiculous

Andy, you're missing the point. Alosi tripped the guy! According to the tone of your article, tripping a guy is as benign as giving him a dirty look. He deliberately tripped another player!  What does that say for "sportsmanship"? What kind of example would be set if all of us fans weren't utterly outraged by this type of behavior? 

Yes he did commit a felony, a moral felony.  He should be banned from the NFL for life.

Since: Aug 16, 2009
Posted on: December 17, 2010 7:00 pm

Sal Alosi tripping ordeal is getting ridiculous

Wallgate!  I love it.   Rex Ryan: what did he know and when did he know it?   I can't wait until ESPN goes to the film vault and shows how many other teams have been doing this - like, the Patriots?  If dumb-head had not stuck his knee out, the walls woudl continue...

Since: Jun 13, 2007
Posted on: December 17, 2010 5:44 pm

Sal Alosi tripping ordeal is getting ridiculous

The Meadowlands seems to have conspiracies all over.  First was the 1978 Miracle in the Meadowlands when Gotham fan favorite Joe Pisarcik muffed the handoff to run out the clock.  Next up was the FBI excavating the field to see if J. Hoffa was pushing up daisies artificial turf.   Who knows how many other events are covered up.  Look, we need to find the second tripper out on the grassy knoll.  There is no way Sal acted alone.

The best way for this story die is for the Jets to beat the Steelers.  The Jets need to make their own good karma instead of lying down and circling the drain.  The self pity needs to stop.  

Since: Dec 17, 2010
Posted on: December 17, 2010 5:32 pm

Sal Alosi tripping ordeal is getting ridiculous

This is ridiculus, the coaches are on the outside of the sideline, its not like he stuck his foot into the field of play.  Also, a player that is knocked out of bounds is supposed to make an effort to return to the field of play as soon as possible.  The Dolphins player definately wasn't.  He was taking advantage of the clear space on the sideline, which should have been a penalty.  Im not trying to justify what the Jets did, but the Dolphins player is just as much in the wrong on this as well as the NFL.  If the Jets did plan this, and it sounds like they did, it was based on film study and it was to counter an obvious rule infraction that wasnt being enforced by the NFL.  

Since: Aug 25, 2007
Posted on: December 17, 2010 5:11 pm

Sal Alosi tripping ordeal is getting ridiculous

Look, the guy never should have tripped Carroll in the first place.  But he did.  So fire the guy and move on already.  No way this should still be a story at this point.  WHO CARES!!!!  As long as the team is standing behind the white line, WHO CARES if they form a wall.  This whole story is stupid at this point.

Since: Jun 7, 2008
Posted on: December 17, 2010 4:53 pm

Sal Alosi tripping ordeal is getting ridiculous

Over-reacted? Have you ever brushed the cheese doodles off your shirt and played an actual sport? When your out there giving your all going as fast as you can and your legs get kicked out from underneath you, you tell me someone is over reacting when they want the tripping culprit punished. First of all, he is not a player, he is not on the field. How safe should players feel if they not only have to worry about the other 21 players on the field but also the 250 people standing off the sidelines? This was a complete idiotic move on WHOEVER gave the "order" like the Jets are some Mafia and Alosi is the cover guy. I don't even like the Dolphins but I know this was really effed up. 

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